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      The Legacy

      1979, Horror, 1h 40m

      16 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      Two U.S. architects (Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott) become trapped in an English mansion with a dying satanist (John Standing).

      • Rating: R

      • Genre: Horror

      • Original Language: English (United Kingdom)

      • Director: Richard Marquand

      • Producer: David Foster

      • Writer: Jimmy Sangster, Patrick Tilley, Paul Wheeler

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (DVD):

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Universal Pictures

      • Production Co: Pethurst Ltd, Turman-Foster Company

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo

      • Aspect Ratio: Flat (1.85:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Katharine Ross
      Sam Elliott
      John Standing
      Lee Montague
      Hildegard Neil
      Marianne Broome
      Roger Daltrey
      Arnold Kopelson
      Ted Lloyd
      Michael J. Lewis
      Dick Bush
      Alan Hume
      Anne V. Coates
      Disley Jones
      Bryan Graves
      Shura Cohen
      Robin Grantham
      Maude Onslow
      Michael Dryhurst
      Derek Knowler

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      • Sep 30, 2015

        The cover artwork is a hissing cat hovering over witch's fingernails and the assumption of supernatural chicanery isn't entirely unfounded. While this occult thriller can be lumbering and devoid of shivers, it is nevertheless ticklish, byzantine escapism. Frankly, the bait-and-switch of Margaret (Katharine Ross) and Pete's (Sam Elliott) swooning romance (with picnics along the English countryside) is a convincingly tranquil slice of Nicolas Sparks infatuation. Lending his mustache and swaggering macho gravitas to the cryptic proceedings, the seethingly paranoid Elliott scowls at the slightest hint of conspiracy (his glance is askew at an astronomical advance sum for their interior design overseas). Richard Marquand sprinkles a breadcrumb trail of oddities and red herrings (ex. A fully furnished bedroom upon the couple's inopportune arrival). A gratuitously titillating shower scene for the ladies of Elliott is interrupted by scolding hot water. Known mostly for the band The Who, Roger Daltry doesn't outstrip himself of his rock-star image and his character, Clive, might as well be vacationing during an international musical tour. Either way, kudos to the script for not skimping on its own cockamamie nature. The ring being bequeathed to Maggie is undeniably frightening with the disembodied voice of Jason Mountolive beckoning from behind a hospital veil. Although, Mountolive's decrepit makeup is eerily similar to Troma's Toxic Avenger. Neither Maggie nor Peter are nonplused by accumulating loopy behavior and it only supports the tongue-in-cheek attitude. At one point, Elliott is nearly struck by an errant crossbow arrow and he remarks, in his typically baritone manner, "Maybe you should stick to darts". The major component that propels the film to modest success is the jaunty chemistry between real-life duo, Elliott and Ross. The whodunit aspects are transparent to a fault but it doesn't treat black magic and Satanism with direness. Daltry's recruitment speech to the dark arts is quite flippant in a Monty Python way ("It's a different way of life really. We don't ride on broomsticks."). By the ending credits, the prophesy has been fulfilled and those still intact are not merely grateful but surprisingly felicitous about the possibilities of the heir's powers. On its own ingratiating merits, The Legacy is a lighthearted romp in devil worship.

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