mosquitodragon’s review published on Letterboxd:
Haven't I heard that this film is many critics' pick as one of the worst films ever made? Well, that's a fucking ludicrous claim, so let's just start with that.
There's no doubt Ken Russell makes some pretty strange directorial choices in this film - especially the weird fever visions people get when they are exposed to the venom. But I think anyone who claims this is a laughably bad film is probably feeling a slight breeze in their hair as the whole thing whistles over their head.
The Lair of the White Worm is a comedy first and foremost, sometimes played deadpan, sometimes with a pretty obvious wink. I just think it's incredibly good fun and I loved every minute of it.
The cast is great - apart from Catherine Oxenberg's rather distracting dubbing, you've got Hugh Grant doing exactly what Hugh Grant does, Peter Capaldi weighed down under 5lbs of wild hair, Paul Brooke doing his own version of British-creepy and Amanda Donahoe putting in a performance of legendary sexiness/scariness.
I need to buy a version of this, I intend to rewatch many times :)