Lemora - A Child's Tale of the Supernatural Reviews

  • Dec 29, 2018

    i was so irritated by this film... the worst of 73

    i was so irritated by this film... the worst of 73

  • May 13, 2017

    Unusual horror film (it's seen through a child's viewpoint) has become a cult favorite.

    Unusual horror film (it's seen through a child's viewpoint) has become a cult favorite.

  • Mar 19, 2015

    "Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural" 1973 This unusual vampire movie is strangely engaging. After listening to the commentary from the writer-director and actors I have the impression it was accidentally good. I don't think anyone working on the film had a good grasp of what they were doing, but through a combination of inspiration, luck, and good performances from the two lead actresses it turned out to be memorable. It follows the adventures of Lila (an ingénue who sings in the choir and is the adopted daughter of a minister) as she travels to a remote town in the American south, of the 1930s, to visit her dying father. She encounters creeps at every step along the way, at first human creeps then not so human ones. As the audience already knows, its a set up by a supernatural power to lure the girl. Her father is there but the real reason she was invited is because a vampire, Lemora, wants her. Lemora makes an impression with her wide, staring eyes and her aristocratic air. There are zombie-like vampires running wild in the area. They are a threat to Lila and a threat to Lemora's plans, whatever they are. Its a medium pace, atmospheric movie; a little bit southern gothic. The score is unusual and effective. Most movies of this type use orchestra music. This movie uses music like "Rock of Ages" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." In a couple of places I noticed a use of blue and red light that reminded me of "Suspiria." The end of the movie is mysterious and leaves you wondering. The end was not part of the original script and apparently was forced on the director by some other party. Perhaps the movie is best summed up by the question the guy working at the bus station asks Lila. "What do you like best now, soft or hard centers?"

    "Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural" 1973 This unusual vampire movie is strangely engaging. After listening to the commentary from the writer-director and actors I have the impression it was accidentally good. I don't think anyone working on the film had a good grasp of what they were doing, but through a combination of inspiration, luck, and good performances from the two lead actresses it turned out to be memorable. It follows the adventures of Lila (an ingénue who sings in the choir and is the adopted daughter of a minister) as she travels to a remote town in the American south, of the 1930s, to visit her dying father. She encounters creeps at every step along the way, at first human creeps then not so human ones. As the audience already knows, its a set up by a supernatural power to lure the girl. Her father is there but the real reason she was invited is because a vampire, Lemora, wants her. Lemora makes an impression with her wide, staring eyes and her aristocratic air. There are zombie-like vampires running wild in the area. They are a threat to Lila and a threat to Lemora's plans, whatever they are. Its a medium pace, atmospheric movie; a little bit southern gothic. The score is unusual and effective. Most movies of this type use orchestra music. This movie uses music like "Rock of Ages" and "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." In a couple of places I noticed a use of blue and red light that reminded me of "Suspiria." The end of the movie is mysterious and leaves you wondering. The end was not part of the original script and apparently was forced on the director by some other party. Perhaps the movie is best summed up by the question the guy working at the bus station asks Lila. "What do you like best now, soft or hard centers?"

  • Feb 22, 2015

    An interesting horror film. The pg rating is definitely off and this is not a children's movie.

    An interesting horror film. The pg rating is definitely off and this is not a children's movie.

  • Sep 17, 2014

    Dark dreams during the depression down in Dixie... Before 'Carrie' there was 'Lemora'--A splendidly moody and spooky Southern Gothic-style 70's vampire horror treat... Surreal,subversive and nightmarish adult fairy tale!!

    Dark dreams during the depression down in Dixie... Before 'Carrie' there was 'Lemora'--A splendidly moody and spooky Southern Gothic-style 70's vampire horror treat... Surreal,subversive and nightmarish adult fairy tale!!

  • Jun 12, 2013

    Liked it. Loved the feel of it. Well done.

    Liked it. Loved the feel of it. Well done.

  • Jun 03, 2013

    Campy fun with an interesting premise...

    Campy fun with an interesting premise...

  • Jun 02, 2013

    To put it quite simply this movie is visually and aesthetically terrifying. If you like creepy slow-burners in the vein of The Wicker Man or Let's Scare Jessica to Death, very moody

    To put it quite simply this movie is visually and aesthetically terrifying. If you like creepy slow-burners in the vein of The Wicker Man or Let's Scare Jessica to Death, very moody

  • Dec 31, 2012

    Under-appreciated gem.

    Under-appreciated gem.

  • Dec 28, 2012

    was OK but to dark at times to see what was going on

    was OK but to dark at times to see what was going on