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.