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Lair of the White Worm
||A filming of Bram Stoker's
badly written novel. Strange considering Ken found
Stoker's most famous book Dracula to be boring.
The worm is actually a snake, and a snake
woman searches out sacrifices. Her car, moving through
the night with green headlamps looks like a snake
("I change my cars like a snake sheds its
skin"). With her make-up she looks sexy but not
frightening, but it doesn't matter as the film becomes a
Hugh Grant is the lord of the manor, who slays
a symbolic snake at a party (in a scene based on Lang's
Siegfried) and later kills the snake woman in the same
way. But the snake woman is only the servant to the god.
Because Oxenberg refused to appear
nude we have the unique sacrificial scene where
the executioner is naked but the victim, tied and
bound and waiting to be sacrificed to a giant
worm, still wears her knickers.
Sammi Davis is good in the role of helpless female.
Catherine Oxenberg of Dynasty is not especially good.
is superb as the Snake Woman. Hugh Grant plays a
grinning Englishman with a cute hairstyle.
Ken Russell's daughter
appears briefly in a film within the film.
hose-pipe writhing like a snake.
The hands of the watch turned
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of the White Worm. You
feature a picture of Amanda Donohoe hissing on
the crucifix. When she draws back there is a
shadow on the wall from a spider plant. It forms
a man's head with a starburst for an eye. It's a
neat image. And quite low budget" (thanks
band performing and the ceremonial worm being cut in
sequence with the ceremonial worm is a homage to Fritz
There is a lame Rosebud joke.
Lots of snakes, the game
of snakes and ladders. A nunnery and a dream sequence
featuring nuns, rape, crucifixion and snakes.
and lighting are similar to the caves in Altered States.
Other films released in the same year include Rainman, A Fish
Called Wanda and The Last Temptation of Christ and Russell's Salome´s