The Lair of the White Worm
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Ken Russell's Lair of the White Worm uses Dracula author Bram Stoker's final novel as the basic springboard into a surreal and dark-humored tale concerning a bizarre cult and a series of sacrificial murders in honor of an ancient pagan god. When archeologist Angus Flint (Peter Capaladi) discovers the mysterious scull of an undiscovered beast, further investigation reveals a bizarre myth concerning a medieval knight slaying a fearsome dragon. Soon making the acquaintance of Lord James D'Ampton (Hugh Grant), the conquering knight's descendant, Flint begins to learn of local lore… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A totally strange, gore-drenched horror/comedy about ancient pagan rituals that leaves you with only one certain thought in your head: that Ken Russell is one very bent fellow."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Equal parts awful and hypnotic"
‑ Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World
"An almost perfect savvy blend of horror and comedy that both honors the horror genre while standing it on its head."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Half-serious and half-mocking, this film occupies a confused area where it isn't exactly sure what it is."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Fun-filled, oddball British vampire flick"
‑ Andreas Samuelson, Slasherpool
"Effective, unique horror movie."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
"One of the worst films I've ever seen."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Gleefully over the top - Ken Russell's last good movie."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Christianity and paganism clash in Ken Russell's campy The Lair of the White Worm."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Cheap effects and gratuitous displays of nudity only heighten the film's delirious demeanor."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
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