Lemora: A Child’s Tale Of The Supernatural (1973 film)

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A Child's Tale of the Supernatural, AKA Lemora, Lemora: A Child’s Tale Of The Supernatural, The Legendary Curse of Lemora, Lady Dracula, Lemora, the Lady Dracula, The Rape of the Vampires (1973)


In a (very) loose adaptation of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth (fiction)", a young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying gangster father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft with village folk who have "The Astaroth Look".


  • Release Date: 1973
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Fantasy, Horror
  • Runtime: 1 hr 20 min
  • Starring: Lesley Taplin, Cheryl Smith, William Whitton
  • Director: Richard Blackburn
  • Writer: Richard Blackburn and Robert Fern (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Blackfern
  • View Trailer: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: PG (mild Violence, mild Adult Content)

Some reviewers have suggested that in subtext, the girl is fleeing the priest's sexual advances at the beginning of the film, and similarly see a sexual subtext in the film's vampirism and the relationship between the girl and Lemora; this is underplayed, however, and younger viewers will likely not notice.

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • SS___ (Two Tentacles: Barely Lovecraftian; could be a very loose adaptation)

A (very) loose adaptation of "The Shadow Over Innsmouth (fiction)", with vampires substituted for fish-things.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Horror-Movie-a-Day, (link) - "...that familiar plotting only magnifies the film’s eccentric charms, as it’s otherwise like nothing else I’ve seen. At times it seems to be operating under nightmare logic... and the fairy tale allusions are a wonderful touch...."
  • James Gracey at Behind the Couch (link) - "Lemora is a work of dark, dreamlike suggestion that draws upon fairy tales, vampire lore, Southern Gothic literature and the work of H.P. Lovecraft. It is an untypical vampire film with its own fascinating lore and hinted-at mythology".
  • Elvis Mitchell at The New York Times (link) - "The movie is a remarkable spectacle because the story has grander ideas about the nature of sexuality and death than it could ever hope to relate, given the limits of budget and talent. ... Lemora wants to surpass the expansions on vampire film mythology that propelled the fecund, tightly wound horror movies from Hammer Studios. The film falls far short of its goals, but it is a classic of sorts."
  • Andrew Pragasam at The Spinning Image (8/10) (link) - "Possibly the greatest horror movie you’ve never heard of. ...one finds this nuanced, intelligent and inspirational horror fare."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) (link) - "Lemora has an undeniably haunted atmosphere at times."


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A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft.


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