Monsters: Season 1, Episode 7

The Legacy (3 Dec. 1988)

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Dale finds the private sanctuary of Fulton Pierce, a famous, dead, horror actor. Dale can see Fulton's image in the old make-up case that was owned by the actor, and his life soon goes down a dark road.

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Dale finds the private sanctuary of Fulton Pierce, a famous, dead, horror actor. Dale can see Fulton's image in the old make-up case that was owned by the actor, and his life soon goes down a dark road.

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This one didn't quite work for me.

Monsters: The Legacy is set in a Palm Beach house which an author named Dale (David Brisbin) has rented out after he has become convinced it used to belong to horror film legend Faulton Pierce one of the most respected actor's ever to grace Hollywood. Dale is trying to write a book about Pierce & how he managed to create such convincing on-screen character's, while rummaging through the basement Dale finds Pierce's old make-up box & soon learns the truth about Pierce's on-screen creations...

Episode seven from season one of Monsters this originally aired in the US during December 1988, directed by Jeffrey Wolf this was based on a story by famed horror author Robert Bloch (as was Mannikins of Horror (1989) another story from the first season of Monsters) & against all expectation is maybe the weakest episode of the first season & if it's not the weakest it's certainly right down there. The story itself isn't that great to begin with & is more of a mystery thriller before a horror type ending which is far too rushed to make sense & have any sort of impact, from a personal point of view I just didn't get the ending at all & I didn't think it worked. It starts off with Dale changing into a monsters & then he's back to normal again & then there's this Vampire standing in the middle of the room who pulls a funny face & then the episode ends. The pace is generally slow & the duration is too short to get over what seems fairly exposition heavy with most of it narrated by Dale as there aren't enough other character's to bounce the various ideas & themes off.

As usual there are limited sets & a limited number of cast but it's still quite polished & it looks nice enough. There's no gore in this one & apart from a deformed monster at the end not much in the way of horror or scares or atmosphere. The relatively unknown cast do alright but no-one stands out particularly.

The Legacy is maybe the worst Monsters episode from it's first season & I didn't rate it at all, there's just not much of a story, not much horror & a mess of a twist ending.


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