The Incubus (1982)
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Critic Reviews for The Incubus
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.
underscored, underedited, and underacted
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Slow, inadequate horror flick, with a catatonic Cassavetes quite an unappealing, uninteresting hero.
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.
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.
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