The Lair of the White Worm

Film, 1988

The Lair of the White Worm, based on a novel by Bram Stoker and directed by Ken Russel of Altered States, is easy to dismiss but has a number of things going for it that make it worth a look. There are some laughable sequences, most notably the hallucination/ flashback scenes that end up looking like early green screen era art school nightmares, some ill advised attempts at broad comedy and a pace that, although of it’s era, will feel slow to a modern audience. What the film does have however, which is perhaps even bolstered by it’s failures, is a ethereal atmosphere that is capable of being genuinely creepy. This all adds up to a good time on two fronts; funny and weird. And that’s all I want out of a good eighties horror movie anyway. Most people will enjoy seeing Hugh Grant play the Bruce Campbell role here, although he’s upstaged in the last scene by a valiant bagpiper who saves the day. 3/5 stars

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