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Writers:
Ray Russell (novel)
George Franklin (screenplay)
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Release Date:
27 August 1982 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Incubus. He is the Destroyer. See more »
Plot:
In a small town, Roy Seeley and his girlfriend Mandy Pullman are camping by the lake. Out of the blue... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Effective atmosphere and unflinching violence make up for an unevenly-paced finale in this mythological thriller See more (29 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

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 ... Tim Galen

Harvey Atkin ... Joe Prescott
Harry Ditson ... Lt. Drivas
Mitch Martin ... Mandy Pullman

Matt Birman ... Roy Seeley
Beverly Cooper ... Pru Keaton (as Beverley Cooper)
Brian Young ... Charlie Prescott
Barbara Franklin ... Mrs. Pullman
Wes Lee ... Mr. Pullman
Neil Dainard ... Ernie Barnes
Jennifer Leak ... Deena Ferrin
Denise Fergusson ... Carolyn Davies
Jack Van Evera ... Matt Davies

Helene Udy ... Sally Harper (as Helen Udy)
Lisa Bunting ... Anita Barnes
Michelle Davros ... Jane Barnes (as Michele Davros)
Jefferson Mappin ... Clem
James Bearden ... Lacey
Alan Bridle ... Interrogator

Jude Beny ... Witch
Jeremy Hole ... Torturer #1
Brian Montague ... Swimmer
Dirk McLean ... The Incubus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Aylmer ... Samson bass player (uncredited)

Bruce Dickinson ... Samson lead singer (uncredited)
Mary Pirie ... Marge (uncredited)
Paul Samson ... Samson guitarist (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hough 
 
Writing credits
Ray Russell (novel)

George Franklin (screenplay)

Produced by
Marc Boyman .... producer
John M. Eckert .... producer
Stephen J. Friedman .... executive producer (as Stephen Friedman)
 
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
 
Cinematography by
Albert J. Dunk (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Appleby 
 
Casting by
Deirdre Bowen (uncredited)
Clare Walker (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Edwin Watkins  (as Ted Watkins)
 
Art Direction by
Elinor Fairless Hawksley 
Susan Longmire 
 
Set Decoration by
Hilton Rosemarin 
 
Makeup Department
James Kielev .... hair stylist
Katherine Southern .... makeup supervisor
Maureen Sweeney .... creator: incubus
Maureen Sweeney .... special effects makeup
 
Production Management
Mary Kahn .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louise Casselman .... assistant director
David Hood .... first assistant director
Robert Wertheimer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Gord Casselman .... standby carpenter (as Gordon Casselman)
Dan Conley .... property master
Jaro Dick .... assistant set dresser
Tom Doherty .... assistant art director
Peter Grundy .... trainee art director
Willie Horst .... head painter
Robert James .... assistant set dresser
Joyce Liggett .... assistant set dresser
Jeff Meirovici .... trainee art director
Doug Shambrook .... assistant props
Paul Theodore .... head carpenter
 
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer
Brian French .... sound editor
David Lee .... sound recordist
Andy Malcolm .... foley artist
Tim Roberts .... sound editor (as Timothy Roberts)
Shelley Smith .... assistant sound editor
Steve Switzer .... boom operator
Don White .... sound re-recording mixer (as Donald White)
 
Special Effects by
Colin Chilvers .... special effects director
Martin Malivoire .... special effects
Bob Wiggens .... special effects assistant
Hans Metz .... special effects (uncredited)
Neil Trifunovich .... special effects on-set technician (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Dwayne McLean .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Bolton .... rigging gaffer
Horst Ehricht .... still photographer
Howard Galbraith .... gaffer
Ron Gillham .... rigging grip
Jonathan Hackett .... key grip
Roy Irvine .... dolly grip
Jim Krauter .... assistant grip
Brian Montague .... best boy
Harald Ortenburger .... camera operator
Neil Seale .... first assistant camera
Kerry Smart .... second assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Erla Lank .... wardrobe supervisor
Mary E. McLeod .... wardrobe coordinator (as Mary McLeod)
 
Editorial Department
Micheal Furoy .... assistant editor (as Michael Furoy)
John Schofield .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Geoffrey Foot .... music editor
Stanley Myers .... conductor
John Richards .... music recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
Stuart Hughes .... driver captain
Bill Jackson .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Anne Boyman .... special adviser
Simon Clery .... assistant locations
David Coatsworth .... location manager
Les Edwards .... designer: incubus
Jeremy Hole .... script consultant
Philippa King .... assistant: Mr. Eckert
Rosemary McCarty .... production accountant
Jean McDougall .... accounting assistant
Susan Murdoch .... production secretary
Heather Waese .... assistant: Mr. Boyman
Pat Whittingham .... unit publicist
Lisa Wilder .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Marion Gamble .... the producers wish to thank (as Mrs. Marion Gamble)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Incubus" - Canada (original title)
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Runtime:
93 min
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Trivia:
The production script consultant Jeremy Hole cameos in the film as one of the witch torturers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Riding the ThunderSee more »

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Effective atmosphere and unflinching violence make up for an unevenly-paced finale in this mythological thriller, 15 May 2015
Author: ultra_violent from New York City, New York, USA

John Cassavetes stars as a surgeon in a small New England town where a series of bizarre rapes-turned-murders are occurring left and right against the area's female residents. Thrown into the mix is his teenager daughter whose boyfriend claims to be witnessing the crimes as they are occurring within nightmares he experiences.

As far as I'm concerned, John Hough is one of horror's unsung heroes when it comes to mood and atmosphere— if "The Legend of Hell House" or the marginal Disney thriller "The Watcher in the Woods" aren't enough proof of that, "The Incubus" is. This dreary thriller is considerably more violent than Hough's other horror pictures, but has his signature stylistics that I absolutely love.

Like in most of all Hough's work, the cinematography is slick and thoughtful, making goosebumps-inducing use of POV shots. In the film, the camera follows the victims almost like a predator before launching its vicious assault, and each attack is just as effective as the next. There is also a substantial Gothic feel underpinning the events, and the photography accentuates the beauty and classic chilliness of a New England environment, even in spite of the Canadian shooting locales. The musty and discomforting atmosphere of the film is underlined by an unnerving score, another signature element of Hough's films. A somewhat withered Cassavetes is still on his game here, with John Ireland supporting as the miffed sheriff and Kerri Keane as a nosy local reporter.

The classic autumnal environment in which the film takes place is entirely disrupted by the film's explicit sexual violence, and it features some of the most disturbing and visceral assault scenes I've ever seen in a horror film (the library sequence near the beginning especially stands out). The script's medley of violence and female sexuality under attack is fascinating in its repulsive representation, and even more bizarre are the incestuous undertones and gender-bending revelation at the film's twisted conclusion. While the finale is irrefutably shocking (and the monster makeup surprisingly scary, even by today's standards), I can say that the narrative build-up could have been a tad better handled as it all does seem to come crashing down rather awkwardly; a bit more finesse in script and editing could have remedied this, but the film still works in spite of it.

Overall, I found "The Incubus" to be a formidable and disturbing film; Hough's handling of the rural New England locale is fantastic in atmosphere and tone, and effective, moody cinematography really establishes a menacing and inauspicious feel. The film's one major flaw is the hackneyed pacing in its last act, but I personally found this a forgivable sin amidst the movie's audacious presentation of sexual violence and generally grim demeanor. This is definitely one of the more aggressive horror films of its era in terms of thematics, but the quaint and Gothic feel hearkens back to a more classical and almost British sensibility. A fantastic thriller best suited for viewing on a chilly autumn night with all the lights off. 8/10.

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