On this episode of Spandex and Monster, we visit the surreal 1988 Ken Russell directed horror film 'Lair of the White Worm'. The source material was written by Dracula writer Bram Stoker, and it was featured a woman who murdered and sent victims to a monster in a cave which is based upon Lambton worm.
|there are folklore tales of the lambton worm monster|
Ken did a screenplay which took elements of the book, and his characteristic approach to cinema which is make it as visceral as possible. Future Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi and leading man Hugh Grant head out the cast along with Amanda Donohoe as the beautiful and cruel Dracula meets succubus meets cthulu worm mistress Lady Sylvia Marsh.
|sex, death, and horror with Lady Silvia Marsh|
|Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi in their first international film roles|
Donohoe mixes sex with horror and a dash of humor in her role as a vampire/snake worm mistress. Russell to his credit also put in some fetish aspects to the film, esp where Lady Sylvia uses a strap on dildo to sacrifice a virgin to the worm monster in the cave.
Released to mixed critical reaction at the time, the film was a unique blending of horror, oscar wilde inspired vampire lady with a love of kinky sex , and another surreal cinema journey from director Ken Russell.
|Ken also directed the literary horror film 'Gothic' about the night Frankenstein was born|
Lair of the White Worm helped launch the careers of Donohoe, Grant, and Capaldi. While not really fitting in with the other horror films at the time, Lair has become a cult film unto itself.
|Lady Silvia strikes!|
Worth a look for fans of surreal horror with a healthy dose of fetish.