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Rated R
Copyright 1988 Vestron Pictures Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Angus - Scottish archeologist, pretty tough guy too. Well of course he is tough, he's Scottish!
  • James D'Ampton - Hugh Grant! Nobleman and descendant of the knight who slew the worm centuries ago.
  • Mary - Hostess of the D'Ampton bed and breakfast, she is on the edge of a total breakdown due to the disappearance of her parents one year ago.
  • Eve - Mary's sister, she has been flirting a good bit with Lord D'Ampton, turns out she is still a virgin in her late twenties.
  • Officer Erny - Constable with two lazy eyes (it's really odd) who is bitten and becomes a thrall to Lady Sylvia.
  • Kevin - Goofy boy scout seduced and emasculated by Lady Sylvia.
  • Lady Sylvia Marsh - Immortal worshipper of the White Worm and part snake herself. Dropped into the creature's gaping maw by Angus.
  • Dionin - Spelling might be an issue here, but whatever the case, this is the pagan god also called "The White Worm." A huge and loathsome beast which dwells beneath the ground until it develops explosive indigestion.

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The Plot: 

We begin with Angus excavating ancient ruins in Mary and Eve's backyard just as he makes a bewildering discovery. In addition to the structural remains of a nunnery and a Roman temple he finds a large skull, vaguely reptilian in form. Only later, at one of Lord D'Ampton's parties, does he learn about the Legend of the White Worm.

The worm is not only a legend and Lady Sylvia is picking out the annual virgin sacrifice for her pagan deity. Eve's mysterious status as an unsullied lass of almost thirty puts her at risk of becoming worm food. Only heroic efforts by the men folk (and a hand grenade) prevent her consumption.

The film is riddled with revolting erotic images and snake references. I really didn't need to watch a confusing dream sequence involving nuns being raped by Roman soldiers, though later another vision showing them impaled on stakes is equally twisted. There is also the human sacrifice ritual, apparently Lady Sylvia uses a spearlike strapon to commit the deed. Try to remember these are intended to portray the depravity of the White Worm and do so rather well. Meanwhile the protagonists use every trick in the book against snakes to combat Lady Sylvia, including snake charming music and a mongoose. You have to feel sorry for the mongoose, in this case the little hunter was in over its head.

Hugh Grant encountering a pagan snake god is pure entertainment, plus the story was inventive and well paced. Is it frightening? Well no, but it did not bore me and was a welcome "alternative vampire" sort of story.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Spring is an ambiguous thing in the British Isles.
  • Nuns had it pretty rough during Roman times.
  • There is a pagan version of "Shoots and Ladders" called "Snakes and Ladders." (Several readers pointed out this was the original title of that game.)
  • Never get a blowjob from some woman with two-inch fangs.
  • English noblemen regularly have dreams involving catfighting airline stewardesses.
  • Cavemen knew what transsexuals were.
  • Snake women sleep in woven baskets.
  • You can suck the poison out of someone bitten in the jugular.
  • Bagpipes can be used in snake charming.
  • Even a god should not go around swallowing grenades.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 6 mins - The scary thing is that I'm getting into this Scottish squaredance/techno music.
  • 7 mins - You've obviously spent enough time at the buffet my friend, move along Porky.
  • 11 mins - Actually the headlights were on.
  • 24 mins - What in the hell? Okay, this is an amazingly f***ked up scene.
  • 30 mins - Exactly how many adolescent male wet dreams can we address here?
  • 33 mins - Paralyzed by her venom, but his eyelids close when she pushes him under the water.
  • 45 mins - Hey idiot, can you make any more noise?
  • 56 mins - Eve needs to do a better job of shaving her legs...
  • 90 mins - That hospital had better get a good lawyer, this has malpractice suit written all over it.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

Green Music Note whiteworm1.wav Eve: "I remember now! After I passed out, I remember! A serpent, a horrible thing...towering above me, coiled around a crucifix!"
Green Music Note whiteworm2.wav Sylvia: "Do you believe in reincarnation, Eve? I do, but then I am immortal and I have seen the same souls inhabit different beings throughout history."
Green Music Note whiteworm3.wav Angus: "Dionin was a pagan snake god."
Green Music Note whiteworm4.wav James: "Thanks for the warning, I think we probably have another reptile loose on the premises."
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipwhiteworm1.mpg - 1.9m
Hugh, the Barbarian. (It was that or a "Highlander" joke.)

