A millionaire, a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker, a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow. Five of the most powerful people in the world, and Maggie (Katharine Ross) makes six, gather in an ancient mansion to inherit a Legacy of bloodsome horror.Written by
Two years after its release, Sam Elliott gave an interview to Jerry Buck of the Associated Press in which he said about this movie: "I wouldn't rush out to see it. It's about fifteen years behind its time." See more »
In the reflection of the car when the car stops in front of the house while they're trying to escape. See more »
[as they approach Ravenhurst, the Mountolive family's dazzling residence]
... So what do you suppose this Mr. Mountolive does for a living?
[with a shrug]
Whatever it is, he's doing it right.
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US theatrical cut is 100 min. and British theatrical cut 102 min. See more »
I like this potboiler. There's a soft spot in me for this story, even though it features the occasional lapse in narrative logic, and the special effects--while serviceable--don't guarantee it will leave much of a cinematic impression in many people's memory, years down the line. The Legacy is passed down by a moribund multi-millionaire, Jason Mountolive, to a group of inheritors (most of them European) who have travelled from afar to reunite for Jason's last 'will and testament.' Maggie Walsh and boyfriend Pete work together in Los Angeles as interior decorators (what's the likelihood of that?). They are hired sight unseen by a British client and, soon, 'accidentally' meet Jason, and are invited to stay at his home. At Ravenshurst mansion, the inheritors drop like flies, and Jason begins to get a little warmed over--he appears to be melting, cataracts appear, and he's definitely in dire need of a manicure. Clearly, this horror film was inspired by The Omen and, likewise, features a few Rottweilers that help take care of impending 'business' matters... Time to feed the dogs!!!
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