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Five ambitious cousins set out on a family reunion during the dead of winter. The purpose of the retreat is to secure their inheritance, a fortune that dates back many generations. | Add synopsis »
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Rochelle Aytes ... Lily

Golden Brooks ... Karen
Janae Burney ... Ancestor Girl

Keith David ... Uncle Melvin

André De Shields ... Uncle Grady

Demetrius Grosse ... Ancestor Henry

Darrin Dewitt Henson ... Tyrone

Shawn Michael Howard ... Simpson

Lanre Idewu ... Chakabazz
Chene Lawson ... Ancestor Lily

Adriane Lenox ... Felicia
Johntae Lipscomb ... Ancestor Boy
Chaz Monet ... Ancestor Karen
Edward Nattenberg ... Martin

Novella Nelson ... Aunt Bee
Jenny Weaver ... Julie

D.B. Woodside ... Henry

Directed by
Robert O'Hara 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
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Produced by
Mark Brockbank .... executive producer
Effie Brown .... producer
Van Hayden .... producer
Lanre Idewu .... executive producer
Jermaine O'Neal .... executive producer
Cynthia P. Stafford .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nathan Furst 
Cinematography by
Tommy Maddox-Upshaw 
Film Editing by
Craig Hayes 
Casting by
Chemin Sylvia Bernard 
Production Design by
Cheri Anderson 
Art Direction by
Nate Retzlaff 
Costume Design by
Sarah Staskauskas 
Makeup Department
Rosemary Lawrence .... makeup artist
Production Management
Samantha Stevenson-Berkowitz .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Senica Billingsley .... first assistant director
Art Department
Kellen Berg .... art department intern
Bryan Bredahl .... art department assistant
Matt Joyer .... set dresser
Andrew Mueller .... art department intern
Ryan Nichols .... art department intern
Ryan Nichols .... art department intern
Matthew Reuland .... property master
Sound Department
Leandro Cassan .... sound editor
Eric Lalicata .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Lalicata .... supervising sound editor
Ryan McBride .... sound designer
Trevor Metz .... sound effects editor
Adam Mohundro .... boom operator
J.T. Mueller .... sound mixer
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor
David 'Lion' Thompson .... boom operator
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Justin W. Walker .... dialogue editor
Mandell Winter .... supervising sound editor
Visual Effects by
Adam Simpson .... visual effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen R. Allen .... still photographer
Amanda Marie Campbell .... assistant chief lighting technician
Amanda Marie Campbell .... best girl electric
Justin Dickson .... lighting technician
Marq Edwards .... camera operator
Kemper Harris .... grip
Nathan Levine-Heaney .... digital imaging technician
Erin McKenzie Poole .... first assistant camera: additional unit
Samson J. Webber .... assistant camera
Matt Zschoche .... chief lighting technician
Casting Department
Natasha Ward .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Solomon Fobb .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Olena Kuhtaryeva .... assistant editor
Vanessa Ruane .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jon Mooney .... music editor
Transportation Department
Christian Dequeiroz .... transportation captain
Marcos DeQueiroz .... driver
Juan Ferrer .... driver
Julio Gallardo .... driver
Sandra Ninham .... transportation coordinator
Jose Tafoya .... driver
Lazaro Zamora .... driver
Other crew
Nicki Andert .... assistant to director
Josh Ardolf .... set production intern
Michael Bail .... production assistant
Clinton Bistodeau .... post production intern
Daniel Brea .... production assistant
Savannah Collins .... production assistant
Stephanie Jean Elmer .... line producer
Judd Greener .... second assistant director
Nicholas Gumm .... post production intern
Andi Johnson .... assistant production office coordinator
Kassandra Langum .... office production assistant
Brandon James Miller .... production assistant
Tammy Monte .... production accountant
Meredith Nunnikhoven .... production coordinator
Brittany Petros .... post assistant accountant
Kelley Sims .... post production accountant
Wade Whitman .... location manager
Josh Ardolf .... stand-in (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)

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USA:90 min
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Tyrone:Family reunion in the snow. They couldn't have this shit in Puerto Rico?
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Entertaining exotic supernatural drama., 18 April 2011
Author: Boloxxxi from United States

The Principals.

