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The Inheritance -- 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.
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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
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
Savannah Scott .... production assistant (as Savannah Collins)
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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Good Idea, Poor Execution, 8 May 2011
Author: gavin6942 from United States

A family has a reunion in the snow where they plan to ask their rich uncle for money. However, the uncle has other plans.

What attracted me to this film was Keith David being in the cast, whom I have loved ever since "They Live". His role is a bit smaller than the rest, but he still had enough screen time that it went beyond a cameo and was quite enjoyable. (He also served as an executive producer.)

What might stand out for people is the almost all-black cast. Producer Effie Brown says the film was designed to be "universal", in that although the family is black it is not a "black movie" and can appeal to everyone -- the theme of a group of people stranded somewhere facing death is a common horror motif. And Brown is right -- although the background to the story ties in to slavery, there is nothing about this film that would alienate the audience due to race. Interestingly, this had been a concern of the marketing department, and hence the figure on the cover was made racially ambiguous.

For those who really find watching a film with black people uncomfortable, the inclusion of the white couple, with their cracks about black people, snow and barbecue, should help smooth things over for you. But if that is what you need to survive the film, I am not sure what it says about you.

The story itself is decent, though at times it drags on. The cinematography is good, though some of it came across as MTV-style with its quick cuts and time-elapsed scenes. I am referring in particular to the montage in front of the cabin where we see the snowmobile coming and going, but apparently never leaving the front yard. What I found to be the best part was the clever idea of making "The Flesh Is The Strength" deteriorate into another phrase. (Though why Shakabazz prefers English is a mystery.)

This is not the horror film of the year, but it is not a failure, either. The creators tried to do a little something different, and in that they succeeded. The goal was also to make it capable of becoming a franchise... whether or not that will happen remains to be seen, but the potential is there.

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