The Incubus (1982)




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The serenity of small-town life is shattered by the incubus, a demon with a thirst for sex murders.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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John Cassavetes
as Dr. Sam Cordell
Helen Hughes
as Agatha Galen
Kerrie Keane
as Laura Kincaid
Erin Flannery
as Jenny Cordell
Dirk McLean
as Incubus
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Critic Reviews for The Incubus

All Critics (7)

[A] dreadful, mirthless film.

Full Review… | March 3, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

it forces you to constantly wonder whether it's so disturbing because it was meant to be ... or if it because of ineptitude on the filmmaker's part.

August 25, 2002
Q Network Film Desk

underscored, underedited, and underacted

August 20, 2002

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Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review Database

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July 24, 2006

Slow, inadequate horror flick, with a catatonic Cassavetes quite an unappealing, uninteresting hero.

August 7, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Incubus

Feminist's worst nightmare. A series of brutal murders and raped have occurred in a small town. A young man is convinced that he's somehow committing these horrendous acts but something supernatural seems to be behind these murders and the town's past might contain a clue to find out the truth. It was quite an effective horror film if you ignore the bad acting. Hough was a great director who knew how to use gore well as well as using techniques from Argento to make this supernatural slasher spine chilling.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

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Cassavetes had to finance his own films somehow. Call him a sellout if you will, but if acting in this film gave him the money/power/time to make "Love Streams" in 1984, I've got absolutely no complaints. That said, "The Incubus" is an ineptly scripted, poorly handled pastiche of horror/thriller clichés with some hilariously shameless expository dialogue. At least they had Schlitz at the bar and a cop named Clem. Best line: "I brought you a Coca~Cola."


Ridiculously over directed, but not without some really nice moments. Cinematography was unusually rich and creative. The story is total rubbish, and everyone outside of Cassavetes is as well.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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