I saw The Lair of the White Worm several years ago in a class in college. What the hell kind of class was it, you ask? I don’t really remember actually, it had something to do with Chinese symbolism and snakes… something like that. A huge portion of the class included discussions about vagina dentata which is Latin for toothed vagina (which I think is hilarious!). I didn’t really remember this movie too much but I was feeling nostalgic and bizarre so I thought I should re-watch The Lair of the White Worm for my vagina dentata fix.
Boy, was I disappointed. My memory failed me! There was absolutely no vagina dentata at all! It was all penis envy with phallic symbols, rape, and snakes. Despite my expectations being dashed away, I still found the movie entertaining.
The Lair of the White Worm is VERY loosely based on Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name. The plot revolves around a Scottish archeologist named Angus discovering a large snake/dragon skull and it’s possibly connected to the disappearance of the parents of two sisters. The two sisters are Mary and Eve who run a local bed and breakfast. Eve is dating James D’Ampton who’s played by a young Hugh Grant! Jolly good!
The real star of this movie though is Amanda Donohue as Lady Sylvia Marsh, the snake-worshipping villainness. She’s erotic, predatory, and clever. Lady Sylvia needs a virgin to sacrifice to the “white worm” and Eve is the lucky girl!
The Lair of the White Worm is light horror though it does have its small moments of gore and there are flashback/vision sequences that are completely unlike the rest of the film – psychedelic even. Snake and phallic symbols are abundant!
It’s not a great movie, but it’s an entertaining one. And hey, it’s got this rad song!
Don’t worry, I’ll get to the vagina dentata movies soon. I know you can’t wait!