Video Details

Title: Legendary Curse of LEMORA (Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith) PAL Vhs
Title AKA:/aka/ Lemora A Child's Tale of the Supernatural /aka/ Lady Dracula /aka/ Lemora the Lady Dracula

OUR PRICE: $160.00

Year: 1973 / PAL / 95 mins

Director: Richard Blackburn

Lesley Gilb, Cheryl Smith aka Rainbeaux Smith, William Whitton, Steve Johnson, Hy Pyke, Maxine Ballantyne, Parker West, Richard Blackburn, Buck Buchanan, Jack Fisher, Charla Hall

Video Notes:
A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft. After years of drive-in theater exile and occasional broadcasts in severely edited form on late-night TV, the 1973 Lemora, one of the weirdest films ever, has been restored to video. This wild, sprawling tale of gangsters, ghouls, and a lascivious preacher running amok in the Bible Belt stars little Lila Lee, the ultimate in prepubescent goodness, complete with blond pigtails and immaculate white wardrobe. Her father, a vicious criminal, escapes the cops only to be captured by an army of white-faced ghouls and taken to Lemora's vampire mansion. Lila follows, and a battle of wills between the hedonistic Lemora and the pious Lila ensues, with unexpected results. The true beauty of Lemora is that the definition of monsters is turned upside down. The chills begin early with Lila's journey through "normal" society (a preacher with sinful thoughts, a bus station attendant who uses a box of chocolate in an un-Gumplike manner). Compared with this crowd, the vampires and ghouls running around in Lemora's mansion seem tame. Writer and director Richard Blackburn keeps each scene infused with a certain degree of creepiness. There is little gore here: Blackburn's work is closer to Hitchcock's or Rod Serling's than to the typical monster mash. VIEWER COMMENT : "What a surprise. If this ever made the drive-in rounds it was sadly overlooked. "Lemora" is a very unusual and intriguing story of a young girl Lila Lee (Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith), the innocent daughter of a notorious gangster, being lured to an isolated mansion by a mysterious woman, Lemora (Lesley Gilb), with supernatural powers. Her journey there is beset by monsters and weird happenings. Once there, she slowly discovers what her destiny is. Gothic atmosphere and vampirism is vividly depicted and the woods surrounding the estate are overrun with mutants and other victims of a strange curse or "disease" caused by Asteroth...the Lovecraftian name of the area. The film is low budget but this is deftly handled with beautiful photography and striking use of color. "Lemora" is quite unlike any horror film of the period (70's) and being set in the 30's, you wouldn't know it was from that era thanks to the wonderful sets and costumes. The film is dedicated to the late Smith (who apparently died in 2002) and she is quite beautiful and amazingly innocent looking...perfect for the role. There are good extras featured---including interviews with Gilb and others involved in the film. All in all, "Lemora" is highly recommended for collectors of strange horror films and others who like an interestingly spooky tale. Synapse has done a great job and are commended for bringing this truly offbeat film it's due."