Lemora - A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (2001)
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Lila Lee (B-movie starlet Cheryl Smith, later also known as Rainbeaux Smith) is the teenage daughter of a vicious gangster, Alvin Lee (William Whitton). Her backwoods life is disrupted when her father murders her mother. Reverend Mueller (played by writer-director Richard Blackburn) looks after the girl, whom he defends to his congregation as "the most innocent creature on God's earth." But soon after the murder, Lila gets a letter from a mysterious woman named Lemora (Lesley Gilb). The letter instructs Lila to quietly leave town and come to a remote community, Asteroth, where her ailing father is waiting for her, so she can forgive him for his sins. Lila follows the instructions, sneaking off during the night, but leaves a goodbye note for the reverend. Lila eventually finds her way to a rickety old bus driven by a wild-eyed madman (Hy Pyke, who would go on to play Taffey Lewis in Blade Runner). He takes her to the swamps outside Asteroth, where the bus is attacked by snarling, humanoid creatures. Lila manages to escape, and finds herself in the home of Lemora and her acolytes. Na´ve Lila doesn't realize that Lemora is a vampire who appears to have a sexual interest in the teen, at one point bathing Lila and praising her "exciting figure." Eventually, Lila catches on, and as she fights to escape, the reverend rushes to rescue her. Lila's reunion with her father is worse than disappointing, as he's turned into a bloodthirsty fiend, like those that attacked the bus. Since its unsuccessful initial release, Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural has become a minor cult item, bolstered by tales of disappearing prints and a ban by the Catholic Church. … More
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The Light in the Window ... The Lock on the Door ... The Sounds in the Night! A Possession is Taking Place!
It makes no sense, to me personally, as to why movies that are trash, or little better, ever gain any sort of a cult status...
In contrast, movies that are created and performed well, such as The Man From Earth, The 4th Dimension, Mindwalk, A Certain Kind of Death, etc., (And most in particularly for low budget films!) receive little if any notoriety for their contribution to not only filmmaking but, for all of the other things that they contribute to, not the least of which is art, science, psychology, parapsychology, sociology, science fiction, creative thinking, etc., etc., etc...
This particularly insipid piece of work has the least of all redeeming qualities. The story effectively sucked. The script & dialogue are particularly stupid. The acting was terrible, by EVERY character in the film but, particularly the background characters who have no speaking lines whatsoever! (The main character, "Lila", is one of the most spineless and perhaps the very most naive of all 'main characters' that I have ever been exposed to in any film that I have ever seen in my entire life!) The directing is more stunted and sophomoric than any director/movie studio/network could ever dare dream.
The cinematography, I suppose, did do justice to this film: it was terrible and that's what this film deserved and continues to deserve!
(Redemption turned on its head, no doubt!)
And there was a certain amount of creepy atmosphere created entirely by some of the characters and the music; ...they are the ONLY redeeming qualities that this film has! Truly, is that all that is needed for a film to gain a cult/cult-like status?!
Unfortunately, it's even less than that!
I essentially do agree with another user's synopsis of this movie: "A porn flick and a drive-in flick had a little movie which they named Lemore: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural." If what they, also, said is true about how the Catholic Church responded to this film ...well, therein explains, some of, their own ignorant stupidity; this insignificant pile of trash didn't, and continues to not, deserve the notoriety that they gave it by rejecting it.
A porn flick and a drive-in flick had a little movie which they named Lemore: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural. Sure, Lemora was a bad little 70s flick about a lezbo vampire and a young Christian virgin, but she wasn't an evil flick.
Still the church didn't care, the Catholic Church hated Lemora for what she was. They called her evil and had her banned.
But that only made Lemora a martyr, and eventually she was canonized into the somewhat-of-a-cult film that she is today.
So in your face Vatican!
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