It’s a banner day for ol’ Ryan (Chase Joliet); he’s just out sawing some wood (as one does) when a man informs him he has inherited a house from his biological father…a dude he thought bit the big one multiple years ago. Before long Ryan, with his pregnant fiance in tow, heads out to the bucolic coastal town and takes up residence in the spacious abode. Once there, R-man begins a slow slide down the slippery slope of going batshit insane as he begins to unravel his family’s dark history and the blight upon the land on which the mansion sits.
Packed with equal parts family drama and slow burn horror, Inheritance (the debut feature for Director Tyler Savage) is a well paced decent into madness and implied supernatural shenanigans. While the story is definitely filled with well worn fright flick tropes (the inheritance of a “haunted house”, dark family secrets, ghostly hallucinations…hell even that hoary ol’ chestnut the “Indian Burial Ground” gets a nod) Savage makes the whole affair seem fresh by presenting the material with a surprising level of gravitas. Adding to the whole affair are rock solid performances; the aforementioned Joliet is compelling and believable as an every man that slowly loses his sanity…big time…as he is plunged into something beyond his ability to cope with, and Sara Montez as Ryan’s fiance Isi is a sympathetic (if unwilling) participant in the craziness at hand. Special mention must also be given to the astoundingly beautiful cinematography of Drew Daniels; this is one of the best looking independent features I have seen in a damn sight!
On the flip side; if you are looking for a fast paced, Poltergeist-style story of pervasive evil flying in a family’s face for ninety minutes, this isn’t that picture…rather, Inheritance does more to creep you out with dialog, performance, and atmosphere than 100 full on paranormal romps.
Inheritance is fantastic debut from Writer/Director Tyler Savage filled with strong visuals, acting, and story telling, and shouldn’t be missed by those with a taste for more grounded takes on the possible supernatural.
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