Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural

This month I’m reposting an old blog post review of Lemore: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural. This is one of those movies I remember vividly many years later, so I figured it was worth a second mention.

First of all, her’s what it’s about:

A notorious bank robber kills his wife and flees the police, only to be captured by a mysterious group of figures in an abandoned town. His beautiful daughter, Lila Lee (played by the late Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith), receives a letter stating that Lila’s father is near death and that he needs to see her. Sneaking away at night from her minister guardian (EATING RAOUL co-writer Richard Blackburn, who also writes and directs), Lila embarks on a terrifying journey to find her father that leads her to a mansion run by Lemora, a seemingly loving woman who cares for a group of gypsy children and a witch-like servant. Once the terrifying secret of Lemora is revealed, Lila must uncover what happened to her father and fight for dear life as she tries to escape the clutches of the undead!

I was initially interested in this film because of Lila’s gangster father, not to mention it was banned by the Catholic Film Board for over twenty years. Good or bad, everything is more interesting after it’s banned.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, quite a bit.  Probably helps that the movie was made in the 1970s and that’s my all time favorite era for vampire movies.  What I enjoyed most about the movie was it’s ‘weird’ ambiguity. Lemora, representing Dracula with lesbian undertones, also made for an interesting coming of age story. It’s possibly influenced by Alice in Wonderland or Little Red Riding.  Visually, I was captivated by a steady pace of strange and creepy.  And I liked that it left you wondering what happens in the end. My only complaint is that the minor characters were a little too bizarre at times.  All-in-all, his movie is unique and definitely worth viewing.

My Rating:  4 out of 5

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