Inheritance (2017) reviews and overview

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‘Family is family’

Inheritance is a 2017 American mystery horror feature film written and directed by Tyler Savage (Blinders). The Portola Pictures production stars Chase Joliet, Sara Montez and Dale Dickey.


Ryan Bowman (Chase Joliet) 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…


Watch the trailer below! It’s really darn good.

Then, go find something else to do like laundry, dishes, mow the lawn or have a root canal. All activities listed above would be infinitely more satisfying than watching an hour and thirty minutes of Inheritance.

The premise is intriguing: Ryan, a run of the mill construction worker, is called off a job site by an estate planner who alerts him about his birth father’s death. Apparently he just inherited his dad’s luxurious $2 million home overlooking the ocean in Herald Point. And then… as always… madness ensues.

Similar to The Shining, once on the property, it seems something overtakes the tedious life of the male lead and drives him into deliberate insanity. Unlike The Shining though, Inheritance is a monotonous lacklustre film. It doesn’t come close to a comparison of Kubrick’s masterpiece.

Ryan (Joliet) brings his pregnant fiancé, Isi (Sara Montez) to visit the gated house as they explore the property and decide whether to keep or sell the house, in order to plan for their future. Little details start to unfold. Painfully slowly. Nothing catastrophic occurs to a climactic point of reckoning that will satisfy the hopeful viewer. Well, maybe one small incident. But hardly earth-shattering for an intended mystery film.

A social call from Ryan’s extroverted sister and her husband is a bright moment! While the brooding and bland new house owner welcomes his family to dinner in the home, a sibling rivalry comes to fruition and words begin to pierce each other over the meal. It’s a highlight of an otherwise dismal feature. But alas, it is a short-lived moment and then it’s back to watching strange apparitions waking him up, hallucinations of the dead father in his surf gear just glimpsing at Ryan, and one quirky encounter with the bohemian next-door neighbour.

A cousin’s sudden appearance digging up dirt in the yard gave some promise to a bitter battle between fists, but once again…tragic disappoint develops as the unsettling and tiresome film continues to drag.

This is a psychological thriller without the thrill. Or the psychology. Or the suspense. So, it becomes a time suckage in the world of “No new tale to tell.”

Meredith Brown, MOVIES and MANIA

Other reviews:

“The finale of Inheritance is brutal and filled with dark suspense. This film deals with dark secrets hidden away and unearthed in a deft, mature, and confident hand by filmmaker Tyler Savage. Inheritance is a film for the patient and those who like drama with heavy doses of dread.” Ain’t It Cool News

“Shot on a beautiful estate overlooking the beach, (you can see why he’s reluctant to leave), this is also a low key film, set in the real world. There’s visions, but no phantoms or monsters which may be a turn off to some but for those who can appreciate this kind of film Inheritance will be very rewarding viewing.” Beneath the Underground

“The thing that makes Inheritance so damned compelling is how well Savage grounds his story, utilizing both an eye-opening historical perspective as well as a gritty realism that makes Ryan’s horrific journey all the more relatable. Both Joliet and Montez have great chemistry together, making them a couple you really want to root for throughout all the dark twists that Inheritance has in store for its characters.” Daily Dead

“Nightmarish visions of the past play out when Ryan rises from bed at night, and they’re the most telling of a frightening tale – Savage uses the dark essences of an even more gloomy past to highlight this modern-day ghost story, and although I still found a few of my questions went unanswered, overall the film was a fun watch.” Dread Central

“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…” Horror Society

“While Inheritance is a standard story, there is an experimentation to it that helps set it apart enough to merit a look. It is much more a thinking thriller than a horror, with barely any real frights, so fans of the genre may feel cheated, but that should not deter those looking for something a little darker to think about.” That Moment In

“This is a patient horror film that relishes in twisting your stomach into knots, and when you’ve had enough, disemboweling you physically and emotionally, with a ghastly smile on its bloody face; I can’t recommend it enough.” 13th Floor

Cast and characters:

Chase Joliet … Ryan Bowman – It Comes at Night
Sara Montez … Isi Rosales
Dale Dickey … Effy Monroe
Drew Powell … Del Morse
Jim Ortlieb … Glen Crawford
Krisha Fairchild … Bonnie
Tim Abell … Frank Morse
Nizhonniya Austin … Native Woman
Jim Bentley … Bartender
Jake Carpenter … Henry Morse
Alex Dobrenko … Dave
Murphy Dunne … Robert Morse
Olympia Garcia … Ollie
Paul Henri … Wallace Morse


Inheritance is available to rent or own on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video from June 15, 2018.

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