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THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM - 2 Slimes
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.

Buy It!

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?
  • 53 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS BREAST SHOT!
  • 56 mins - Eve needs to do a better job of shaving her legs...
  • 79 mins - RANDOM GRATUITOUS REPTILIAN BREAST SHOT!
  • 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 

FileDialog
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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Hugh, the Barbarian. (It was that or a "Highlander" joke.)

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Reply #9. Posted on September 25, 2000, 12:50:32 PM by Poo Bah
Man, what a flick!  You get to see Amanda Donohu run around near naked..but then she whips out the scariest thing I've ever seen a woman wield in a horror film!  

Best enjoyed while drunk.  May cause brain damage.  But still great fun.
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Reply #10. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Macabre Matt
I usually don't like Ken Russell's films but this one was quite good, an adaption of Bram Stoker's last novel of the same name.
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Reply #11. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Eric S.
 I thought this was a very good movie. I don't know what it is about Hugh Grant, but even when he's being dead serious you just want to bust out laughing at him. I'm not saying he's a bad actor, which he isn't, he just got a natural funny look to him. Enough about Hugh. Amanda Donahoe looked damn fine, too.
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Reply #12. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Bickle
    Finally, a Ken Russel film-here!!  I can't see why Russel has garnered such a wide-range of fans, his films are botched pretentious pieces of junk...
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Reply #13. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Deej
Great googly moogly!! What a huge, horrible, waste of time! For the love of Benji, all I ever wanted was a bit of(BUNCH OF) vampire related violence and gore! Too much to ask for Kenny? Hmmmmm? This movie brought me closer than I've ever been to doing harm to myself or my fellow man! Horrid...fetid any other id's you can think of!! Oh yes. By the way, my scouting experience was almost equally painful.
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Reply #14. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Canadaphile
True story--my sister is a Hugh Grant freak.  She called me up all excited because she had found this movie at the video store.  I had seen it previously, thanks to a boyfriend who gravitated towards anything gross and bloody, and I warned her that this was no "Four Weddings And A Funeral."  That did not deter my sister.

The next day, I asked her how she liked it.  She sputtered, "I can't believe Hugh Grant would make a PORNO movie!"

She also thinks that the hooker framed him.

 
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Reply #15. Posted on September 07, 2004, 02:07:31 PM by Greg
Man was this one bad.  I will never forgive my cousin for dragging me into this waste of time.  Walked out on this one after 40 horrible minutes....
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Reply #16. Posted on September 24, 2004, 01:24:10 AM by dvdd
I love this film. I own it on DVD. In college I used to watch it at least 2-3 times a week.
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