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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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Legacy of Boredom, 27 October 2011
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

I bought LEGACY OF BLOOD aka. BLOOD LEGACY (1971) as part of a 100 movie Horror pack and was somewhat looking forward to it because I am a fan of ultra-low-budget B-movie Horror, and because it has B-movie legend David Carradine in it. I began watching it several times late at night and must confess that it took me several takes to watch the movie all the way through, because i fell asleep several times.

After the death Christopher Dean (David Carradine), a sinister and rich old man, his family and servants gather in his mansion to hear his will. To their surprise, the crazy old man has ordered that only after spending a week in his mansion they will be allowed to share his inheritance. They all reluctantly accept and move on to stay at the mansion. Then, one by one gets killed... Or, actually, every now and then one gets killed, with endless periods of nonsensical dialogue and tedious sequences in-between. LEGACY OF BLOOD has some fun aspects, such as rather explicit gore-scenes and super-demented characters such as a super-masochistic House servant or a demented veteran (played by John Russell of LAWMAN and PALE RIDER) who collects corpse parts as macabre souvenirs. But overall, the movie is incredibly boring for about 80 per cent of the time. Watching it for David Carradine alone will turn out a waste of time, as he has less than 5 minutes of screen time.

This film might be be better if it was only an hour long, but a large part of its 90 minutes are very boring. Hardcore Trash-lovers such as myself might still find it enjoyable for some truly demented characters and weird scenes. All others avoid.

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