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Lila (1968)

A topless dancer attracts, seduces, then murders the men she sleeps with. She does it with a twist, however; she kills them with garden tools.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Lila
Steve Vincent ...
Sgt. Collins
James Brand ...
Lt. Ryan (as M.K. Evans)
Vic Lance ...
Tiger
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Cathy
Janu Wine ...
Angel
Stuart Lancaster ...
Frank
John Caroll ...
Ben
John LaSalle ...
Fred
Hinton Pope ...
Chief Barnes
Bethel Buckalew ...
Bartender
Lyn Armondo ...
Real Estate Woman
Norton Halper ...
Tenant
Judith Crane ...
Dancer
Cheryl Trepton ...
Dancer
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Storyline

A topless dancer attracts, seduces, then murders the men she sleeps with. She does it with a twist, however; she kills them with garden tools.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Like a Female Mantis... to LOVE her was to DIE! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lila: Mantis in Lace  »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000 (estimated)
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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Connections

Referenced in Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Lila
Theme Song
by Vic Lance
Sung by Lynn Harper
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Disappointing outing from Rotsler
15 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fairly tame and unexciting, Mantis in Lace is about a stripper in a club who tries acid one night while out with some groovy cat and has a bad trip. She hallucinates weird lights and patterns on the guy's face. Then she stabs him repeatedly with a screwdriver. End of date. She proceeds to go find other guys and brings them back to her place and does the same to them.

I was expecting more from this one. It's very, very low-budget, even by films of this type. The main actress isn't anything to write home about and the lensing by stud cinematographer Lazlo Kovacs isn't that hot. It also drags in a big way. This feels almost like a short that was padded to feature length.

Film has none of the mind-bending visuals or stylistic flourishes of Rotsler's brilliant "Like It Is" which was also released in 1968.


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