Bil’s rating (out of 5): B.
United Kingdom/USA, 1988. White Lair. Screenplay by Ken Russell, based on the novel by Bram Stoker. Cinematography by Dick Bush. Produced by Ken Russell. Music by Stanislas Syrewicz. Production Design by Anne Tilby. Costume Design by Michael Jeffery. Film Editing by Peter Davies.
An English village that celebrates the mythical slaying of a dragon gets the surprise of its life when it turns out that the beast still lives among its inhabitants. Landed gentry-man Hugh Grant and visiting archaeologist Peter Capaldi team up with two farm girls (Catherine Oxenberg, Sammi Davis) after it becomes rather obvious that the sexy aristocrat next door (Amanda Donohoe) is actually a minion of the devil looking to make human sacrifices to her serpentine master. Lots of silly video effects and gore, but what really makes this one fail is a sluggish pace and a complete lack of fun. Donohoe is the only sign of life, hilariously stylish in her supercool wardrobe, while the rest of the cast is stony and unconvincing.