The Lair of the White Worm

Year: 1988

Director: Ken Russell

Written by: Ken Russell

Threat: Snake People

Weapon of Choice: Sundial

Based upon: novel - The Lair of the White Worm - Bram Stoker

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Rish Outfield's reviews
Wow, this was good stuff. I was wary of this title, since I'm a dumb guy, and British horror is usually too cerebral for me. But this was one of the coolest horror films in recent memory. I ought to buy this one as it's a real keeper. It had so many great things about it: Hugh Grant, nudity, reptile vampirism, twisted dream sequences, attractive British women, snakes and phallic symbols--fun for the whole family!
I've become something of a mini-Hugh Grant fan lately, and I think, though he's not the star of the show, that his star presence is very noticeable here. Tyranist and I listened to the raucous beer-drinking theme song three or four times we loved it so much. This was great. I don't think I've been more happy with a horror film in recent memory.
Best Scare: Lots of times, snake people will lift up their heads and hiss at the camera. I hate that.
I'd Recommend It To: The more intelligent Horror fans I know. (Keep your remarks to yourself)

The tyranist's thoughts
This is one of those movies that you see and either love or hate. A lot of "cult" films are that way. I would say that this one deserves much more recognition than most films classed with it though. Fundamentally, this movie is a boring little story of evil religion in the English countryside. Functionally, it is a ton of fun. Actually, I am simply having great difficulty putting my thoughts about this movie into words. In some ways, I would compare it with Cemetery Man , but in others, I would compare it with Conan the Destroyer. Really, the movie is just an imaginitive journey through countryside horror, something not often treated well. Rent it and see for yourself. You won't regret the time spent.
Oh, and if anyone knows where to find the soundtrack, I would pay good money to be able to listen to that Sir John versus the worm song over and over and over again.

Total Skulls: 18

Sequel setup skull
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears skull Hugh Grant
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked skull
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex skull
Unfulfilled promise of nudity skull
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut skull
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence skullskull
No one believes only witness
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes
x years before/later
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim skull
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives skullskull
Geek/Nerd survives skull
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell? skullskull