Dan Ireland on

The Lair of the White Worm

Released 1988
Distributor Vestron Pictures

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. The best quality trailer we could find has Asian subtitles. NSFW.

About Dan Ireland

TFH Guru Dan Ireland passed away on April 14, 2016. Dan loved movies of all shapes, sizes, genres and formats. As co-founder (and co-director) of The Seattle International Film Festival and Co-Artistic Director of The Louisiana International Film Festival, Dan produced over 15 movies including John Huston’s final film, The Dead, and Bernard Rose’s Paperhouse. He made his directorial debut in 1996 with the award winning The Whole Wide World starring Vincent D’Onofrio and a then unknown Renee Zellweger. His other directorial credits include Passionada, Mrs. Palfrey at The Claremont, starring Dame Joan Plowright and E.L. Doctorow’s Jolene, which launched the career of actress Jessica Chastain. What was to be Dan's next project, Mr. Lively, fell apart mere weeks before its scheduled production, a month before his passing.