Adapted from a tale by Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, Lair, a rollicking, terrifying, post-psychedlic headtrip, features a fangy vampiress of unmatched erotic allure. Lady Sylvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe) lives in a sprawling mansion not far from the state-of-the-art castle inhabited by Lord James D'Ampton (Hugh Grant).

Adapted from a tale by Bram Stoker, creator of Dracula, Lair, a rollicking, terrifying, post-psychedlic headtrip, features a fangy vampiress of unmatched erotic allure. Lady Sylvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe) lives in a sprawling mansion not far from the state-of-the-art castle inhabited by Lord James D’Ampton (Hugh Grant).

On the day of a big party, just before nightfall, archaeology student Angus (Peter Capaldi) finds a bizarre, unclassifiable skull. The castle party is celebrating Lord James’ inheritance of the estate as well as a family holiday commemorating a legendary ancestor said to have slain a dragon. In the Lampton clan mythology, the dragon is represented as an overblown, jawsy white worm.

Soon the duke and the digger divine an eerie connection between the mysteriously burgled skull, the white worm legend and cases of snakebite plus more strange disappearances close by the Lady’s mansion. Then things start to get scary.

Donohoe as the vampire seductress projects a beguiling sexuality that should suck the resistance out of all but the most cold-blooded critics. She is also hilarious, a virtue shared by everyone and everything in The Lair of the White Worm.

The Lair of the White Worm

UK

Production

White Lair/Vestron. Director Ken Russell; Producer Ken Russell; Screenplay Ken Russell; Camera Dick Bush; Editor Peter Davies; Music Stanislas Syrewicz; Art Director Anne Tilby

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1989. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Amanda Donohoe Hugh Grant Catherine Oxenberg Sammi Davis Peter Capaldi Stratford Johns

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