THE LEGACY – Blu-Ray Review
“It is a birthright of living death…”
Scream Factory brings us another great release this time about supernatural forces and a horrible inheritance; The Legacy.
How far would you go to inherit everlasting life? When Margaret (Katharine Ross – The Stepford Wives) and her boyfriend Pete (Sam Elliot – Frogs, Road House) have a car accident in the English countryside, the other driver offers to take them to his lavish country estate to make amends. But once there, they are surprised to learn that all of the other house guests are already expecting them! It’s not long before the couple’s fear turns into terror when the guests (including Roger Daltrey) begin dying in unspeakable ways. Now it’s clear, the true master of the house is a supernatural force that will stop at nothing to find the rightful heirs for an unimaginably horrible legacy.
Oh where do I begin with this film? It was a strange and weird film but I loved it. The film starts with Margaret getting a call about an architect/design job offer in the English countryside. She tells her boyfriend, Pete about it who proceeds to ask the important questions like “who? what? where? why?” but she manages to convince him to go with her, visit, and then have her go off to work. Again, why would anyone take a job without finding out what it is and who is offering but that’s just me. So off they go and there is a nice montage of their adventures in the UK along with the most amazing pop song! I just find it funny when a pop song is used as a theme for a horror/supernatural film but oh my god, I just loved it. Any ways, while on their motorcycle, they get run off the road by a really nice car and the driver convinces them to go back to his insanely huge house for some tea as their motorcycle gets fixed. Tea turns into a longer visit as other guests arrive all who know Margaret but she has no clue what is going on.
The viewer slowly and I do mean slowly starts to learn that the master of the home is dying and he needs to find someone to pass his “legacy” on to. Maggie and the guests are there to see who will inherit it but things aren’t what they seem to be. Maggie and Pete try to escape when they realize things aren’t right but just like every other horror film, the town won’t let them. Maggie finally accepts that and she start to fully understand what is going on. During that time, guests start dropping one by one and in some karmic retribution kind of way because we didn’t see that coming. I also want to mention that they used the opening pop song through out the film and it seems like they tried to make it more creepy. It worked with the film.
And that ending!! I don’t want to spoil it but I will say, that’s love.
The film was transferred in 1080p HD and it looked really good on my screen considering this film came out in 1978. The audio is great as well. I didn’t have to turn it up really high or need the subs so I wouldn’t disturb my room mate. There are a few bonus features included on the blu-ray:
- Interview Academy Award winning film editor Anne V. Coates
- Interview with special effects artist Robin Grantham
- Theatrical trailer
- TV spot
- Radio spot
- Photo gallery
Get yourself a copy of The Legacy. I enjoyed it even during it’s slow moments. The concept was weird and the death scenes were great. You may catch yourself yelling at Maggie and Pete but it’s really an enjoyable supernatural film. Unlike the other films I have review where I said watch it with friends and have a great, this one won’t work in that setting. Have some wine and watch some creepy stuff happen.
The Legacy is available now on Blu-ray from Shout! Factory!