“Lair of the White Worm”
#21 of the 31 days of horror challenge. (These reviews will be more raw due to the nature of the challenge.)
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Archeologist, Angus Flint, discovers the skull of a giant serpent, possibly the D’Ampton Worm of local folk legend, while excavating the ruins of a convent, now a Bed & Breakfast run by the Trent sisters. The eccentric and mysterious Lady Sylvia Marsh returns to her manor, Temple House, after an extended absence. Soon, people start acting strangely and disappearing. As Angus and James D’Ampton decide to investigate these strange occurrences, they discover that the Worm was once worshiped as a god by a cult.
This U.K. adaptation of a Bram Stoker story is a nicely creepy, well executed, exploitation film that is lent a bit of class by a talented class, notably Peter Capaldi, as Angus Flint, archeologist; Hugh Grant, as the Lord of the county; and Amanda Donohoe as the sexy serpentine villainess.
Although it is filled with cheesy, but creative effects and dated costumes, the location, setting and cinematography is beautiful.
I gave this movie 3 1/2 glasses of brandy.