When I was a kid, I had a daydream that one day someone would show up with a letter declaring that I was the long lost relative of an insanely rich person who lived overseas. It would be the start of a great adventure that would end in me swimming through gold a la Scrooge McDuck.
Lucky for me, that did not happen. Horror movies prove that being called off to foreign lands to claim your rightful inheritance can be deadly.
In the Legacy, Maggie Walsh (Katharine Ross) is an architect hired to work on a castle/mansion in the countryside. When she arrives with boyfriend Pete (Sam Elliot) in tow, she discovers there is no job—just a weekend gathering of some of the wealthiest people in the world. Her would-be boss is on the brink of death.Those gathered are waiting to see which one of them will inherit his vast fortune.
When the assembled start to die off under strange circumstances, one has to wonder if there is a killer among them or if a supernatural hand is pulling the strings.
This is a fun movie. All of the prospective heirs have committed evil acts in the past. What’s (another) murder or two if it means coming into the ultimate fortune? Maggie and Pete are the only innocent guests in the batch but innocence is no protection against fate.
Pete is a very interesting character. He wants to take care of and protect Maggie; the “we need to get out of here” instinct kicks in pretty quickly. Yet, he can’t make a great escape happen. He’s worried but manly. Circumstances that would scare others don’t bother Maggie too much.
The staff of the castle isn’t put off by the deaths at all. They’ve seen the process so many times before…
1) Be careful when you make a deal. The devil is in the details.
2) When you inherit something, you get the history/horror/baggage that comes along with it.
The Death Bed is about a demon possessed bed that kills people in dramatic, long drawn-out fashion. This is such a bad movie. I watched in disbelief. When you think the movie has hit rock bottom, lo and behold, there is another layer of schlock.
I imagine that it was a fun concept on paper that the filmmaker didn’t have the coins to pull off. And the story is just…
There are so many other angles the writer could have explored. For example: Laying all night in a nest of evil, what would that do to a person’s mind? But no, our bed has to physically demolish people with bad effects.
If you are looking for a so bad it’s good experience, this isn’t it. In the words of Queen Bey, don’t hurt yourself. You need a nap? Watch this snippet.
Tip: Set your alarm before watching.
Like I said in Part 1, I listen to a lot of podcasts during the week. As you may have gleaned from the title, this batch is mostly about movies.
Why I Listen: Two black women talking about various aspects of the horror genre, what’s not to love? Movie reviews get 2 ratings – 1 for the overall movie; 1 for character diversity.
Fav Episodes: Any of Them
The Scream Squad is a bi-weekly horror podcast hosted by Jamie Righetti and Chico Leo which digs into the deeper issues at play in our favorite scary movies.
Why I Listen: Because I sometimes wonder how gentrification impacts the plot of a haunted house movie.
Len Webb and Vince Williams are on The Micheaux Mission – to watch and review every Black feature film ever released.Frequently include guests.
Why I Listen: Because I like black movies. (Be warned – one of these fellas does not acknowledge the glory of The Last Dragon.)
Fav Episodes: Definition of A Black Film | Love Jones | Eve’s Bayou
Cinemosity – Sharon, Kamille and Martin bring you a potent blend of celebrity gossip and rumor and reviews of b-movies, bad movies, and genre film. Your weekly dose of Starlets, Slashers and Cyborgs!
Why I Listen: To keep up with movie news and lively discussion of (mostly bad) movies.
Fav Episodes: The Fog (horrible remake)
More podcasts to come…
Update – Even though it’s not a podcast, one of my favorite weekly sources for horror/sci fi entertainment news is Collider Nightmares:
What happens: Young adults Kaylie and Tim return home (to the scene of violent, childhood trauma) to prove that an antique mirror was the root of the evil–and destroy it. The mirror has other ideas.
Should You Watch: if you are okay with slow building suspense and psychological horror without lot’s o blood and gore – see it in the theater. If your preference runs to high body count and gore, you might want to wait for Netflix or tv.
Oculus is like a fun, haunted house ride. At a certain point, I had a strong suspicion how it was going to end but it was such an enjoyable movie that I didn’t care. Not to say that it was predictable–there were lots of surprises–but at least one thing was inevitable. (For a non-spoiler example, if you were watching a movie where someone ate a banana and left the peel on the floor, you know eventually someone is going to slip on it.)
This movie is kind of quiet at the beginning-with the mirror giving little hints that it’s not going to go quietly. While they are dealing with the mirror in the present, Kaylie and Tim are also grappling with the past. (Tim has “forgotten” and Kaylie is trying to get him to remember.) Alternating timelines become overlapping timelines. It builds suspense and underscores the idea that, even though 11 years have passed, Kaylie and Tim are not too far removed from the terrified pre-teens who watched their family self-destruct.
More notes from Oculus:
*Do not make large purchase–especially antique mirrors–without consulting your spouse.
*Mirrors know you better than you know yourself.
*Living is winning.
*These 2 need to get together:
Theme party suggestions:
See No Evil: Oculus
Hear No Evil: Lords Of Salem
Speak No Evil: Dead Silent
This movie is horrible and wonderful at the same time. Take a man-eating alien, heavy metal enthusiast, swingers, an elvira wannabe, and the best title song ever throw them in a blender and you get:
It’s not on dvd but you can watch the entire movie for free on Fearnet:TerrorVision.