Looking for a budget: The Lair of the White Worm
The Lair of the White Worn from 1988. 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 horror-comedy. 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 bra and knickers.
is superb as the Snake Woman. Hugh Grant plays a
grinning Englishman with a cute hairstyle. Unknown
Sammi Davis is good in the role of helpless female.
Catherine Oxenberg of Dynasty is not especially good. Ken Russell's daughter
appears briefly in a film within the film.
The hands of the watch turned
band performing and the ceremonial worm being cut in
sequence with the ceremonial worm is a homage to Fritz
Other films released in the same year include Rainman, A Fish
Called Wanda and The Last Temptation of Christ as well as Russell's Salome´s