Incubus, The (Horror) [Movie/Review]


Year: 1981
Genre: Horror
Source: Blu-Ray (Vinegar Syndrome)

A quiet New England town becomes the site of a grisly murder and assault, leaving a young man dead and his girlfriend in critical condition. Sam Cordell, head surgeon and medical examiner at the local hospital, senses something isn’t quite normal about the attacker, but barely a day later, another woman is savagely assaulted and killed. With the realization that a maniac is on the loose, Sam, with the help of police chief Hank Walden and newspaper columnist Laura Kincaid, must unravel the mystery before additional murders occur, all the while unaware that Sam’s own daughter, Jenny, might be next on the victim list…

The first 15 minutes I don’t know what the hell is going on, is it a slasher? Then some occult ritual comes in, a father looking at his daughter in the shower (WTF!), Friday the 13th rip-off soundtrack … then things start to make a bit more sense. But just a bit 😁

Directed by John Hough (American Gothic, Legend of Hell House) and filmed around the Ontario, Canada area, we get a supernatural horror movie with monster rape, good effects and a charmless doctor as lead character. We have several impressive shots, but one of the most impressive is the floor-level tracking shot where we see a dead body from underneath the bathroom door, the cinematographer rigged the camera to the undercarriage of the wheelchair used by actress Lisa Bunting. The camera rolled with the wheelchair across the floor with the actress’s legs placed in the foreground. There are also some unintended funny moments as when 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 😂

In the recital scene, the song “Vice Versa’ is performed by British band Samson, featuring future Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson.

Vinegar Syndrome, is one of these labels that should get Nobels Culture Price for how they rescue movies from vanishing into total obscurity. Months of hard work locating reels to put together the best version possible, and you can get a piece of that work for only about $25, incredible.

They again did an awesome job with this one, good picture quality (1.85:1 OAR) when you take the sources into account, and a nice bunch of extras.

  • Region A Blu-ray/DVD combo
  • Newly scanned & restored in 4k, mostly from its 35mm negative, with one reel sourced from a 35mm print
  • Interview with director John Hough.
  • Interview with lead actress Kerrie Keane.
  • Interview with cinematographer Albert J. Dunk
  • Trims and alternate shots
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • TV spots
  • Commentary track with The Hysteria Continues!
  • Reversible cover artwork
  • English SDH subtitles



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