The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm ★★★★★

Film 18 of The December Project, and another horror movie I didn't get round to in October.

Friends recommended this ages ago as a fantastically silly film with not only a very good looking cast, but a storyline about archaeology and pagan gods too. I loved it and I wish I'd watched it sooner so I could have seen it again for Hallowe'en.

Peter Capaldi (now best known as In The Loop's Malcom Tucker), a frightfully posh young Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg and another blonde actress make like a twentysomething Famous Five - minus Timmy the Dog - investigating mysterious disappearances and the local legend of a giant ferocious worm that may not be so mythological after all. Amanda Donohoe as an enigmatic local aristocrat and ancient high priestess is at once high camp and white hot femme fatale.

If you like the idea of a late 1980's BBC Sunday evening drama that also happens to be a hilarious, sexy, daft horror that isn't completely flooded with gore... then chances are you've already seen The Lair of the White Worm.

This is absolutely the most fun I've ever had with a genre I'm not generally keen on. I've been told that this film is a one-off, but if you know of anything else like it, recommendations please!

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