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Re: The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #41. Posted on April 01, 2010, 03:12:05 PM by victor
catherine oxenberg in a bra and panties, tied up and helpless and struggling is a major turn on for me,as well as being controlled by a naked Amanda Donahoe. Fantastic!
Re: The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #42. Posted on April 19, 2010, 12:34:57 AM by Spanish Girl
Seriously love this movie.  It was the first real horror I'd ever seen and been able to make it through without constantly looking over my should in broad daylight.

Amanda Donohoe is brilliantly cast and I feel sorry for the kid in the hot tub!
Re: The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #43. Posted on April 20, 2010, 07:42:52 PM by BoyScoutKevin
Seriously love this movie.  It was the first real horror I'd ever seen and been able to make it through without constantly looking over my should in broad daylight.

Amanda Donohoe is brilliantly cast and I feel sorry for the kid in the hot tub!

Yeah, but didn't the kid have a great time till she bit him and then drowned him in the tub.

A couple of things about that scene. The actor who played the kid was named Chris Pitt, and, he was apparently only 17, when he did that scene with Amanda Donohoe? Does anybody know what happened to him, as he dropped out of acting about a couple of years after he appeared in the film, and I haven't been able to trace him. Since I wanted to ask him how it was to appear in that scene, as some actresses don't like to work with an actor that young, but Donohoe apparently didn't have any problems appearing in the scene with him.

And that tub, while it is often refered to as a hot tub, I think it is more likely what is known as a sunken bathtub, as the tub is sunk beneath the level of the floor, which is probably why you don't see them that much anymore. And if you want to see another great scene taking place in a sunken bathtub, then watch Claudette Colbert bathing in asses milk in one in "The Sign of the Cross" from 1932.
Re: The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #44. Posted on June 08, 2010, 10:08:54 PM by WildHoosier09
Saw this movie on the "on-demand" one night.  Nice full version with no editing out of the nasty parts.   Right as the girl touches the LSD/toxin on the crucifix and the movie dumps into one of the most bizarre/blasphemous sequences I have ever seen, my wife comes downstairs.  She had no clue what I was watching and just started yelling "turn it off!" I eventually got it off, but started it up after she left.  Some people just can't appreciate bad cinema.  I agree the song was the best part of the movie though and also seeing Hugh Grant in a movie which actually has a body-count to it rather than a romantic comedy was novel. 
Re: The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #45. Posted on September 21, 2010, 09:32:58 AM by ArmyOfMachines25
I hate this movie with a burning passion, this is the worst movie ive ever seen the forbidden zone was only slightly worse then this piece of crap
Re: The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #46. Posted on August 03, 2013, 02:44:21 PM by BoyScoutKevin
Similiar scenes
Both scenes being on
Different films
1 works: "Lair of the White Worm"
1 does not: "Razor Blade Smile"
As to the why . . . ?

The writing
The sets
The music
The lighting
The directing
The costumes (a boy scout uniform is a nice touch, as is a female fetish outfit)
The cinematography
The acting

The characters
--their sex appeal
--their occupations (one being a boy scout)
--their experience or lack thereof (one being a virgin)
--their age (one being underage and the boldness of that)

The actors'
--physical appearance (one homely. one not)
--age (one being in his teens and the boldness of that)

The first named film being superior in all cases (IMHO.)
Re: The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #47. Posted on April 29, 2014, 02:01:10 PM by BoyScoutKevin
If you are interested in one of the following philias, . . .


murder of a defenseless male

assault on a defenseless male

provacatively entertaining in an erotic costume

belittling a weaker male


clothing in shiny fabrics

wearing leather

talking in a sexually provocative manner

preying on a male to sexually ravage him

sadistically abusing a lesser male

being eaten alive

and paedophilia
sexual interest in a child. Though, because of the victim's age in the film, which we can presume was 15, it's actually more specifically ephebophilia, or an sexual interest in a male between 15 and 18. Paedophilia specifically being interested in a child under 11. And hebephilia being sexually interested in a child between 11 and 14.

. . . then you might be interested in seeing this film.
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