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Lila (1968)

A topless dancer attracts, seduces, then murders the men she sleeps with. She does it with a twist, however; she kills them with garden tools.

Director:

William Rotsler

Writer:

Sanford White
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Susan Stewart Susan Stewart ... Lila
Steve Vincent Steve Vincent ... Sgt. Collins
James Brand James Brand ... Lt. Ryan (as M.K. Evans)
Vic Lance Vic Lance ... Tiger
Pat Barrington ... Cathy
Janu Wine Janu Wine ... Angel
Stuart Lancaster ... Frank
John Caroll John Caroll ... Ben
John LaSalle John LaSalle ... Fred
Hinton Pope Hinton Pope ... Chief Barnes
Bethel Buckalew Bethel Buckalew ... Bartender
Lyn Armondo Lyn Armondo ... Real Estate Woman
Norton Halper Norton Halper ... Tenant
Judith Crane Judith Crane ... Dancer
Cheryl Trepton Cheryl Trepton ... Dancer
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A topless dancer attracts, seduces, then murders the men she sleeps with. She does it with a twist, however; she kills them with garden tools.

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Let her show you the heat of desire -- the face of sin! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lila: Mantis in Lace See more »

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Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The version released by Something Weird video as "Mantis in Lace" is the longest, most complete version of the film, originally titled "Lila". See more »

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Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Lila
Theme Song
by Vic Lance
Sung by Lynn Harper
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She Trips, She Flips....
14 October 2008 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

"Mantis in Lace" (1968) is, in four fairly equal quarters, a soft-core skin flick, a psychedelic drug movie, a slasher horror film AND a police procedural. In it, we meet Lila (Susan Stewart), a young and gorgeous topless dancer who takes LSD one night with a guy she's picked up. After hallucinating pretty severely for a while, Lila kills the young dude with a screwdriver and chops him to bits with a meat cleaver. This scenario is repeated three or four times while a pair of (surprisingly UNdorky) L.A. cops tries to track the maniac down. Yup, that's pretty much all this film has to offer. One of Lila's victims, I might add, is Stuart Lancaster, who might be a familiar face to all the Russ Meyer fans out there; another, a macho rapist, most certainly deserves to be diced at Lila's hands. The picture feels very padded with numerous topless dance numbers (the opulently cantilevered legend Pat Barrington looks pretty impressive, actually, doing a frenzied belly dance; come to think of it, she would do a bit of "tripping out" herself that same year in the film "The Acid Eaters"), long makeout scenes, a lovemaking bout between the topless club's manager and a job applicant that adds nothing to the plot whatsoever, and loads of colorful hallucinations. It has been lensed by Laszlo Kovacs, who would depict an even more harrowing lysergic experience in the following year's "Easy Rider." (Actually, I found the aural component of Lila's trips much more freaky than the visuals.) Sadly, the viewer never learns anything concrete about Lila's background, or why the drug sets her off the way it does; indeed, the only thing we can discover about her comes from the film's admittedly hypnotic theme song. Concluding with an ironic albeit extremely telegraphed ending, "Mantis in Lace" is ultimately a real mixed bag; a psychedelic psycho curiosity that should have been better. Oh...this Something Weird DVD features over 100 minutes' worth of alternate film footage. Far out, man!


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