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  •  REVIEW: LEMORA: THE LADY DRACULA

      Lemora: The Lady Dracula
    The Drac is back

    It'll take a stake through the heart to bury the culty 1973 vampire pic "Lemora: the Lady Dracula," which was saved from total disappearance and is now offered again for you to sink your teeth into.

    By ROBIN EISGRAU
    Offoffoff.com


    After 30 years of release limbo, "Lemora, Lady Dracula" returns to the big screen with its unique melange of gothic camp. A cult hit in drive-ins and late-night TV, the film was withdrawn in the early 1980s and all copies disappeared. Only a video transfer by writer-director-actor Richard Blackburn. In lurid color, the story of Lila Lee unspools.

    LEMORA: THE LADY DRACULA
    Original title: Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural.
    Written and directed by: Richard Blackburn.
    Cast: Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith, Lesley Gilb, Cheryl Smith, William Whitton, Hy Pyke, Maxine Ballantyne, Parker West, Richard Blackburn.

    Related links: Official site
      
    In the film, the daughter of a ruthless gangster on the run from the law in the south of the 1930s, Lila (played by Cheryl Smith) is being raised by a reverend (played by Richard Blackburn. who also wrote and directed the film). Lila has been blessed with a beautiful singing voice, and the reverend showcases her in the church's choir.

    Lila receives a letter saying that her father is on his deathbed in a distant town called Asteroth. She is urged to come see him and told to come alone. In the middle of the night she sneaks away, becoming the sole passenger on a bus ride.

      Lemora: The Lady Dracula
    The bus is attacked by zombielike creatures and Lila finds herself at the house of Lemora (played by Lesley Gilb), a mysterious black-clad woman who oversees a strange group of children and has a strong interest in Lila as she seeks to wear away her Christian resolve. Lila tries to escape Lemora's clutches, but finds that the more she runs, the closer Lemora gets.

    There are not-so-subtle lesbian overtones to Lemora's attention to Lila, especially when Lemora insists on giving Lila a bath. There isn't a lot of vampire stuff happening (Lemora bares her fangs only once), but the zombielike creatures who live in the woods surrounding Lemora's house are certainly creepy as they chase after Lila in her futile efforts to escape.

    "Lemora, Lady Dracula" succeeds as a horror movie that's more campy than scary (you may find the stilted dialogue chuckleworthy) and is a nice slice of escapism for a summer night.

    JUNE 28, 2001
    OFFOFFOFF.COM • THE GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE NEW YORK


    Reader comments on Lemora: The Lady Dracula:

  • Cheryl Smith   from Anne, Jan 19, 2002
  • Lemora: The Lady Dracula   from David McDonald, May 11, 2002
  • Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith   from Chris Barbour, Jul 12, 2002
  • Re: Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith   from Ron, Nov 26, 2002
  • Yes, Cheryl Smith died...   from Naomi, Jan 28, 2003
  • Re: Yes, Cheryl Smith died...   from Mort Stien ASV Magazine, Dec 27, 2004
  • Buy the Synapse DVD   from Chris, Jul 28, 2003
  • Lemora, what a beautiful name.   from Joe, Jul 30, 2002
  • Re: Lemora, what a beautiful name.   from Mark D, Sep 10, 2002
  • Re: Lemora, what a beautiful name.   from Dave, Jan 2, 2003
  • come join my rainbeaux smith yahoo group   from kolobos, Jan 10, 2003
  • [no subject]   from Gary Dickson, Jan 16, 2003
  • Lemora DVD on Halloween!   from gorgastic, May 22, 2003
  • The Ghost of Lemora   from oldgoth, May 26, 2003
  • giving into Her from the start   from Evillust, Jun 8, 2003
  • Lemora E-Group   from Michael, Jun 23, 2003
  • Re: Lemora E-Group   from Diggem the Frog, Jun 27, 2003
  • Re: Lemora E-Group   from Lesslee, Nov 14, 2003
  • Lila Lee   from Ron Mwangaguhunga, Oct 18, 2003
  • First impression of Lemora   from Bob Twatt, Dec 9, 2003
  • Lemora: The Lady Dracula   from David, Apr 17, 2004
  • Re: Lemora: The Lady Dracula   from Lila, May 7, 2004
  • When Lemora met Count Dracula   from Michael the Virginian, Dec 30, 2005
  • buying film   from Daniel Johnson, Sep 6, 2006
  • Re: buying film   from john, Nov 16, 2006

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