The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm ★★★★

Sexy virginal Christian piety and supernatural horror in the English countryside. Lady Amanda Donohoe steals the skull of a skeleton unearthed on the grounds around a country cottage that sits over where an ancient convent existed, with evidence of the ancient Roman empire, and as her fangs appears, she spits a green slime all over a crucifix hanging on one of the walls of the cottage. Just knowing this was based on a novel by Bram Stoker gives it the taste of Dracula, only but it's directed by Ken Russell rather than Terence Fisher, but eternal evil lives on anyway, and with Ken Russell in control, it's steeped in religious and erotic symbols. And it mostly kind of nails it with the white d'Ampton worm, its cavern and the Lady Amanda in her stockings, her Jaguar XKE, and her modernist Gothic mansion.

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