Saturday, January 26, 2008

Lemora: A Child's Tale of The Supernatural (1973)

Continuing the Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith theme, I thought I would weigh-in on a fabulous cult horror film that Cheryl starred in in the early '70s. This is a film I remember seeing on local television in Boston as a teenager in the wee hours of the morning on one of the VHF channels at the time 27, 38 or 56.

I was mesmorized by Cheryl's earnest performance as lost girl Lila Lee, and by director Richard Blackburn's truly creepy, atmospheric no-budget filmmaking.

Speaking of creepy Blackburn also tackles the role of "The Reverend" who simultaneously wants to save Lila's soul and deflower her body.

Cheryl Gilb gives a weird performance as Lemora (the lemon-fresh vampire, just kidding). The touchy-feely bloodsucker treats our woozy heroine (according to Blackburn Smith was wasted out of her gourd for the entire shoot) to a sensuous sponge bath and seemingly much more as the scene fades out.

Anyway, this is out on DVD and I highly recommend checking out "Lemora" for fans of schlocky but swell '70s horror.

7 comments:

Donna Lethal said...

R.I.P. Rainbeaux! If only she were still alive and we could interview her.

Chris Parcellin said...

Oh absolutely Donna! I tried to find her for awhile in the years before she died but I couldn't seem to track her down. Then sadly, she passed away.

Howie Pyro said...

Dick Blackburn also co wrote & was in Eating Raoul...he's an old record collector friend of mine...I went to see a movie I have had a soundtrack LP of & wondered if it could actually be a movie that exists for 16 years: Stunt Rock...it was unearthed & shown at the silent movie theater this past friday, & who is one of the stars? Dick Blackburn! I almost fell off my seat! I was texting him questions all through the movie...he has never brought it up all these years...there are clips on youtube now...

Chris Parcellin said...

Donna, you were just talking to me about "Stunt Rock," right? Jesus, I've got to check those clips out.

Howie Pyro said...

yes...Donna "forgot" to come o the movie with me!! hahaha...

Donna Lethal said...

Yes I am a tard just like one of those movies Mark posted about today. I got the movie right but the day wrong. I wondered why Howie was calling me a "flake" when I said, "Yes! I want to go!"

Chris Parcellin said...

Uh-oh, there is trouble in the Celluloid Slammer!