POLTERGEIST fans beware: this made-for-cable film (linked to a series) has only the thinnest possible link--a child who hears otherworldly voices--to that series of chillers. Everyone else should equally beware of this ludicrously overplotted entry in the OMEN/EXORCIST/ROSEMARY'S BABY
school of religioso-horror.
Archaeologist Derek Rayne (Derek de Lint) is a member of The Legacy, an ancient organization dedicated to protecting mankind from the forces of supernatural evil. He continues his father's lifework to find five boxes in which Druids entombed fallen angels cast out of heaven. The boxes and their
keys can be used to unleash evil into the world; it is Derek's goal to prevent this from ever happening. He has collected four of the boxes. A premonition shows him that the last one has been unearthed in Ireland, where he goes with his associates Julia (Jordan Bayne) and Nick (Martin Cummins).
In Ireland, the box is found by Rachel Corrigan (Helen Shaver) and her daughter Katherine (Alexandra Purvis). The demon in the box lures them by using the voice of Rachel's dead son. When the stuck lock is opened by shopkeeper Seamus Bloom (William Sadler), the demon possesses his body. After
murdering Julia, the demon assumes the form of Rachel's dead husband and impregnates her. Derek and Nick destroy the demon and take Rachel and Katherine to their island center to recuperate. Translated inscriptions on the box alert them that Rachel's baby, which will gestate in a matter of hours,
will be a demon whose sole purpose is to reunite the five boxes. With the aid of other Legacy members Alex (Robbi Chong) and Philip (Patrick Fitzgerald), a priest who is uncertain of his calling, they search ancient texts for clues to battle the demon. After it is born, the demon assumes the shape
of dead loved ones to trick the Legacy members out of their keys. Just as it is about to open the boxes, Nick discovers the demon's name, Azazel, thus giving Derek the power to destroy it and reseal the boxes.
In its hurried pacing and frantic efforts to cram an invented mythos into the space of a short feature film, POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY resembles a Japanese anime series (where rape by a demon is also a regular element). But while anime are animated and evince an outrageous tongue-in-cheek humor,
this film attempts to portray the same kind of story with the relatively realistic tone used in the OMEN and EXORCIST films.
POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY might have worked had it gone for a Lovecraftian tone of slow, incomplete revelation. Instead, it gives us little time to learn anything about the characters, much less empathize with them or understand what it is they are up to. And even the most confused viewers will
throw up their hands at the hopeless stupidity of the finale, in which the demon easily tricks a handful of people who are expecting his arrival. (Violence, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations, profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: POLTERGEIST fans beware: this made-for-cable film (linked to a series) has only the thinnest possible link--a child who hears otherworldly voices--to that series of chillers. Everyone else should equally beware of this ludicrously overplotted entry in the… (more)