The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm ★★★★½

I often start with a short quote to start a review, but I decided to put the full lyrics to the awesome "D'ampton Worm" played live early on by THE TOSSERS. It's long so feel free to click the link to enjoy the actual clip or skip past it to the review:

"John D'Ampton went a-fishing once, a-fishing in the weir; He caught a fish upon his hook he thought looked mighty queer; Now what the kind of fish it was John D'Ampton couldn't tell; But he didn't like the look of it, so he threw it down a well."

"Now the worm got fat and growed, and growed an awful size, With great big teeth and a great big mouth and great big goggle eyes; And when at night it crawled about all looking for some booze; It fit fell dry upon the road, it milked a dozen cows."

"This fearful worm would often feed on cows and lamb and sheep; And swallow little babes alive when they lay down to sleep; So John set out and got the beast and cut it into halves; And that soon stopped it eating babes and sheep and lambs and calves."

"So now you know how all the folks on both sides of the weir; Lost lots of sheep and lots of sleep and lived in mortal fear; So drink the health of brave Sir John, who kept the babes from harm; Saved cows and calves by making halves of that famous D'Ampton Worm!"

Ken Russell was an 80's auteur of the surreal. I was first introduced to Russell's work in his complete head-trip of a movie Altered States at a very young age -- so young that the sweaty sex scenes blew my-- blew my mind you pervs! I loved the way he handled visions and hallucinations. I next tried Gothic and that was frankly too literary for me back in my drunken college period of time.

Russell's Lair of the White Worm is a near-perfect British folk horror adaption of Bram Stoker's 1911 novel "Lair of the White Worm", which itself is based off of the legend of the Lambton Worm.

Amanda Donohoe stands out as the long-fanged bisexual succubus who preys on English Boy Scouts, blundering coppers and vacuous blond aristocrats. Hugh Grant oozes Brit royalty in the most likable way I've ever seen.

The hallucinations / visions are insanely enjoyable. One is a twisted scene of mayhem at the crucification of Jesus. Another is Hugh Grant's wet dream of Amanda Donohoe seducing Grant on a private plane (Grant is rudely awakened by his manservant and is very annoyed).

The practical effects have a fine balance between cheesiness and coolness, and accompanied by the fantastic costumes, scenes, score, acting, and all of those epic visions -- this is a classic that needs greater attention.

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Folk Horror

Drive-In Academy Award nomination for Amanda Donohoe and her toxic spit. The visions she causes when she hisses out her venom are the best.
* 5 Dead Bodies
* Lots and Lots of Amanda Donohoe's Breasts
* Bath Tub Fu
* Snake Bite Fu
* Big-ass Sword Fu

4.5 stars - Repo Jack says check it out!

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