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5.0 out of 5 stars THE INCUBUS (1982). priapic entity, 4 April 2011
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In the quiet town of Galen, a priapic entity with an insatiable drive to procreate is killing young women. Meanwhile Tim Galen (Duncan McIntosh) is experiencing violent nightmares. Who and what is the Incubus?

Though not graphic, John Hough's The incubus is full of perverse undercurrents, odd imagery and disturbing dialogue. One of the most interesting things the film does is turn the conventions of a whodunit and the subsequent need to generate suspects into layer after layer of all pervading sickness. The nominal hero, Dr Sam Cordell, John Cassavetes, is a very strange man indeed. Not only is it heavily implied that he harbours a quasi-sexual interest in his own daughter,Jenny (Erin Noble), but that he is drawn to a local journalist, Laura kincaid (Kerrie Keen), because she looks eerily like the girlfriend he may have killed. In truth none of the more adult characters are entirely what they seem to be. Not even the initially protective Agatha Galen (Helen Hughes) or kindly police officer, Hank Walden (John Ireland) escape the town's history.

The nature of the evil stalking Galen is implied rather than explicit. There are repeated images of doors being wrenched free of their hinges, as well as good use of the distorting effects of frosted and shattered glass.
Most of the real horror is conveyed through continual references to internal damage and inhuman amounts of bodily fluids. The creature is only really seen late in the fil.

The Incubus divides opinion, with some viewers insisting it is disjointed and boring. Personally, I think it's a good truly unhinged and ultimately very grim horror film that fits with the slasher cycle.
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2013 11:47:43 GMT
This has always been up there with my fave horrors. Just love this film!! Still waiting for my copy to come.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2013 13:12:06 GMT
Nelson Viper says:
Cheers JM,
The Incubus seems to get a lot of criticism, but I think it generates a similar sense of dread to the Prowler and Dead and Buried. Genuinely dark 80s horror.
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