I typically don’t start off my reviews this way, but in this particular case I feel very passionate about what I’m about to say. Hire Drew Daniels as your cinematographer. Do it now. He made Tyler Savage’s Inheritance look like a million bucks and I’m shocked that this movie wasn’t the recipient of a hundred “Best Cinematography” awards.Whether it was a team effort or a stand-alone journey by Mr. Daniels, the creative team behind Inheritance was right on the mark by bringing him on board. His work here, based only on the trailer, was the main reason I asked for a digital screener of this movie. Sometimes it’s the independent film workers who are the most talented because they have the luxury of being more creative, but I think Drew is going to be swamped with offers after this movie hits the masses. Just excellent, excellent work.
Inheritance is Tyler Savage’s feature length movie debut, and I have to say he’s got a truck-load of talent, too. Outside of the knack for putting together an extremely talented cast and crew, he also has the master-mind to creature a good story; one that isn’t riddled with stereotypes and typical plot progressions. That’s something we desperately need in this industry. In a world where everything’s been done before, it was nice to see Inheritance forge its own path and become a different breed of movie than I expected it to be. Inheritance follows a young man and his pregnant wife as they move into a beautiful home that was left to them after the death of a family member. Once they move inside, it becomes apparent that the house has a very dark history and that negativity is still clinging to the land.
Inheritance is the perfect mix of horror and drama. It never goes too far into either territory. It’s actually the perfect date movie if you’re trying to form a compromise because it’ll be a fitting choice for you or the one you’re with. The horror comes in the form of mystery, suspense, psychological-breaks, ghostly hallucinations and a little bit of gore. The drama comes through as the family unit deteriorates, discovers dark origins and fights against the rising darkness. The creepiness is subtle and the drama is just enough to pull at your heartstrings. You really do feel bad for the guy and his wife because when he gets crazy – he gets crazy. Being that Inheritance was a movie about proposed cursed land and what happened on it, especially in relation to the plight of Native Americans, I’m glad that the decision was made to keep this slower and more character based than undead natives attacking a married couple at night over a decades old dispute.
Coupled with the expert cinematography and story-telling is the excellent scores from Mini Mansions, which served their purpose remarkably. The original music and scoring was spot on and helped to pull out the emotions in each scene that furthered the attempt to make Inheritance a piece of cinema over a run-of-the-mill movie. Thoughtful, troubling and mysterious all at the right time. There wasn’t any department working on Inheritance that wasn’t on point, actually. The locations were breath-taking, the editing by Shane Hazen was flawless. The special effects, when rarely used, were realistic. And let me not forget to mention the fantastic cast comprised of Chase Joliet (Krisha), Sara Montez, Vincent Van Horn, Tim Abell (Supershark), Kate Norby (“Big Love”), Dale Dickey (“True Blood”), Drew Powell (“Gotham”), Jim Ortlieb (Flatliners), Krisha Fairchild, Ashley Spillers and Alex Dobrenko.
I can’t think of any complaint to hit this one with other than maybe it wasn’t horror enough for a horror site? If I struggle to find a criticism, then you know that Inheritance is worth your time. It brought mystery and suspense back to the world of drama without being overbearing. Executed, produced and performed with an A+ cast and crew, this movie is making the rounds at film festivals and should be available to you soon. Keep a look out for it! Well done, Tyler Savage. Final Score: 8 out of 10.