The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm ★★★★

HORRORx52: 2022 Edition - Colour in the title (10/52)

Oh Ken, you lovable loon. Admittedly, I should watch far more Ken Russell films - the guy is irresistibly flamboyant but is so entertaining. And what better way to demonstrate that than having a baby-faced Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi star in your Bram Stoker adaptation. The Lair of the White Worm is off its rocker from the start. An alien skull, Amanda Donohoe's snake-like sexiness, Grant slicing a vampire in half with a broadsword, Capaldi busting out the bagpipes - here's my vein, inject me there please!

Russell is the defining example that British cinema didn't always need to be about gloomy kitchen sink realism. If anything, The Lair of the White Worm is the vampire movie that adds a few twists and knots to the formula. I.e. those VFX shots where the screen turns into a surrealist religious hallucination. You won't see that in Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula or Interview with a Vampire! Add in Donohoe's infectious villainess, and The Lair of the White Worm had me grinning - I love this barmy film.

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