Demon Legacy review (DVD)

When her boyfriend Randy (Alan) cheats on her, Michelle (Demara) decides to head with her friends to a remote cabin that has been in her family for generations. Hoping to take her mind off the heartbreak, the girls are keen on a weekend of alcohol-fuelled fun. But after finding a ouija board in the basement, the fun turns deadly serious and Michelle must fight to survive.

It is difficult to outright condemn a film that clearly has its target audience in mind. Unfortunately for Demon Legacy (aka See How They Run), its target audience is far too young to be watching it. While barely-clothed, beautiful women are by no means absent from horror movies, there are few that so desperately rely on them to maintain interest as this one does. If Demon Legacy was used for a drinking game, with a sip being taken for every shot of cleavage or pert bottom, no-one would be conscious by the halfway mark.

Director Vossler clearly enjoyed Evil Dead and wanted his film to pay homage to it. However, while Vossler has included deadite-like monsters and questionable character decisions, he's completely missed the humour, horror and everything else that made that classic work. The female characters are written with a male audience very much in mind and there's nothing approaching a likeable trait in any of them. The lashing of nudity and near-obligatory lipstick lesbianism is gaudy and tasteless - even by the genre's own standards. The sexism aside, the film also suffers badly from stiff dialogue, terrible pacing and the baffling inclusion of a ninja/mystic in the second half who appearance makes a mockery of the mere concept of foreshadowing.

Yes, some money has been put behind the film and it looks slicker than other, similar offerings, but the appalling weakness of everything else means the money spent was wasted. Sex sells, gore sells and the two combined should have meant a sure-fire hit. Instead, Demon Legacy is a work as empty and soulless as the zombie-demon-things in it.


Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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