the literary elements of H.P Lovecraft's The Shadow
Over Innsmouth and Arthur Machen's The White People,
and the films Night of the Hunter and Count Yorga
and you might begin to recognize this low low budget film
directed by first time director Richard Blackburn (better
known for his writing credits on Eating Roul).
Set in Georgia during the 1920s, the film starts with the
execution of a couple in bed by a mobster. Cut to church where
we find the mobster's 13-year old church-attending choir-singing
daughter Lila Lee (Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith, later
know for roles in Caged Heat and other softcore porn
gems) defended by the preacher (Richard Blackburn). The jist
of which is don't blame the daughter for the sins of the father.
But what about the genes of the father?
Apparently, the father has the taint or as they say,
the Astara Look, and is compelled to return to
the swamp infested town of his birth where he meets the head
vampire, Lemora (who loves to surround herself with young
Lemora is immediately attracted to the mobster's daughter
after seeing a picture of her in a newspaper clipping. As
with everyone in this film there seems to be a lot
of interest in the untapped sexuality of Lila.
Lemora tricks Lila to visit her sick father in
the town that is Innsmouth by any other name. There is even
the bus ride into town riped from the pages of HPL's famous
work (only to be trampled on as the bus is attacked by a bunch
of Zombie Werewolf-Clowns that then get ambushed by a bunch
of Vampires in bad makeup, black capes and matching black
fedoras). It is really hard to stay awake after that since
this is the highlight of the film.
the end, however, there is a big battle between the Zombie
Werefolf-Clowns and the Black fedora wearing Vampires, and
they eventually kill each other off. Only Lemora and Lila
Lee survive just as we see Lila's crucifix fall to the ground
while Lemora gives her a love bite.
But wait, suddenly the Preacher appears (after searching
for Lila the whole time) and is thrown on a pile of hay by
a very frisky and sexually aroused Lila who then bears her
But wait again! With the final dissolve, we find that it
was all a daydream that Lila Lee had while bored in church!
Apparently, The Catholic Film Board condemned this
film but you have got to wonder why they bothered. Bonus points,
however, go to the art direction for the 1930s town and period
bus used in the beginning of the film.