Henry - Profession: Fighter. Social status in the setting: Alpha male. Attributes: Great voice and way of talking; smooth, masculine. Recommendation: Higher this guy to do late night radio or malt liquor commercials.

Simpson - Profession: Programmer. Social status in the setting: Wimp. Attributes: Resembles Spike Lee. Recommendation: Take to parties, but leave behind if you have serious sh!t to do --like maybe saving your life.

Karen - Profession: Stability and regular checks (Don't ask). Social status in the setting: Alpha female. Attributes: Attractive almond eyes and there is some evidence that one could have intense bathroom sex with her. Recommedation: Loan one of her balls to Simpson.

Lilly - Profession: Cook. Social status in the setting: Virgin. Well, "lesbian" --close enough for the cult. Attributes: Attractive light brown eyes and a good run-away-companion if you need one. Surprised Simpson didn't take the tip. Recommendation: Hire her for your ritual dances or your next bachelor or bachelorette party.

Tyrone - Profession: Writer. Social status in the setting: I'm not sure. Attributes: Nondescript. Can groan good if injured, though. Recommendation: Hire if you need someone to blend into the background.

Uncle Melvin - Profession: Something lucrative. Social status in the setting: Lead elder. Attributes: Self-assured. Recommendation: Use him if you need someone to nonchalantly pull the switch at an execution. Additional comments: More than likely will single-handedly send the demand for bathroom locks sky high.

The movie begins with a brief glimpse of the roots of a generational cult that began at some point during the days of slavery. Present day: Oblivious of this, 5 black cousins (3 men, 2 women) and a white couple are driving to a family reunion with the "elders" of their 5 wealthy black families. It is winter time and there are some complaints. When they finally arrive, their host "uncle Melvin" is not there but has left them a box of booze on the bar in the mean time. I don't have to tell you that they appreciated that.

After screwing around a bit with a snow mobile and some snowball fights, they return inside to settle down and acquaint themselves anew with glasses of uncle Melvin's fine booze; the quality of which is verified by the fact that the white couple cannot keep their hands off each other and are forced to retire for modesty's sake after some looks from the others. After they leave there is some entertaining, well acted dialog about each other's motive for being there and why one of the cousins (Simpson) brought his boss and his wife with him (you guessed right; the white couple). About 22 minutes or so into the film uncle Melvin and his crew of old people --sorry, "elders" --show up. He shortly gives the cousins a history lesson about their roots and their deliverer. He tells of the appearance of a compelling black man with supernatural powers who makes promises of freedom, wealth, and prosperity to some slaves in exchange for sacrifices to him. The film takes us back in time to graphically illustrate this while he narrates. Meantime, the cousins look on incredulously (save Tyrone who's as serious as a judge). No one more so than Simpson who looks like he's about to have a fit of laughter and eventually does. --For a price though.

The Inheritance is an interesting addition to the horror genre because it is horror from the perspective of black people; their culture and history. But beyond the window dressing of an almost all-black cast The Inheritance is also interesting because it has strong visualizations; is creatively and stylishly filmed. As well, it has excellent (very believable) dramatic acting that draws you in. Usually in a horror movie you can't wait for the creature, the monster, the freak --or whatever-- to make a show. But in this movie (for me, anyway) the horror or supernatural aspect was only an "exotic backdrop" for interesting dramatic dialog and interaction. In other words, I found I was more interested in the people than anything else. So much so that I forgot --or didn't care that it was supposed to be a horror movie. Good thing too, because this movie is more interesting and entertaining as a "drama" and "group character study" than as a horror movie. Love, Boloxxi

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