The Lair of the White Worm

The Lair of the White Worm

Ken Russell (1988)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Nude nuns, lesbian catfights and snake-cult rituals; what else could this be but a Ken Russell fantasy sextravaganza? Based on Bram Stoker's least famous novel, and starring an unknown Hugh Grant, this Christianity versus Paganism tract is a delirious hoot from start to finish, so serious horror fans had better look elsewhere. Those in the mood for side-splitting lunatic nonsense - the kind that has reptilian Amanda Donohoe nakedly writhing through her country mansion to snake-charming music - are on the right track.


An archaeologist discovers a giant snake skull, which he believes is linked to an ancient legend of a monstrous worm. The skull is stolen by members of a sinister cult, who hope to resurrect the creature by performing a human sacrifice. Ken Russell's horror based on Bram Stoker's novel, starring Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi.

Cast & Crew

Lady Sylvia Marsh Amanda Donohoe
Lord James D'Ampton Hugh Grant
Eve Trent Catherine Oxenberg
Angus Flint Peter Capaldi
Mary Trent Sammi Davis
Peters Stratford Johns
PC Erny Paul Brooke
Dorothy Trent Imogen Claire
Kevin Chris Pitt
Nurse Gladwell Gina McKee
Joe Grant Christopher Gable
Jesus Christ Lloyd Peters
Director Ken Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Vestron PicturesGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video