Moonlight Frights: Lemora, A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural
Surprisingly, this is one of the better vampire movies I’ve seen. We’ve all seen the atrocity that was Twilight (and its unnecessary sequels) and the other tragedy that was Daybreakers and…let’s face it, most of the modern vampire movies are nothing but than a cheap thrill. So let’s take a step back in time to a time when disco ran rampant and the lines to get inside were as long as the lines of coke being done inside the bathroom. Lemora is actually a decent film, even if you can’t see most of it since it takes place in dark settings. But alas, I digress from encouraging you to watch this week’s Moonlight Fright.
You are not even a full minute in when several murders occur, which is a plus in my book. Murder, gangsters, it’s the perfect set up for any vampire movie! Honestly. To fully understand the movie, you have to listen carefully and observe every inch. I haven’t had to pay this much attention to someone since I went for an interview. But each character, however long they’re onscreen, offer something to the story. From the creepy man whose eyes linger on Lila Lee a little too long, to Solange (not Beyoncé’s sister) who provides Lila — and the audience — for a scare or two. But it’s the title character we want to pay attention to.
Lemora, known by many names, ones that we’re not told of, sends a message to Lila to alert her of her estranged father’s looming death. Naive as she is, Lila goes alone and is attacked by creatures in the swamp. Lemora and her legion of unannounced vampires see to her safety and casually, and vaguely, induct her as a hopeful member of their clan. From the get go, Lemora’s gothic appearance rivals that of the great Dracula, and she sweetly charms everyone she comes across. Maybe it’s those eyes…She’s got Lemora eyes. Okay, that was bad, but Lemora is indeed a captivating leader whose flock obey every command.
If I’ve gone back and forth about this movie, it’s because this movie deserves to be seen. If you’re into cult films, Lemora is a treasured obscure gem. Its cast provides exceptional performances, and the story line, while slightly predictable, leaves an ambiguous ending that baffles me. And it’s been a few weeks since I’ve seen this film! Love it, hate it, just watch it! Lemora is a true cult film, complete with its own freaky cult. Fair warning, some bits are a bit exploitative and explore random bits of forced adulthood in the guise of being polite.