I'm a fan of MST3K, and have seen a lot of those. This is the first Cinematic Titanic I've seen, and I was pleasantly surprised at how funny and clever it was. If you're an MST3K fan, I'd undoubtedly recommend this. (I next watched the Cinematic Titanic episodes The Oozing Skull and The Wasp Woman, and they didn't reach the level of this one.) Enjoy!
I've been a fan of MST3K since it debuted so I'm biased towards this type of entertainment. It was through Amazon that I found out about the Cinematic TITANIC (CT) series and I'm grateful for it. After watching every Prime-available MST3K a number of times I was looking for something new.
Legacy of Blood is a really bad movie based on a simple formula. The family patriarch dies, the will is read and his servants and surviving children (heirs) spend some time in his home. Along the way cast members die. The CT crew then go about riffing as they do so well. Aside from the stereotypical roles (a servant named, Igor. "Body by Charles Atlas. Head by Mel Brooks.") and poor acting there are some REALLY strange set pieces and scenes which lend themselves to necessary ridicule. "Salvador Dali called. He said he doesn't get it."
If you enjoy MST3K-style humor then I recommend you give this movie a go. There is a bit of gore involving piranha and...
Having watched all of the MST3Ks that were free on Prime I was happy to see a few Cinematic Titanic selections become available. Legacy of Blood is the first I've watched so I don't know the setup (why their silhouettes are setup as they are in this vs. MST3K, Cinematic Titanic seems to take up more screen space) but the jokes are there and that's what is most important.
As to this specific movie--Legacy Of Blood--wow what a strange one! The 70's were a crazy time when even good movies were odd making bad movies off the charts, but at least this means there was plenty of material for the crew to riff off. I'd give this one 4/5. It's better than some of the drier fare MST3K chewed through like Red Zone Cuba or The Starfighters, but miles short of Final Sacrifice or Manos the Hands of Fate. It had a bit of "gore" that probably wouldn't have been allowed on the series though it is still extremely tame by modern standards.
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