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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.


William Rotsler


Sanford White


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


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


SHE LOVED THEM... and loved them and loved them TO DEATH! See more »


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Release Date:

19 June 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lila: Mantis in Lace See more »


Box Office


$35,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alternate Versions

The version released by Something Weird video as "Mantis in Lace" is the longest, most complete version of the film, originally titled "Lila". See more »


Referenced in American Grindhouse (2010) See more »


Theme Song
by Vic Lance
Sung by Lynn Harper
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Psychedlic murder!
27 June 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

A terrible exploitation film of the late 60's with a sweet actress in the lead role. The cops are really terrible (as actors and cops). The only standout part of the film is the presence of the incredible Pat Barrington. There's nobody quite like her. This director has made better films (The Agony of Love). The sound quality is particularly bad.

The title song is excruciatingly awful as is most of the muzak. As I mentioned, if not for Pat Barrington, this would be totally unwatchable. Ms. Barrington should have played the lead instead of playing the belly dancing stripper. She has attributes the other females in the cast do not possess.

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