The Incubus (1981)
Facts and Figures
Contactmusic.com: 2 / 5
The Incubus (1981) Review
Is the doctor's boyfriend -- who's experience sadistic nightmares -- the culprit? Or is it an otherworldly beast called the incubus?
Playing with vicious rape/murder fantasies and delving into necrophilia and incest, this is hardly Scream-class fun for the whole family. Then again, it might not be much fun for anyone; even horror aficionados will have a hard time wading through the underscored, underedited, and underacted scenes, despite the usually-engaging presence of Cassavetes. This movie really drags, a derivative medical thriller intercut with another derivate slasher movie.
Though only 93 minutes long, the movie creeps along ploddingly and feels like an eternal waste of time. A couple of camera angles are interesting (notably the mounted-under-the-wheelchair shot). And some of the gore sequences pack a punch (even if the slow motion is goofy and spoils the power), but if I want to make blood squirt all over the place I can recreate that effect easily enough with a squirt bottle.