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The Incubus (1981)

Incubus (original title)
A small town's doctor takes matters into his own hands after a series of gruesome and bizarre rape crimes perplex the clueless authorities.

Director:

John Hough

Writers:

Ray Russell (from the novel by), George Franklin (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cassavetes ... Sam Cordell
John Ireland ... Hank Walden
Kerrie Keane ... Laura Kincaid
Helen Hughes ... Agatha Galen
Erin Noble ... Jenny Cordell (as Erin Flannery)
Duncan McIntosh Duncan McIntosh ... Tim Galen
Harvey Atkin ... Joe Prescott
Harry Ditson ... Lt. Drivas
Mitch Martin Mitch Martin ... Mandy Pullman
Matt Birman ... Roy Seeley
Beverly Cooper Beverly Cooper ... Pru Keaton (as Beverley Cooper)
Brian Young Brian Young ... Charlie Prescott
Barbara Franklin Barbara Franklin ... Mrs. Pullman
Wes Lee Wes Lee ... Mr. Pullman
Neil Dainard Neil Dainard ... Ernie Barnes
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Storyline

In a small town, Roy Seeley and his girlfriend Mandy Pullman are camping by the lake. Out of the blue, they are attacked and Roy is murdered while Mandy is violently raped. Dr. Sam Cordell is impressed with the violence and realizes that Mandy has had the uterus ruptured. Then the librarian Carolyn Davies is also violently raped and murdered. Lieutenant Drivas believes that the women have been raped by a gang while Sam and Sheriff Hank Walden believe that only one man did. The snoopy reporter Laura Kincaid is always interfering with the investigation and Sam has a love affair with her. Meanwhile the young Tim Galen, who dates Sam's daughter Jenny Cordell, discloses that he has premonitory visions of the deaths, but his grandmother Agatha Galen tries to convince him that he has nothing to do with the murders. But when Jenny learns about his dreams, she summons her father, Laura and they discover a supernatural secret about the Galen's family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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The ultimate power of evil See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incubus See more »

Filming Locations:

Guelph, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD5,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Shot without storyboards. See more »

Goofs

The man attacked in the barn accidently shoots his foot off, leaving a bloody stump. In the next scene where he is thrown through the window, he is wearing both boots. See more »

Quotes

Laura Kincaid: Thirty years ago, in Galen, the same types of murders occurred.
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Connections

References 13 Ghosts (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Surface to Air
Music by Cameron Hawkins, Martin Deller & Ben Mink
Lyrics by Cameron Hawkins
Performed by FM
from the FM album "City of Fear", courtesy of Passport Records, Inc.
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Better than you might think
24 December 2001 | by cheeseweinerSee all my reviews

I picked up this one solely on the basis of its having John Cassavetes in it. Yes, it is low-budget, but despite that -- or maybe because of it -- the film is surprisingly effective. It's creepy. There's some gore but the slicing & dicing is almost all off-camera. With the exception of one scene about mid-movie, we don't see any of it. That works to make the movie more eerie -- we aren't distracted by the gross-out effect.

Cassavetes shows his talent -- he can make the worst dialogue sound believable. Unfortunately, the side effect of this is to make his coworkers sound even worse than they might have. Because a lot of the dialogue in this movie does stink out loud. On the other hand, there were a number of interesting scenes where you expected someone to break out in positively bad, cliched dialogue and instead -- nothing was said.

Others have commented on the creepiness of the doctor's quasi-incestuous relation with his daughter. It's all true. In fact, it was so blatant I was shocked that it would even get onto the screen. That kind of behavior is something that almost never gets shown.

Summary: good if you want to see a creepy movie with a great actor and lots of strange things going on. Not great art but worth a look.


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