The Incubus (1982)

The Incubus




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A series of brutal rapes and murders have begun occurring in a small town. Teenager, Tim (Duncan McIntosh), has had horrible dreams and fears he is the murderer, especially since many of his friends have been victims. The town doctor, Sam Cordell (John Cassavetes), and the sheriff, Hank (John Ireland), discover the community has a dark past involving Satanism. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
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as Dr. Sam Cordell

as Laura Kincaid

as Agatha Galen

as Jenny Cordell
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Critic Reviews for The Incubus

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

[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

Full Review… | August 20, 2002

July 24, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Incubus


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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

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."


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