HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Sputnik
Seducao da Carne
Yes, God, Yes
Five Graves to Cairo
You've Been Trumped Too
Woman in Black, The
Elvis: That's the Way It Is
Man Who Laughs, The
Watch List
Giraffe
Kat and the Band
Echo
Perfect 10
Octaman
Red Penguins
China Syndrome, The
Babyteeth
Round-Up, The
Around the Sun
Once There Was Brasilia
Peripheral
Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street
Ice
She Demons
Good Girls, The
Hail, Hero!
Faces in the Crowd
Tamango
Traitor, The
Tomorrow
Third Generation, The
Saxon Charm, The
Spy Intervention
Moonrise
Mulan
Killer with a Thousand Eyes, The
Vigil, The
Liberation of L.B. Jones, The
Wizard of Baghdad, The
Ride
   
 
Newest Articles
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights in with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
The Beat Goes On: Takeshi Kitano Collection on Blu-ray
Dream Treats: Scorsese Shorts on Blu-ray
It's Only Money: Laughter in Paradise on Blu-ray
A Regular Terpsichore: Dance, Girl, Dance on Blu-ray
Teenage Trauma: Baby Love on Blu-ray
The Happening: Pet Shop Boys It Couldn't Happen Here on Blu-ray
Who Watched The Watchmen?
The Golden Age of Colonic Irrigation: Monty Python Series 4 on Blu-ray
Lady of Pleasure: Lola Montes on Blu-ray
Take You to the Gay Bar: Funeral Parade of Roses on Blu-ray
   
 
  Legacy, The Inherit The Evil
Year: 1978
Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey, John Standing, Ian Hogg, Margaret Tyzack, Charles Gray, Lee Montague, Hildegard Neil, Marianne Broome, William Abney, Patsy Smart, Mathias Kilroy, Reg Harding
Genre: HorrorBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: Maggie (Katharine Ross) is a designer who has been invited over to Britain by a mysterious organisation who will be offering her a huge amount of money for her services. The fact that they are so secretive raises the suspicions of her boyfriend Pete (Sam Elliott) and he warns her against getting too mixed up with them, but the allure of a holiday in an Autumnal England proves too much to resist, and soon they are both there, seeing the sights of London. It's when they venture further to the countryside, riding around the narrow lanes on their motorbike, that the unexpected occurs...

OK, maybe not that unexpected considering you've settled down to watch a horror movie, but The Legacy was very much in the thrall of two previous works that had been worldwide successes, one thriller and the other chiller. The main literary influence came from Agatha Christie, as this took the form of those films adapted as And Then There Were None, where a group of various suspects and victims assemble at the requisite mansion and see themselves whittled down one by one by an unknown murderer until the big reveal at the finale.

No such big reveal was necessary here, however, as we pretty much knew what was behind the deaths as Maggie and Pete are run off the road by billionaire John Standing's Roller, whereupon he invites them back to his place - said mansion - to find they're part of an assembly of guests there. Thing is, they're the odd ones out, or so they think, as the others are all rich and successful, some of the most powerful individuals in the world apparently, so what could Maggie and Pete possibly be doing there? You have to ask as their presence is no coincidence, as we discover over the course of the rest of it.

Which brought us to that other chief influence, which was The Omen. Yes, there were demonic practices afoot as the guests were bumped off one by one in gruesome ways, with the first a woman drowned in the swimming pool when she takes a dip thanks to the surface turning impenetrable and trapping her beneath the water. Scenes like this helped to sell the concept, credited to seasoned horror screenwriter Jimmy Sangster, except oddly they did not do much for the movie as every time the advert appeared on the television, potential punters did not go out and see it but did go out and buy John Coyne's novelisation instead. This meant Coyne became an established writer (The Exorcist-inspired The Piercing had been his initial novel), but the film was forgotten.

Back at the plot, Standing disappeared for much of it, as he is bedridden in spite of looking in the rudest of health when Maggie and Pete talked with him, and when she goes to see him at the bedside he grabs her hand and forces a ring onto her finger. On awakening (she passed out in fright), she finds she cannot remove the jewelry, an indication - hey, an "omen" if you like - that she has undertaken some kind of pact with supernatural forces. Various bits of business involving Maggie being a reincarnation, and the down to earth Pete doing his best to leave the mansion but unable to, proceed to offer us the sort of thrills you would expect, although whether they actually thrilled you was up for discussion with only the innovation of the deaths giving a reason to watch. It's not often you get to see Roger Daltrey suffering a failed tracheotomy, so there's that, but most of this was unremarkable if fairly diverting pulp. Music by Michael J. Lewis.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1808 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Paul Smith
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: