Lazy Afternoon Reruns: “Southern Movie 15: ‘Lemora'”

The 1970s were an awesome era for bizarre, low-budget horror movies, and the strange Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural from 1973 is a part of that tradition. This one has it all: bad acting, a storyline that makes little sense, cheap sound effects, methodically slow walking, too many camera close-ups. Supposedly set in 1930s Georgia, the only things Southern about Lemora are the forced accents and the evangelist-preacher male lead. TCM Underground’s webpage on Lemora describes the film this way:

Set in the Depression-era South, it opens like a rural gangster movie and detours into a drama of religious hypocrisy before becoming a sinister Alice in Wonderland.

That’s pretty generous.

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