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The Incubus (1982)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Cassavetes ... Sam Cordell
John Ireland ... Hank Walden
Kerrie Keane ... Laura Kincaid
Helen Hughes ... Agatha Galen
Erin Noble 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:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incubus See more »

Filming Locations:

Guelph, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,100,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The films German title is Mörderische Träume, meaning "Murderous Dreams." 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 »

Connections

References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Surface to Air
Music by Cameron Hawkins, Martin Deller & Ben Mink
Lyrics by Cameron Hawkins
Performed by FM
from the FM album "City of Fear", courtesy of Passport Records, Inc.
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moody disturbing horror, very underrated!
8 May 2007 | by Nightman85See all my reviews

Shocking, well-made chiller is an undervalued tale of atrocious murder and evil forces.

Small town doctor tries to discover who, or what, is committing a series of violent sexual murders.

Incubus is a tight mystery, with some horrific murder sequences, that builds to an off-beat and eerie climatic twist. The murder scenes are intense and gory, so this isn't a film for the squeamish! The direction of John Hough, along with a bizarre music score, combine to create a dark atmosphere of dread that runs through out the film. It also carries a kind of Gothic vibe as well. Nice filming locations and some stylish camera work also highlight.

The cast isn't bad either. The great John Cassavetes does a solid performance as the new doctor in town. Also good are the performances of Kerrie Keane as the local reporter, Helen Hughes as the town historian, and Duncan McIntosh as a tormented psychic teen.

All around Incubus is a forgotten horror film that needs to be re-discovered and re-evaluated.

*** out of ****


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