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Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)

A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft.


Richard Blackburn


Richard Blackburn (screenplay), Robert Fern (screenplay)




Complete credited cast:
Lesley Taplin Lesley Taplin ... Lemora (as Lesley Gilb)
Cheryl Smith ... Lila Lee
William Whitton William Whitton ... Alvin Lee
Hy Pyke ... The Bus Driver
Maxine Ballantyne Maxine Ballantyne ... The Old Woman
Steve Johnson Steve Johnson ... The Ticket Seller
Parker West Parker West ... The Young Man
Charla Hall Charla Hall
Jack Fisher Jack Fisher
Buck Buchanan Buck Buchanan
Richard Blackburn Richard Blackburn ... The Reverend


A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft.

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Run, little girl! Innocence is in peril tonight! See more »


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Alvin Lee's car seen at the beginning of the film is a French Citroen Traction Avant made from 1934 - 1957. See more »


Moments after Lila finishes her bath, she is attacked by a man. In the ensuing scuffle the portable tub she had just bathed in is knocked over, yet no water at all is seen splashing out. In fact, the tub appears to be dry. See more »


The Old Woman: [singing to Lila] There was an old woman all skin and bones, Ooh-ooh-oooh-ooh-ooh. And she did weep and she did moan, Ooooh-ooh-oooh-ooh-ooh. She walked on through the streets of town. Ooooh-ooh-oooh-ooh-ooh. Where all the dead lay on the ground. Ooooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh. Then turned and to the parson said. Ooooh. Will I look like that when I am dead? Ooooh. The parson to the old woman said... BOO!
[Lila screams, the old woman laughs hysterically]
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As classic a horror film as ever there was.
16 October 2003 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

The late and sorely missed Cheryl Smith stars as Lila, the lovely pubescent daughter of a notorious gangster, who is being fostered by a kind-hearted minister. Unaware of her father's whereabouts and concerned for his well-being, she receives a letter indicating that he lays ailing in a mapped location, and should she choose to visit him, then she must do so alone. Thus begins Lila's dark odyssey...from the minute she steps away from the familiar safety of her front door, her nest of childhood innocence is given way to a bleak and frightening world fraught with drunks, strumpets, and lecherous men...but a corporeity of a far more uncanny and sinister nature awaits her at her journey's end...the mysterious letter she received was a siren-song luring her to the incommunicado home of Lemora, a vampiress with an appetence for the blood of youths. This ancient, statuesque creature resides with her cackling old charlady and a mottle of emaciated children in a dark swampland where savage ghouls prowl the night.

The bizarre nexus ensuingly forged between Lemora and Lila is simultaneously horrific and erotically charged...the small-framed, willowy Lila futilely resisting, though apprehensively drawn to, the imposing and mysterious Lemora. It's an arousing 'butch/femme' dynamic which works well, and is illustrated more intricately than most examples of the gratis lesbiana inclusive to vampire cinema.

An artfully executed celestial nightmare with subtexts touching on religious hypocrisy and elegiac loss of innocence, LEMORA demonstrates perfectly how integrity, creativity, and resourcefulness can compensate heartily for dearth of funds in a motion picture production.

Superior. 9/10.

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Release Date:

30 April 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Rape of the Vampires See more »

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Blackfern See more »
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1.85 : 1
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