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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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15 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
I saw it titled "Legacy of Blood"--it's still terrible, 4 July 2003
Author: Wayne Malin ( from United States

Ridiculous horror film about a wealthy man (John Carradine) dying and leaving everything to his four children, and his servants to be divided up equally. One condition--they must spend one week in his estate to get the money. And if any of them die, the others get more. Guess what happens next....

I saw a brand new print of this film on cable. The colors were bright and vivid and the house itself looks beautiful. That's about all the good things I can say about it.

Let's list just some of the problems this film has: the killer is screamingly obvious; the servants are called Igor and Elga--come on!; some of the sound recording was so bad I couldn't make out the dialogue (no great loss I'm sure); the gore was sparse and very poorly done; the other murders were simply boring, stupid or impossible and this movie contains some truly abominable acting--so bad you just stare at the screen in disbelief. Even pro Jeff Morrow was terrible! The only fairly good acting was from trouper Faith Domergue (who deserved better than this) and John Carradine (who looks painfully old and frail here). I do have to admit though--the closing line in this movie is a gem!

Why this was renamed "Legacy of Blood" is beyond me--there's another 1978 horror film with that name!

Whatever its name is, it's a bad movie. To be avoided at all costs.

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