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VIDEO STORE MAGAZINE - November 28 - December 4, 2004
Directed, co-produced and co-written by Seattle-based, newbie feature director Kris Kristensen, Inheritance is a post-modern supernatural horror story.

Young Abby Nielsen (Jen Taylor), an aspiring midwife, is a cretaker to elderly Lillian Baker (Marjorie Nelson).  Lillian dies and leaves her mansion to Abbey.  The catch is that Lillian also plans to take over Abbey's young body so she can live on an enjoy life again in her lavish mansion.  Since Abbey's family has a past history of schizophrenia, Abbey's complaints to her fiance and her best friend that she's being haunted and possessed by Lillian fall on less-than-believing ears.  Is Abbey losing her sanity or is there a housing shortage in hell?  The answer isn't revealed until the closing scene.

Inheritance features exceptional cinematography by Eric Adkins.  He displays a facility for caputring horror and unease in mundane daylight situations in contemporary Seattle locations.  Immediately following Inheritance, Adkins went on to become director of photography for the big-budgt actioner Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.   The production design by Jean Landry takes full advantage of the atmospheric art deco mansion left to Abbey.  The intelligent script was co-written with Kristensen's co-producer, Brian McDonald.   McDonald and Kristensen's mockumentary White Face about clown racism was a hit at the 2001 Slamdance Film Festival.   Quality performances by the well-cast actors help move this low-budget release beyond the expected limitations of the usual ghost story.  Viewers expecting a slasher-type tale will be disappointed, but those who enjoy more mystery and suspense more than gore will be rewarded.

SELLING POINTS: Fans of contemporary ghost tales-- Rosemary's Baby, The Sixth Sense and Mephisto Waltz -- will enjoy Inheritance.