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

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The Lair of the White Worm
Reply #1. Posted on June 21, 2000, 10:06:55 PM by Warren H.
Man, oh man, I love that song.  I wish I could buy it.  I have only seen this movie on the Sci-fi channel, where the mentioned scenes with raped and impaled nuns are cut out.  I also don't remember the dream sequences.  However, they did leave in the Strap-On-Of-Death.
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Reply #2. Posted on June 22, 2000, 03:15:42 PM by Mickey
Snakes and Ladders is actually the original name of Chutes and Ladders.  In its original British incarnation.  A friend of mine from England actually has a Snakes and Ladders game from when he was a child (FAR pre-dating this film).  Just a nitpicky little commment here.  

I found this film wonderfully fun.  
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Reply #3. Posted on June 22, 2000, 10:01:21 PM by Scaarge
Oh boy--Ken Russell finally makes it to!  I, alas, have not seen this film, but I really look forward to the Good Sgt's reviews of Lisztomania and The Devils!
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Reply #4. Posted on June 23, 2000, 04:37:45 PM by Mortanius
I'd have to give this one 4 slimes.  Hugh Grant swinging the broadsword and falling into the drumset is pure brilliance. Can't forget the White Worm song, either.  I want the soundtrack.
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Reply #5. Posted on June 27, 2000, 09:18:01 PM by Slasherfan
I would give this half a slime, the movie is really really boring, I hated every minute of it.
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Reply #6. Posted on July 22, 2000, 05:03:15 PM by Jon X
Hmmm. "Never get a blowjob from a woman ith two inch fangs." If only Hugh had listened to that before he went to Devine Brown!
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Reply #7. Posted on September 02, 2000, 07:49:32 PM by BoyScoutKevin
KidJustice, if you will go to, you
will find the lyrics to the song, which is called "The D'Ampton Worm." There it says that the song is performed by Emilio Perez Machado and Stephen Powys, but, I have also heard that the song is performed by The Pogues. I do not know where you can find a recording of the song, but I have heard it is used as the background music for the film trailer. If so, that can be found at and You need RealPlayer to see the first and DivX to see the second.                       Now, now a criticism, but an observation about our webmaster, who ". . .really didn"t need to watch . . . nuns being raped by Roman soldiers," but, he doesn't say anything about not needing to watch a young boy scout, being seduced,
then emasculated, before being murdered by being drowned in the bath by the villainess. Hmmm! As a boy scout for an year in the 5th grade, this scene and the scene of the death of the four boy scouts in "Cemetery Man," makes me think that he has something against the boy scouts. Anyway, a great site. Who would have thought a marine had a sense of humor, and an eye for picking out the best scene in a film, including the two scenes mentioned, 77% of the time.                                              
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Reply #8. Posted on September 10, 2000, 05:43:12 PM by BoyScoutKevin
There is some debate as to whether Kevin, the goofy boy scout, in this film actually received a blowjob from Lady Sylvia, before she emasculated him. At, the webmaster says no to both the blowjob and the emasculation. (Check the bulletin board at the site listed.) But, everyting is open to debate in this film.
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