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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant., 3 Aug 2011
This review is from: Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
Richard Blackburn's "Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural" is one of the most atmospheric horror movies I have ever seen. It is filled with incredibly haunting and hypnotic atmosphere that left me speechless. This wonderfully uncanny horror film was filmed in 1973 and released in 1974 in the drive in theaters, although its not an exploitation film cause of the lack of gore and nudity. The acting is excellent-Lesley Gilb is especially memorable as a hooded and pale Lemora. She is a haunting and sinister character, who reminds me of the myths of Lamia and Lilith vampires who drink the blood of children, she also looks a bit like Karen Black. Cheryl Smith is also outstanding as a young 14 year old Lila Lee. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural is an example of one of those rare films that manages to rise above its limited production quality and financing to become something special and enduring. It really is one spooky sequence after another in this film and that's a rare quality for horror films. The title character Lemora is a female vampire queen who entices the young and fragile girl Lila Lee back to her birth region with the excuse of her gangster-father dying. The girl, who has been looked after by a strict reverend almost her entire life, begins a mysterious journey through a grim and almost fairy-tale like world filled with ferocious characters that are only out to take advantage of the innocent young child. When the girl eventually meets Lemora herself, it becomes clear that this latter has carefully chosen Lila to join her in the everlasting vampire life... The atmosphere and premise of "Lemora" are somewhat comparable with the series of European vampire-movies that Jean Rollin made (Lips of Blood, The Living Dead Girl, Requiem for a Vampire...). Only Richard Blackburn's screenplay obviously puts the emphasis on morbidity there were Rollin goes straight for gratuitous nudity and explicit violence. Beautiful and haunting film, especially recommended to fans of atmosphere-driven horror movies and obscure cult-stuff.
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