The Lair of the White Worm
directed by Ken Russell
(White Lair, 1988)

The Lair of the White Worm is based on a Bram Stoker novel, but do not expect this vampire movie to be in the same league as Dracula. This one is just plain weird!

Archaeologist Angus Flint (Peter Capaldi) unearths a prehistoric snake in a region with numerous legends about giant snakes. Captain James D'Ampton (Hugh Grant) has returned from serving with the Royal Air Force and has inherited the estate and Lord D'Ampton. One of his ancestors was the knight who saved the region by cutting off the head of the giant snake.

Lady Sylvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe) owns the adjoining estate. She is a snake fanatic -- and she is a vampire collecting humans for sacrifice or food for the giant white worm. James and Angus must find the white worm and destroy it before Sylvia sacrifices the next virgin.

If you can stand to continue watching through the first half of the movie, it becomes a bit less confusing. It is definitely a new angle on vampires, though not a very credible one.

It is sad when you have to say that the actors were credible but the story was not, and the lack of credibility with the story created a lack of credibility in those hardworking actors. But that is what happened here. The plot is just plain weird and the storyline wanders to and fro -- visions, dreams, flashbacks ... and I do believe it even flashed sideways a couple of times.

The Lair of the White Worm is a movie to never see. You will not have missed a thing.

review by
Alicia Karen Elkins

6 June 2009

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