Year 1974
Studio Media Cinema
Producer Robert Fern
Director Richard Blackburn

Richard Blackburn

Robert Fern

Music ???

Leslie Gilb

Cheryl Smith

Richard Blackburn

Length 117 minutes

Lemora, A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural

‘‘ Give this child a chance. ’’

Combine 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 children).

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.

In 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 fangs!

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.