Slow burn is a phrase I don’t like to use. Not because it’s bad, it’s actually pretty accurate description most of the time, but it does seem overused a bit when discussing certain horror films. When I think back to my viewing of director Tyler Savage’s Inheritance, however, slow burn is the first thing that comes to mind. And I do mean a slooooooow burn.
One day while at work, Ryan (Chase Joliet) get a mysterious visit from a gentleman that tells him that his biological father has recently passed aware from a surfer accident. Ryan is taken back by this, in large part because he thought his father had died 25 years ago and he makes it very clear that he really doesn’t care. The man is there because he is in charge of his father’s will and he lets Ryan know that he just inherited a beach house right on the water.
Despite his reservations regarding his father, Ryan views this has a potentially great opportunity. He has a pregnant fiancée (Sara Montez) and an oceanfront property could be the perfect place to start and raise their family. They decide to move in and at first, things are great. The property is incredible. Ryan has essentially stumbled into a dream home. Things are never quite as good as they seem, however.
At first, it’s just weird encounters with the locals. That’s nothing too strange. It’s not that odd for people in a town to be apprehensive to strangers. One particularly creepy moment is an odd encounter with a man that claims to be his father’s cousin digging around in the backyard. His father having a cousin that swings by, sure, but he seems to know a lot more about Ryan and his fiancée than he should. And there is the house. There is something to it. Something…sinister.
Ryan begins have strangers visions and nightmares and this results him trying to learn more about his family’s history. Eventually, he unravels a dark family secret that he may not be able to escape.
Inheritance has a lot of good things going on. There are plenty of elements within the film to enjoy. The performance from Chase Joliet is quite good. This feels like an early, meaty performance from an actor that may soon be on the rise. And he and Sara Montez have great onscreen chemistry. Watching those two together is enjoyable. The film also offers up some really striking imagery, courtesy of the very talented Drew Daniels. This is especially true in the visions and dreams that Ryan has throughout the film.
With that being said, everything fails to come together for me. About halfway through the film, I found myself losing interest. I didn’t really care what Ryan discovered or what was going on with this house and his family’s past. I liked the characters just fine, but there was something lacking. Something that needed to tie everything together. I found myself feeling bored. And that’s never a good thing.
My guess is that there will be people out there that lot Inheritance a whole lot more than me and that’s awesome. There are things to like in the movie. Savages showcases some real skill and I think he’s a director to keep an eye on. But for me, this is one inheritance that I’ll happily transfer over to someone else.
Inheritance is available on VOD now.