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Incubus (2006 Film)

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Incubus

Incubus Theatrical teaser poster
Directed by Anya Camilleri
Produced by Sherman Jay Sall,
Donald Kushner,
Adam Shapiro
Written by Gary Humphreys
Starring Tara Reid,
Akemnji Ndifernyan,
Alice O'Connell
Music by Simon Boswell
Cinematography John Lynch
Editing by Andy McGraw,
John Wilson
Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date(s) May 3, 2006 (Spain)
October 31, 2006 (Internet)
Running time 92 Minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language Spanish
English

For other uses of the word Incubus, see Incubus (disambiguation).


DVD box cover of the film Incubus

Incubus is a 2006 horror thriller film by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment that was directed by Anya Camilleri and stars actress Tara Reid.[1] The film was released on May 3, 2006 and had an internet premiere on AOL during Halloween 2006.[2] An unrated version was released to DVD on February 6, 2007. The film has billed itself as the first Download To Own video.[3]


Overview

  • Title: Incubus
  • Release Date: May 3, 2006
  • Director: Anya Camilleri
  • Writer: Gary Humphreys
  • Rating: R - Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 92 Minutes
  • Genre: Horror


Cast

Actor / Actress Role
Tara Reid Jay
Akemnji Ndifornyen Bug
Alice O'Connell Holly
Russell Carter Josh
Christian Brassington Peter
Mihai Stanescu Sleeper
Monica Dean Karen
Sandu Mihai Gruia Dr. Gregg
Luana Stoica Dr. Yousov
Ioan Brancu Crazy Man
Dan Mason The Sheriff
Silviu Olteanu The Deputy
Martin Sherman Orin Kiefer (uncredited)


Plot

Seeking refuge from a torrential storm, Jay, her brother, and three friends break into what they think is an abandoned recycling plant. (A fourth friend, Karen, decides not to enter the building and leaves.) They find two dead people, who appear to have killed each other, and a Sleeper - a coma patient hooked up to life support in a triple-locked, shatter-proof observation room. Closer examination reveals a disturbing truth: the Sleeper is Orin Kiefer, a murderer executed by lethal injection six years earlier.

Jay, her brother and friends search for a way out of the factory. A psychopathic man roaming the building attacks and kills her brother.

When Peter falls asleep, his dreams are invaded and his mind is controlled by the comatose madman. The madman turns Peter into a deranged killer like himself, and he tries to attack Jay and the remaining friends, but they make it safely to the observation room and try to sort the situation out.

They discover that the Sleeper in the locked room possesses the power of an Incubus demon, and can invade and control another human's mind through their dreams. To test this theory, they tell Holly to go to sleep. She is the weakest of the three, and if she is infected like Peter she can at least be tied up and easily kept under control without being hurt. She agrees and eventually falls asleep.

Jay and Bug wait, not expecting anything to happen. After a few minutes, Holly wakes up and tries to attack Bug and Jay. They try to get her to snap out of the spell of the Incubus, but when they fail they realize that the only way to stop her is to kill her, which they do. Angry, disgusted, and scared, Bug turns and attacks the comatose madman, still peacefully sleeping and dreaming. He rips off the machinery that keeps him in his unconscious state. Bug and Jay run to get out of the factory.

Peter is still waiting for them, and Bug quickly attacks him with a hammer. As he dies, Peter reveals that he is no longer under the control of the Incubus. As it turns out, the reason he is no longer psychotic is that the Incubus is no longer asleep. Because the machinery keeping him comatose was destroyed, he was able to free himself, wake up, and kill. He kills Bug by snapping his neck, and then goes after Jay.

Jay tricks the Incubus by making it look as though she has managed to escape onto the factory's roof. After she kills him she makes the mistake of falling asleep and dreams of the Incubus. In the dream he manages to get inside of her and when she wakes up she is delirious.

As sheriffs arrive on the scene, they discover the dead Incubus and the bloody Jay. They wrongly assume she is a killer, though she does not say a single word. She is led into a police car, in handcuffs, past Karen, who is in another police car. The movie ends with a brief shot of Jay's eyes, which suddenly exhibit an alarming expression revealing that she has become a psychopathic killer, possessed by the Incubus.


Reception

Critical reception was predominantly negative and review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes hosts three reviews for Incubus, all negative.[4] Dread Central, Entertainment Weekly, and DVD Talk all gave negative reviews for Incubus, all of whom heavily criticized Reid's acting in the film.[3][5][6]


Review

Jay, her brother, and four friends seeking refuge from a torrential storm break into what they think is an abandoned recycling plant. Incredibly, they find that they've stumbled into the aftermath of a horribly brutal double murder, the only survivor of which is a Sleeper- a coma patient hooked up to life support in a triple-locked, shatter proof observation room. Closer examination reveals a disturbing truth: the Sleeper is Orin Kiefer, a murderer executed by lethal injection six years earlier for butchering his family. Trapped inside with this comatose madman, they soon discover there is no escape and the Sleeper is not as harmless as he would seem...

It turns out the facility is a holding ground for a killer with eerie powers, a killer kept in an induced coma because, it turns out, he has the power to take over your body after you fall asleep. Thus we get the title: an incubus is a demon who has sex with women in their sleep, so, um, close enough for horror movie purposes, I suppose. (There is a scene at the end in which Jay dreams she is dreaming of sex, making it both a lame attempt to work in the actual meaning of the title and the weakest horror movie dream sequence ever - “Ooh! I’m dreaming about dreaming!” It does give us the film’s only scary moment, however, as Reid offers her version of what sex sounds like. Ew.)

In short this isn't a movie about incubi. Stay away.


References

  1. "Review: INCUBUS". JoBlo. http://www.joblo.com/horror-movies/dvd-reviews/incubus. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. Johanson, MaryAnn. "Let Tara Reid Scare the Halloween Off You With Incubus". Film.com. http://www.film.com/movies/let-tara-reid-scare-the-halloween-off-you-with-incubus. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Spagnoli, Nick. "Incubus Review". Entertainment Weekly. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20010651,00.html. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  4. "Incubus (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/incubus/. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  5. Farmer, Juliet. "Review: Incubus". DVD Talk. http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/26287/incubus/. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  6. Condit, Jon. "Review: Incubus". Dread Central. http://www.dreadcentral.com/reviews/incubus-2007. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 


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