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Will to Die -- Horror movie about three wicked sisters and their equally unsavory husbands who all arrive at a remote inn where they mean to attend the reading of their uncle's will. One by one, the heirs are dispatched by an unknown killer.


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Eric Norden (screenplay)
Carl Monson (story)
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Release Date:
17 March 1971 (USA) See more »
In order to qualify to inherit the family fortune, the four heirs must spend the night in the family estate. However, during the night someone starts killing them off. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Rodolfo Acosta ... Sheriff Dan Garcia
Merry Anders ... Laura Dean

Norman Bartold ... Tom Drake
Ivy Bethune ... Elga

John Carradine ... Christopher Dean
Richard Davalos ... Johnny Dean

Faith Domergue ... Veronica Dean
Buck Kartalian ... Igor Garin
Brooke Mills ... Leslie Dean
Jeff Morrow ... Gregory Dean

John Russell ... Frank Mantee
John Smith ... Dr. Carl Isenburg
Mr. Chin ... Chin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Engel ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Carl Monson 
Writing credits
Eric Norden (screenplay)

Carl Monson (story)

Produced by
Carl Monson .... producer
Ben Rombouts .... executive producer (as Bennett H. Rombouts)
Original Music by
Jaime Mendoza-Nava 
Film Editing by
John Post 
Art Direction by
Mike McCloskey 
Makeup Department
Ric Sagliani .... makeup artist (as Rick Sagliani)
Sound Department
Dick Damon .... sound recordist
Marvin Walowitz .... sound effects (as Norman Wallowitz)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Beckett .... camera operator
Ben Rombouts .... camera operator
Other crew
Dee Drew .... production coordinator
Maria Paris .... script supervisor

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Also Known As:
"Blood Legacy" - USA (original title)
"Legacy of Blood" - USA (new title)
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82 min | USA:90 min (full version DVD release)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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The house used for exterior shots was also used for the Batman television series as "stately Wayne manor."See more »
Elga:[last lines, to audience] And I'll bet you thought it was the butler all along.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
"This house is full of Hate", 11 March 2001

A mega-wealthy man dies and leaves his money to his four heirs to divide. The only catch is that they must spend a whole week in the house. Also, to add some suspense, the will states that if none of the heirs live, then the money is to be divided between the three servants. Well, naturally we know that everyone is going to try to kill everyone in this rather typical storyline. What is not so typical is the level of incompetence used to achieve this goal. Now, unlike the other reviewers, I was able to sit through the whole film in one showing. And as bad films go, and make no mistake here.....this is a BAD film, you could do worse(try sitting through The Wizard of Mars in one sitting for a test of real endurance!) The murders are atrociously executed(both literally and figuratively). The editing leaves much to desire as we see...for seconds only...a head on a turkey platter...some piranhas devouring something, and so on. The acting is ridiculous despite the cast. The film not only has the Grand-master of Bad Horror films, John Carradine(very VERY briefly), but also Merry Anders(her last film), Rodolfo Acosta(his last film), and Jeff Morrow and Faith Domergue from This Island earth fame! Not to mention that guy that played Julius in The Planet of the Apes! You know what kind of film you have when two of the servants names are Igor and Elga, and that Igor has a fetish/need to be whipped by a cane every so often. The other servant, Frank the driver, has a lamp made of the skin from a German he killed during the war. They say good help IS hard to find! The ending is suppose to be comical I think, but more of a relief as you no longer have to see the messy proceedings anymore.

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