Countdown to Halloween: How Joss Whedon spoiled a lot of horror movies for me

Midway through the 1970s vampire flick Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural, there's a long chase sequence that's like an exercise in primordial horror imagery. It made me wonder just how many reels of film have been devoted to this sort of scene, a terrified blonde running through the night, pursued by some slavering monster or psychokiller. Read more [...]

Is the 1970s horror flick ‘Lemora’ a coming-out story in vampire disguise?

After its 1973 release, Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural gained a rep for being kinky and titillating, despite being rated PG. Like virtually every vampire tale ever written, the movie uses the vampire genre as a metaphor for sexual awakening — only in this case it's a young girl who discovers her true nature thanks to a seductive older woman. Read more [...]

The siren song of the B movie: ‘Lemora: A Child’s Tale of the Supernatural’

This cult favorite among the lesbian-vampire subgenre received spotty theatrical distribution. And then Lemora largely vanished for two decades, save from the minds of those few horror fans who had managed to see it back when. You could say that the movie’s ideal venue is a grindhouse cinema of the unconscious. Read more [...]

If ‘Vertigo’ is the best movie ever made, what’s the worst?

Last month's Sight & Sound critic's poll of the Top 50 Greatest Movies of All Time, in which Vertigo deposed Citizen Kane from its longtime perch at number one, has stirred up all kinds of online chatter. It seems everyone has an opinion about what the classics are, or should be. But the list got me wondering, what is the worst movie ever made? Read more [...]

L.A. Repertory Cinema pick: a mind-bending Cronenberg double bill

It's often said that an artist has truly made his mark when his name becomes an adjective — an honor only a very few filmmakers have attained. This double feature of Videodrome and eXistenZ is a great immersion in all things Cronenbergian, and an opportunity to be reminded of just what a freaky, unsettling vision that term describes. Read more [...]