“Thank you. I have work to do. And you have your work to do. I don’t like to be berated by Hank! Or anyone.” It seems that Hank’s at it again. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr – as they get down and dirty with The Incubus (1981).
Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 236 – The Incubus (1981)
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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 (novel by), George Franklin (screenplay)
- Cinematography by: Albert J. Dunk (director of photography)
- Selected Cast:
- John Cassavetes as Sam Cordell
- John Ireland as Hank Walden
- Kerrie Keane as Laura Kincaid
- Helen Hughes as Agatha Galen
- Erin Noble as Jenny Cordell (as Erin Flannery)
- Duncan McIntosh as Tim Galen
- Harvey Atkin as Joe Prescott
- Harry Ditson as Lt. Drivas
- Mitch Martin as Mandy Pullman
- Matt Birman as Roy Seeley
- Beverly Cooper as Pru Keaton (as Beverley Cooper)
- Brian Young as Charlie Prescott
- Barbara Franklin as Mrs. Pullman
- Wes Lee as Mr. Pullman
- Neil Dainard as Ernie Barnes
- Jennifer Leak as Deena Ferrin
- Denise Fergusson as Carolyn Davies
- Jack Van Evera as Matt Davies
- Helene Udy as Sally Harper (as Helen Udy)
- Lisa Bunting as Anita Barnes
- Michelle Davros as Jane Barnes (as Michele Davros)
- Jefferson Mappin as Clem
- James Bearden as Lacey
- Alan Bridle as Interrogator
- Jude Beny as Witch
- Jeremy Hole as Torturer #1
- Brian Montague as Swimmer
- Dirk McLean as The Incubus
For this episode, the Grue-Crew follows actor John Cassavetes to Wisconsin to battle the shapeshifting slasher in the Canadian gem, The Incubus. The film is directed by John Hough, the director behind the Hammer film Twins of Evil (1971), the horror classic The Legend of Hell House (1973), a pair of Disney “Witch Mountain” films, and the car chase cult favorite Dirty Mary Crazy Larry (1974). Part Supernatural, part slasher, part Satanism, part mystery, this adaptation of Ray Russell’s 1976 novel of the same name provides plenty for the Grue-Crew to sink their teeth into.
At the time of this writing, The Incubus is available to stream with ads from Tubi and Pluto TV, as well as from multiple PPV sources. The film is available on physical media as a Blu-ray from Vinegar Syndrome.
Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Jeff, will be Poison for the Fairies (1986), directed by Carlos Enrique Toboada and winner of four Silver Ariel Awards as well as the Golden Ariel for Best Picture and five other nominations.
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