Movie Review: INHERITANCE (2018)

INHERITANCE was written and directed by Tyler Savage who makes his feature film debut alongside executive producer Nicholas Gonda, cinematographer Drew Daniels and producers J.P. Castel, Dash Hawkins, and Chase Joliet, who also leads the cast. Joliet is joined onscreen by Sara Montez, Tim Abell, Kate Norby, Dale Dickey, Krisha Fairchild and Drew Powell.  The film was shot on location along the California coast and LA-based indie pop band Mini Mansions provided the score.

Ryan Bowman has just inherited a $2.5 million beach house on the central California coast from his biological father, a man he’s never known and thought long dead. Arriving in the charming town with his pregnant fiancée, Ryan’s curiosity about his father soon leads him into an introspective investigation. As a looming family presence tightens its grip on him, Ryan pushes away his adoptive family and expectant fiancé. When he finally discovers the horrifying truth about his birth parents, he might be too late to stop himself from repeating a similar pattern…

Ryan (Chase Joliet) and his fiancé Isi (Sara Montez) go to check out this extremely nice beach house that he’s just inherited to see what they need to do with it – sell it or keep it? Ryan’s world slowly spins out of control with the help of some eerie apparitions and unsettling visions that connect him to his family’s terrifying violent history. Ryan’s mood also changes as he investigates deeper into this mysterious new property that he now owns and this ends up causing friction with Isi. In the end, what Ryan realizes is that this supernatural mystery has consumed him and lured him into a dark place that he has to try and escape from before he loses his sanity and his fiancé.

Bottom line is, Inheritance ended up being a dark character study about this young man who nearly loses it all when his family’s violent past catches up with him. The question is, is there really a supernatural presence inside this home or has something been passed down to him that is slowly driving him mad. It’s all about interpretation so it’s up to the viewer. I liked the story and thought Tyler Savage did a really good job considering this was his directing debut. The movie did have a few flaws with the biggest one being that it’s an extreme slow burn but there’s also a lot to like about it. The strong performances by Chase Joliet and Sara Montez and I couldn’t help but cheer on their characters hoping things would work out for them in the end. There’s also a couple of great cameos by Dale Dickey and Drew Powell that cinephiles will definitely appreciate. Drew Powell gives an uncomfortable performance with his portrayal as the strange cousin who keeps showing up and digging holes in the backyard. Even though it’s a slow burn, the movie is still an entertaining psycho-thriller that builds suspense until it all plays out. Inheritance is now available on Digital HD to rent or own on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video.

Distributor: Portola Pictures

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

 

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