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YMMV / The Lair of the White Worm

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  • Complete Monster: The vampiric, serpentine Lady Sylvia Marsh poses as an erudite Woman Of Wealth And Taste to lure in victims. A servant of the snake god Dionin, Sylvia was incensed when Christianity came to Britain, spurring on the slaughter of holy men and women with nuns raped and impaled in massive numbers. In the present, Sylvia spreads her venom to create more snakelike monsters, murdering those she deems useless, and plots to sacrifice a woman in her annual ceremony for Dionin, the sacrifice achieved via being violated by Sylvia with a sharp object.
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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Considering this is a Ken Russell movie, we have inexplicable hallucinations filled with sacrilegious imagery.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lady Marsh, who is almost naked most of her screen time, seduces a few men and a boy, checks if the chosen offering girl is a virgin...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Angus is very erudite, shows signs of social awkwardness, turns out to be well-prepared in the film's climax, saves the day and his sporran can contain A LOT of things. He's also portrayed by Peter Capaldi, so...
  • Narm Charm: It's hard not to like this movie when we have Hugh Grant chopping an old lady in half with a sword.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: It is believed that Bram Stoker was going insane from syphilis while writing the original novel. Then it was made into a movie by the same guy who did Altered States, Gothic and Tommy so it was bound to end up looking like a drug trip.


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