Just last week, I published a list on Blumhouse.com on forgotten and underappreciated horror gems from the 1980s, films that never got the accolades they deserved. One of them was Lair of the White Worm, directed by Ken Russell and released in 1988. I lamented the fact that Lair never got the Blu-ray release it deserves. To recap:
It perplexes me how a film Variety called “a rollicking, terrifying, post-psychedelic headtrip,” based on a novel by Bram Stoker, and staring a young Hugh Grant, isn’t a cult phenomenon; still, THE LAIR OF THE WHITE WORM has somehow become relatively unknown. It’s got the mood and pervasive dread of a Hammer classic, true Lovecraftian flare, and plenty of self-deprecating humor. WORM can be streamed on Amazon and Shudder, but an out-of-print DVD will set you back more than $60! If you’re a collector, you can still find this one on laser disc, but it doesn’t yet exist on Blu-ray.
The folks at Vestron must have heard my plea; Bloody-Disgusting.com was first to break the news:
A terrifying English legend returns when the Vestron Video Collector’s Series brings the British horror classic The Lair of the White Worm to limited-edition Blu-ray on January 31 from Lionsgate.
Official Synopsis: Hugh Grant, Amanda Donohoe, and Catherine Oxenberg star in this mix of heart-stopping horror and campy humor. James D’Ampton (Grant) returns to his country castle in England. Legend has it that James’s distant ancestor once slayed the local dragon — a monstrous white worm with a fondness for the sweet flesh of virgins. The young lord dismisses the legend as folklore, until archaeology student Angus Flint explores James’s property and unearths a massive reptilian skull and a pagan snake god’s ancient site of worship. When James’s virtuous girlfriend, Eve Trent (Oxenberg), suddenly disappears, James and Angus set out to investigate the foreboding cavern said to be the worm’s lair, where a centuries-old mystery begins to uncoil.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with Director Ken Russell
- Audio Commentary with Lisi Russell, in conversation with Film Historian Matthew Melia
- “Worm Food: The Effects of The Lair of the White Worm” Featurette
- “Cutting For Ken” – An Interview with Editor Peter Davies
- “Mary, Mary” – An Interview with Actress Sammi Davis
- Trailers From Hell featuring an introduction and commentary with Producer Dan Ireland