The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm ★★★★

I remember seeing this on the shelf at the video store as a kid. I'd pick it up. Consider hiring it. Then put it back. I'm not entirely sure why I never got it out, but I'm glad I waited until I was an adult to watch it. The Lair of the White Worm is insane in a way that I don't think I would have appreciated as a teenager. It has outrageous, outrageous effects that resemble mad video art rather than cinema. The dialogue sounds like it was written by aliens and is peppered with strange comedic touches ("Rosebud"). Hugh Grant is Hugh Grant cranked up to eleven. Capaldi is totally bananas. Amanda Donohoe steals the show. She manages to be incredibly sexy, terrifying and charismatic all at once. Russell dishes out some fun practical effects, monsters and general gruesome action making this a surprisingly accessible film. Yep. I really loved this.