Proving that one could never shove too many phallic symbols into one film, director Ken Russell’s witty 1998 horror film The Lair of the White Worm is a gonzo cult masterpiece that Frida Cinema founding board member Giselle Crow has been eager to share with our audiences since we first opened The Frida. Thanks to the good folks at Lions Gate Films, we are so very excited to bring this peerless oddity to you October 23rd & 24th!
In this subversive adaptation of a novella by Bram Stoker, Eve Trent (Catherine Oxenberg) and her sister Mary (Sammi Davis) are virginal young farm girls mourning the disappearance of their parents, who vanished one night while walking through the woods. When one of their lodgers, a young archaeologist named Angus Flint (Dr. Who’s Peter Capaldi), discovers a large and unidentifiable skull on their property, he soon deduces the skull may have belonged to the D’Ampton Worm, a mythical beast supposedly slain generations ago by the ancestor of the current Lord D’Ampton (Hugh Grant), friend to the Trent girls. Coincidentally, one of their neighbors, the beautiful, vampish, slinky Lady Sylvia Marsh (Amanda Donohoe), soon takes an interest in both Flint and Eve, hinting that the vicious D’Ampton Worm may still be alive…
So much more than a simple vampire yarn, The Lair of the White Worm is an erotic and ultra-sacrilegious romp that alternates between mystery thriller, broad British comedy, and all-out monster flick, elevated to a true thing of beauty by the glorious coupling of surrealist director Russell’s style (Altered States, Tommy, The Devils), and a deliciously unhinged performance by Donohoe as the seductive Lady Sylvia, who at one points delivers one of cult cinema’s greatest explanatory monologues – while nestled nude in a tanning bed.
Monday, October 23 – 8pm
Tuesday, October 24 – 8pm