Earlier this year, the New York Times surveyed a number of vintage late 20th century occult themed films including several by cult director Michael Reeves as well as the notorious “Lair Of The White Worm” directed by Ken Russell (we posted a link to a fan-created “director’s cut” of his even more notorious “Devils” a couple weeks back). In part the review reads:
“The Lair of the White Worm (1988), new on Blu-ray from Vestron, might be considered a one-off revival of the mode, directed by Britain’s master of high-minded hysteria, Ken Russell.
“The suitably outlandish plot, loosely adapted from a novel by Bram Stoker, concerns an outbreak of pagan snake-worship in present-day Derbyshire. The young Hugh Grant is surprisingly intense as a drawling young lord, but the movie is stolen by a neighboring aristocrat, played by Amanda Donohoe (known then mainly as an associate of the New Wave singer Adam Ant). Fabulously chic and seductively sinister, Ms. Donohoe is actually a vampire priestess, prone to coldblooded hissy fits, sprouting fangs at will and spraying a venom that transports victims into a mad delirium of screaming nuns, rampaging serpents and bloody crucifixions.”
Read the entire review here:
and here’s the trailer!