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

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 16, 2012 at 10:53AM

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

This article is related to: Horror , Video, Trailers


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.