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The Incubus (Katarina's Nightmare Theater) (1982)

3.3 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

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From the director of the cult classic THE LEGEND OF HELL HOUSE, and acclaimed actor/director John Cassavetes, comes a new kind of terror! The summer peacefulness of the New England community of Galen is suddenly shattered by a series of murders. Dr. Sam Cordell (John CassavetesY), a newly arrived surgeon and pathologist, tries to help veteran police chief Hank Walden (John Ireland) investigate the baffling crimes. Jenny, Dr. Cordell's daughter, tells her father about the terrible recurring nightmares suffered by her boyfriend, Tim, which seem to coincide with the slayings.

Product Details

  • Actors: John Cassavetes, John Ireland, Kerrie Keane, Helen Hughes, Erin Noble
  • Directors: John Hough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Scorpion
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00A50PDS4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,403 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Scorpion Releasing continues their Katarina's Nightmare Theater line with this (unfortunately bare bones) release, in the form of a forgotten supernatural thriller called The Incubus (not the Shatner flick).

As previously stated, the plot is rediculously simple (not to mention just plain rediculous). A rapist/murderer whom may or may not be of supernatural descent is running around raping and murdering women. None of this is shown on-screen of course otherwise we all would have heard of this bizarre lil' film. In fact, don't expect anything in the way of action or gore. The focus of this film is the hunt for the killer so there is dialogue-a-plenty. Mix in some corny occult references and the occasional flashback of some kind of ritualistic sacrifice, and you have yourself a daisy of a confusing film here. Katarina herself does her usual silly open and closing segments, but that is the only extras you will find here.

But really, does any of that matter? If you have been following Scorpion Releasing's genre offerings from the last year or so, you are well aware that their current focus is to dig up the most grimy, sleazy lost films they can. In that respect, they are doing just fine and I've been happy to see these crazy films which, while non of them winners or classics in their own right, are perfect for making your girlfriend question your taste in films.

The Incubus is another great late-night film and the ending was pretty clever, if not a bit abrupt. If you are a hardcore horror film aficionado and feel you have it all, this is a great title that will undoubtedly stand out in your collection. Just be forewarned, this is not really a horror film, no more than American Nightmare was. Thriller seems to fit the overall subject matter here.

I'm looking forward to their next release, Human Experiments. Keep it up Scorpion Releasing!
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I just finished watching this movie on DVD and I simply don't understand why it has such so-so reviews. Cassavetes gives a fine performance(as usual), it's violent and gory, and the ending is nice and twisted. I miss horror films like this and wish more were made. Too many folks now have been spoonfed junk by the likes of Wes Craven and company for over the past 15 years, which has unfortunately caused some movie goers to expect flash, dumb characters, stupid stories and highly marketable villians. Of course I'm not saying that this film is high art or anything but it is highly creepy, has some nice camera work, good performances, and doesn't treat the audience like they were a four year old. If you haven't seen it then give it a look. You might like it.
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Totally awesome movie! I guess many people just can't appreciate the drama of it. It's wonderfully complex and very well acted, the cinematography and scene construction is top class for a B movie, the conclusion is unguessable right down to the finish. Very well done and worth 5 stars!

UPDATE: You know I must also add that many viewers will probably be turned off by the powerlessness of the female rape victims. In the movie they are just totally scared victims who can't, and don't, fight back in any way. In that sense this movie is out of step with more modern sensibilities that wish to see women as capable of defending themselves totally, or at least to a high degree. So in that manner the movie seems sort of "1950's-ish". I didn't 100% like that aspect myself, but it doesn't have to interfere with the production qualities of the movie.
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Women are being raped and murdered in the small town of Galen and Dr. Sam Cordell (John Cassavetes) is feverishly working to find out who is responsible. Director John Hough (The Legend Of Hell House, Twins Of Evil (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack)) is able to generate some decent suspense in the attack scenes and the haunted small town atmosphere definitely works in the film's favor. The score by Stanley Myers is also quite good, helping to build the anticipation and the dread. Speaking of music, Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden makes an appearance along with his old band Samson. Cassavetes is a bit unlikable as Dr. Cordell, coming across very gruff and at times, borderline hostile. That's not a deal breaker for me but some may be put off by the performance. Kerrie Keane as Laura Kincaid is a bit stiff. Her delivery of the line, "I don't like to be berated by Hank!" stands out as a particularly bad line delivery. One can sympathize, dear Laura, nobody likes to be berated by HANK! On a side note, the film also features Harvey Atkin, who some may remember as Morty in Meatballs. Thankfully his character is played straight. Erin Noble as Dr. Cordell's daughter Jenny is a bit flat too, but to be fair, she isn't given much to do in the film. Despite the false notes, I still liked this movie. It's not perfect but it does generate a few chills.
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Incubus is a dark, freakish toned movie. I love weird themes because they are not mediocre like many main stream movies and many main stream people as well.i also had an Oldsmobile like Sam did. John Hough keeps an elusive plot throughout the movie. I thought Agatha was hot too as the seductive, sexually repressed, witch killer.... But then again I breed scorpions so who am I to judge! Corey
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