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Trailers from Hell: Weird and Delirious "The Lair of the White Worm" Still Embarrasses Hugh Grant

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by Maggie Lange
May 16, 2012 10:53 AM
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Lair of the White Worm

In our second Trailers From Hell feature, Dan Ireland takes us on an exploration of weird and campy "The Lair of the White Worm":

Bram Stoker gets the Ken Russell treatment in this arch, over the top but still creepily grotesque chiller, one of Hugh Grant’s early starring roles. Some of the ripely hysterical anti-clerical imagery seems to have been gleaned from the cutting room floor of The Devils. Has attained camp classic status over the years despite being generally undervalued at the time of release.

Ireland produced "The Lair of the White Worm" for Ken Russell for Best Run Pictures. It's a delirious adaptation of a Bram Stoker novel that pays heavy homage to Oscar Wilde.

Filmmaker Joe Dante and his partner Elizabeth Stanley created Trailers from Hell to explore and revisit old horror movie trailers, with original voiceovers from experts and filmmakers.  On Monday, we featured Brian Trenchard Smith on "Daughters of Darkness."

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