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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 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 dreams. The nightmares. The desires. The fears. The mystery. The revelation. The warning: He is the destroyer. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

David Cronenberg was originally considered to direct this film. 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

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Vice Versa
Written by Paul Samson, Thunderstick, Chris Aylmer and Bruce Dickinson (as Bruce Bruce)
Performed by Samson
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slasher with Gothic elements
16 February 2013 | by chrichtonsworldSee all my reviews

To say that The Incubus is underrated is quite the understatement.From start till finish (even with a somewhat flawed script) it keeps you interested.There is a very good build up in suspense and it is gory when needed.Not everything is what it seems and there are a few red herrings thrown it to keep the viewer guessing.Now there are some sexual themes touched perhaps to deepen the intrigue which do work to a degree but overall distract the viewer a little.It looked like they realised this in the latter part of the film where events have been opened up and defined more and sort of let go these sexual themes.Not that it becomes clearer.Because some oft the raised questions are left unanswered.Which surprisingly works in favour of the ending.The acting is pretty darn good and it is nice to see these fine actors take the main plot seriously.John Cassavettes brings in that extra sophistication and is able to be interesting because of the underlying sexual themes I was talking about earlier and a little sub plot that could be seen as an explanation to his behaviour.But also could be a red herring as well.For the build up of tension and suspense it is extremely effective but I can understand that it could lead to some disappointment for viewers who wanted to see his story explained.Maybe the minimalistic approach of the plot is not for everyone.And normally I don't like that either.But in this case I did.For ones who still aren't convinced I think it is best to view this as a slasher with Gothic elements.Definitely worth your time.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1982 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Guelph, Ontario, Canada See more »

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CAD5,100,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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