The Legacy

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A typically loony English-country-house horror from the pen of Jimmy Sangster, which dumps its statutory American leads (Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott) into a hardly-stirred plot-pot of diabolic conspiracy - and slowly congeals. In other words, the legacy in question is really the British industry's continuing forlorn attempt to crack the international market with a 'nowhere' story of an England where everything stops for tea, a Rolls prowls the leafy lanes, devoted rustic retainers do little but dispose of untidy corpses, and the dark family secret resides upstairs. And the true curse is that an actor of the calibre of Ian Hogg is limited to scowling from beneath a chauffeur's cap, and Charles Gray and Lee Montague have to affect hilarious Euro-accents, while the very presence of the Hollywood 'names' (plus a dreadful Roger Daltrey cameo) turns a hackneyed script into a 'package' with 'potential'. Horror, indeed.
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UK release:

1978

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102 mins

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Chris

This movie bridges the 70's into the 80's. It isn't a bad movie, so much as it's a "lost" movie. The times, the icons, the tone and (the budget), make this a lost treasure (of sorts). The castle(s) used in the production are quite luscious. Roger Daltrey is an inpenetrabaly BAD actor (I just made that word up), but his performance in the film is priceless. Katherine Ross never quite imparts enough non-drama scene "emotion" to any scene that might indicate actual "life".......I'm thinking she was trying out some new type of acting that involved being able to appear, eyes open, as if one were "acting", instead of "asleep". Sam "what's his name" was better, clearly honing his acting/growling skills in a 70's theatrical-release role that probably paid $50k. A good movie for horror/thriller fans that don't mind a dead franchise from 6 minutes in.

Chris

This movie bridges the 70's into the 80's. It isn't a bad movie, so much as it's a "lost" movie. The times, the icons, the tone and (the budget), make this a lost treasure (of sorts). The castle(s) used in the production are quite luscious. Roger Daltrey is an inpenetrabaly BAD actor (I just made that word up), but his performance in the film is priceless. Katherine Ross never quite imparts enough non-drama scene "emotion" to any scene that might indicate actual "life".......I'm thinking she was trying out some new type of acting that involved being able to appear, eyes open, as if one were "acting", instead of "asleep". Sam "what's his name" was better, clearly honing his acting/growling skills in a 70's theatrical-release role that probably paid $50k. A good movie for horror/thriller fans that don't mind a dead franchise from 6 minutes in.