The Incubus (1981) (BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: John Hough
STARRING: John Cassavetes, John Ireland, Kerrie Keane
RATED: UR/REGION A/1:85/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 2
AVAILABLE FROM 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…
Do mood and atmosphere make a movie? It certainly doesn’t hurt anything when it comes to The Incubus. This is a creepy one that gives off an uneasy feeling nearly from the jump and then proceeds to use whatever it can to drive home that uneasy stuff until the ending. You don’t get many movies like The Incubus these days and that just goes to make this one be even more appreciated today. This new Blu-ray release is a great way to fully get your education on this cult movie if you’ve never seen it before. While I can say without question that the cover on this one is super cool, this is a rare case of the movie living up to the cover and elements this one pack all come together for a movie that is about perfect for watching late at night if you get the chance.
You get some blood, you get some mood, and it all comes together with a unique plot to boot. Yeah, the story could get a little foggy at times and I’m sure some will be a bit disturbed by what they see here, but I really did enjoy it and I think a lot of people who dig movies that are a bit different will be able to enjoy what they get with a movie like this as well. Things get pretty crazy, but it wouldn’t be worth even talking about if they didn’t. So, yes, I think you should give this one a watch. It also packs some cool extras and a nice transfer as well, soo, all in all, we have a good one on our hands.
– 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
This special limited edition double-sided embossed slipcover (designed by Earl Kessler Jr.) is limited to just 1,500 units and is only available here at VinegarSyndrome.com!
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 93%