Such is the case with the debut from writer/director Robert OHara, which could be called a slavery slasher. Thats new.
Taking the classic Agatha Christie setup of everyone invited to quite a spread arriving at the same time, The Inheritance gathers five African-American relatives and their respective partners for a family reunion in the snow. Complains one: They couldn't do this shit in Puerto Rico?
Theres also a token clueless white couple nice to see for a change, and, yes, theyre the first to go, perhaps atoning for decades of racial inequality in horror cinema clueless and unrelated, who wonders the same thing: What kind of black family holds a reunion in the middle of winter? Are they going to barbecue?
Among the young men and women assembled are a chef, a writer, a fighter, a programmer and a doctor roles filled by the likes of D.B. Woodside (TVs 24) and the striking Rochelle Aytes (Trick r Treat). The next morning after arrival, their elders show up, led by Uncle Melvin (the great Keith David), who spins a story about their ancestor Chakabazz, the hanged slave who rose from the dead.
But young people these days they dont listen. They dont respect things like bloodlines and traditions. And for that greed, gluttony, selfishness and all that reefer-smoking, they must pay.
And so does the audience. Its ironic that the opening half is so promising, because its arguably the pictures most conventional. The second falters, bogging down in supernatural mumbo-jumbo which even the bloody thrills cant resuscitate. OHaras film remains visually slick, even when its unimaginative.
I didnt hate it, but it wastes a good cast and a better opportunity. And about that cast: Don't assume the film is exclusionary because they dont look like you. Rod Lott