Jul 27


incubusGenre: Horror
Year: 1982
Country: USA

Director: John Hough
Starring: John Cassavetes, John Ireland, Kerrie Keane, Helen Hughes, Erin Noble


The incubus. He is the Destroyer.


Several strange incidents of young women being brutally raped are taking place in the normally quiet small town of Galen. Dr. Samuel Cordell takes a special interest in the violent and bizarre cases when he examines one of the victims, only to find that her entire inside has been ripped apart without any trace of sperm inside her.

Strangely enough, the next case is the opposite with the poor girl being filled with red spermlike liquid. Together with a local reporter he sets out to find out what has really been going on and will in the end find himself standing opposite an evil entity called The Incubus.

Incubus might just hold the record of being the movie (except adult films) that the word “sperm” is used the most in. It’s not that it’s being spoken every minute of the film but it’s not something you hear so often in a film, especially a film that tries not to be very exploitive or adult.

Most of the times it is splurged out by the main actor John Cassavetes who portrays Dr. Cordell. I’ve read that several people hate the performances in this film and especially the one given by Cassavetes, but I quite like him in this. He doesn’t have a lot to work with, neither does his co-stars as none of the characters are given much development, but I found him to be enjoyable to watch as there was something sinister and creepy that he brought to his character.

The story isn’t that interesting, but it is told very well. Director John Hough has plenty of experience within the horror genre and is also responsible for films such as Twins of Evil, The Legend of Hell House and Howling 4 (well, lets forget that one). Hough keeps the pacing running good and even if the story is flawed it never becomes a boring experience.

Incubus is not exactly a must-see movie and I doubt that there’s a big following for the film out there today, but it is entertaining and John Cassavetes makes it worth giving a chance. It’s a bit trashy, but what’s wrong with that.




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