The Lair of the White Worm (1988) - Horror

Hohum Score

12

Watchable

When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 10 out of 76 found boring (13.15%)

One-line Reviews (52)

This is one of the daftest, most extravagantly enjoyable horror films out there, and is well worth catching.

but once you twig that it was Ken Russell having a laugh, it became very entertaining.

The movie has a great dreary look thanks to its setting in rural northern England, which creates a wonderful visual contrast to Amanda's exotic, white marble vampire's nest.

- which is said to be quite confusing).

Never a big fan of Russell, his over the top visual style seems right at home in this sometimes campy, sometimes scary, always entertaining horror film.

A truly frightening film this is not, but it's quite entertaining just the same.

Very sexy performance by Amanda Donahoe too which made it all the more worth watching.

Ken Russell makes the assumption that you are exceedingly dull, so explains every joke, even wrapping the simplest formulaic device in endless exposition.

I was prepared to be proved wrong by this film, but alas it is the usual KR pretentious Micky-take.

It is also a waste of money.

Stoker went to great-lengths to show us how much he hated the aristocracy, just as in Dracula, but it gets tedious and too-talky.

Amanda Donahoe is quite compelling as the Worm's keeper with an infectious bite.

Ludicrous, camp, blasphemous, and thoroughly enjoyable .

Seen late at night after an evening in the pub it is an enjoyable way of passing the time.

The rescue of Hugh Grant and his beloved is disappointing and boring.

As a horror film it's pretty poor: terrible acting; dated video effects inserted into film; cliché ridden plot......

There's holes in the script, the acting is bad, the props even worse; but there are so many insanely bad puns in this movie that it gets more entertaining each time you see it.

Production quality is not great, and the story is a little stretched, but it is very enjoyable.

Like most Ken Russell films it is visually imaginative & fascinating viewing.

Donahue was simply stunning as Sylvia and she delivered her lines with charm and wit, and her costuming was slithering skintight and scrumptiously slinky.

Amanda Donohoe was simply stunning as Sylvia and she delivered her lines with charm and wit, and her costuming was slithering skintight scrumptiously slinky.

) Throw in some trademark Russellian psychedelic visions, some weird dream sequences, a good dose of wry humor and a few undeniable jolts and you have quite an entertaining diversion.

The VERY end is cute but the nearly 1 hour and a half of slow torture it took to get there isn't worth it.

It turned out to be a long, boring movie that wrecked the rest of my evening, if you know what I mean.

On a shoe string budget, Ken Russell made an enjoyable film.

Bram Stoker is best known for Dracula, which has been made into countless films, but this film adaptation of one of his other novels is well worth watching.

It's not bad, and it has some excellent-ideas, but that's really what sums Stoker up-best--he had good concepts and a background-story, but a boring execution.

Boring Nonsense .

Handsomely photographed in color with attractive settings indoor and out, it provides a steady mix of laughter and fright while managing to be entertaining despite the overly weird material.

A very divisive film, for this viewer it was very enjoyable and a big improvement over the source material .

Occasionally dull dialog, lukewarm acting and poor special effects offset by imaginative story elements and cinematic style.

It doesn't matter, though, as there are far too many enjoyable and over-the-top absurd sequences in this movie to get upset about the shortcomings.

I would recommend "Lair of the White Worm" to anyone who likes camp or is into enjoyable genre films.

The other women look decent but are somewhat forgotten while they attempt to tell some very dull story.

I haven't read Bram Stoker's novel so I don't know how much the movie has to do with it, but Russell takes EVERY opportunity for to show a phallic symbol or a puerile gag, and that, added to the tongue in cheek performances from the cast (especially Peter Capaldi, Hugh Grant and the delicious Amanda Donohoe), makes this one of the silliest and most entertaining movies you'll ever see.

Some good camera work, strange special effects/flashbacks, typical brit dialog with dry humor and a great performance by the worm woman (Donohoe) make the film worth watching.

Don't waste your time!!!!!!!

Filled with wild imagery and fascinating set pieces will almost certainly keep you busy.

From the beginning, there's a really strong build-up along the way with the slow reveal of the cult and their existence giving this a strong start here with the unearthing of the skull and the remnants of the society left along the way there, along with her muttering on about all the different incidents that happen around her house that continually bring them into contact with the queen which continually keeps the mystery building here.

But, the movie is entertaining and provides a good movie to watch with friends if you would like or a perfect movie for teen get-togethers.

This one was quite enjoyable and really had a lot to like here.

At times, Stanislas Styrewicz's eerie electronic score was very reminiscent of the unnerving Bernard Parmegiani one for Walerian Borowcyk's DOCTEUR JEKYLL ET LES FEMMES (1981); the evocative cinematography of the English countryside, Gothic mansions and prehistoric caverns by Russell's regular lighting cameraman Dick Bush was another big plus – although the tackiness of the nightmare sequences (that look forward to the harshness of camcorder images!

The slow- building mystery here is based on how the different events come together based on their piercing the clues together after she's already accomplished something, and that does make for a rather dreary pace here.

Entertaining Nonsense .

"The Lair of the White Worm" may be nonsense, but at least it is entertaining nonsense, and Russell directs with a good deal of flair.

The acting is all part of the joke; the video effects provide over the top kitsch; the cliché ridden plot is deliberate and the script full of fnarr fnarr moments to make you giggle.

The film moves along at an okay pace, a little slow.

The theme I enjoyed-most was the idea of pagan-religions being dormant for Centuries, and then reasserting-themselves in our modern-world (in many-forms, like folklore, songs, and even in physical-manifestations), it's an exciting-concept with all the sexual-implications Russell loves trotting-out.

The film has all the elements in place for campy fun, but becomes a bore instead.

There are some Stunning Locations and the Lair of the White Worm is a Gargantuan Cave dwelling that is as Impressive as it is Ominous.

Fast paced lunacy and mayhem is the name of the game here in a film that should please everyone able to suspend their logic for 90 minutes.

Catherine Oxenberg is a perfect blonde damsel in distress and Hugh Grant is at his sexy, bored playboy of the manor born.