Saturday, October 23, 2010

Lemora: A Child's Tale Of The Supernatural

An innocent, virginal young girl is summoned to care for her gangster father, supposedly dying. Unbeknownst to the girl, her father has been abducted by a powerful vampiress, who is looking to bring the girl into her fold. (So to speak).

Lemora is a real oddity: a low budget, heavily atmospheric horror film that strikes the dreamlike tone of a child's fairy tell, but includes a lot of obvious sexual subtext that would make it inappropriate for children. In execution the film is not always successful, but has interesting ideas on how to build horror out of the sexual awakening of a pubescent girl, as seen as an iconic, slightly surreal fable. A hazy, half-remembered nightmare of a horror film, not quite like anything else I can think of offhand.

Grade: B-

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