The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm ★★★★

Quickie Review 
Screams to Stream 2: A New Nightmare in 5 Parts (Part 2 Conclusion)
My deep dive into Showtime Anytime’s horror selection wasn’t so deep after all. Probably because there was so little horror movies of interest and plus there were some there that I’ve already seen so there’s that. At least part 2 gets to conclude on a high note with this wild & comedic tale from Ken Russell, director of Altered States and Tommy. Archeologist Angus Flint (a young Peter Capaldi) has discovered a odd skull that was found hidden among the ruins of a convent and around the same time, Lady Sylvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe) has come home to her estate of Temple House. Angus meets Lord James D’Ampton (Hugh Grant), a descendant of a family who has crossed paths with the creature known as the D’Ampton White Worm, and they both discover that creature’s connection with the skull and it’s not long before it’s drawn the attention of Lady Marsh, who has plans to use the skull to release the white worm and sacrifice 2 virginal beauties, Eve Trent (Catherine Oxenberg) and her sister Mary (Sammi Davis), whom Angus & James met earlier. Can Angus & James stop Lady Marsh’s plans to unleash a long-dormant creature and save the Trent sisters from becoming the worm’s meal? Russell’s surreal brand of filmmaking is on full display here in this movie and it shows. Every moment you’re laughing and screaming because it’s able to balance elements of comedy and horror so seamlessly and it’s all due to Russell’s directing. Also, I never knew that Peter Capaldi was in this movie. He’s so young and fresh-faced here. The Lair of the White Worm is a funny and fright-filled blast to watch and never forget: bagpipes are useful when luring a turned follower of the White Worm to their death.

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