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Eric Norden (screenplay)
Carl Monson (story)
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Engel ... (uncredited)
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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)
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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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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Great cast, rubbish movie, 4 March 2012
Author: Chris. from Australia

Talented cast is all that saves this turkey from the mincer, as John Carradine plays a recently deceased father whose family and servants are set to gain a sizable inheritance, if they can spend one week together in the family mansion. Carradine had nothing but scorn for his selfish offspring and has twisted the terms of the will to increase the proportions paid to each, should any die. A recipe for murderous abandon, which is exactly what prevails over the course of one, frenzied night.

The film itself is pure hokum, absurd and spectacularly poor in almost every dimension. The cast is what makes it vaguely watchable. Aside from horror maestro Carradine, Jeff Morrow, John Russell, Faith Domergue, Dick Davalos, Merry Anders, John Smith, Norman Bartold, Buck Kartalian and Rodolfo Acosta feature, a talented cast that will appeal to many film buffs. Glamorous Brooke Mills in an early role, has a sizable part as the youngest offspring, mentally precarious and under the watchful eye of treating psychiatrist Smith, who may or may not be connected with the crimes that begin depleting the dysfunctional progeny.

While the twist ending suggests that it's done tongue-in-cheek, it's difficult to detect that tone throughout the film, which labours through one, dark night to a blood-splattered conclusion, far less satisfying than one could have imagined. But still, there's the substantial cast of some distinction, and performances that belie the limited content (Morrow, Domergue and Russell in particular give dedicated performances). If you can see the potential in the cast, then this one will be worth a look.

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