Reviewed by: JimmyO
What's it about
A bunch of disposable college kids get stranded in a car accident and find shelter in an abandoned research facility. They soon find some bald dude in tan Speedos in a secured area who is in a coma but has a kind of Freddy Krueger dream power.
Is it good movie?
I was watching Urban Legend on cable the other day and one thing surprised me; Tara Reid is pretty good as one of the many victims in a very so-so teen slasher flick. She was one of the most believable actors in the film. So what the hell happened? In Incubus, she has two expressions; the first is the worry face girl look and the second is Nancy Kerrigan hysterics, "WHY? WHY? WHY?" And she doesn’t even suffer any knee injury. I on the other hand suffered from boredom. This is a bad script with no sense of humor within it’s ridiculous nature and a lot of really dumb moves like, let's walk around in a room with a murderous psycho just a few feet away… and he can see us! The characters go from being complete dimwits to sudden experts on dreams, psychology and other psychobabble. This is a pretentious mess and the acting suffers from bad dialogue. Even early on when we first meet the college fodder, we see them after a car accident. We don’t see the actual accident and maybe that was a budget choice because it's too expensive to shoot that sequence, but the film suffers from it. We meet these characters when they are already seriously involved in a bad situation so there is almost zero character development.
Now with all the bad, I did appreciate some of director Anya Camilleri's visual choices. The film doesn't look as cheap as it could have. Her and the DP worked well with the location and it never really felt too dark (how many damn flashlights did these people have?) and it never really looked as low budget as it might have. But even though it looked good, she really didn't get the "horror" right. The scares are all telegraphed way in advance and I never felt a moment of tension, although I did feel a level of excitement when Tara was running around and her cleavage took over… now that is some serious talent! This is a jumbled mess of ideas with lousy characters disguised as a horror film. It includes an awful psycho killer; a bald guy in Speedos who sits in this observation tank doing the REM sleep thing for much of the film. This isn't scary at all. At least he doesn't talk a lot because when he does… well, let's just say when it gets to where he's calling out "Jay Jay! I'm coming for you Jay Jay!" you'll laugh yourself silly.
Video / Audio
Video: Not the best anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1 transfer. It looked fine most of the time but it seemed to lose it’s sharpness throughout.
Audio: The Dolby Digital sounded fine, although nothing was terribly good about this disc.
Nothing! Just Trailers for “The Grudge 2”, “The Covenant”, “Night Skies”, “Bottom’s Up”, “Death Tunnel”, “The Cavern”, “Clive Barker’s The Plague”, “Population 438” and “Silent Hill”.
If you are looking for a bunch of dumb college students and some kind of psychic killer wearing nothing but Speedos than this is the movie you’ve been waiting for. I’ve seen Tara Reid give a decent performance a couple of times, but this wasn’t one of them. Anya Camilleri has a couple of interesting shots but fails to elevate this past a pretentiously bad “horror” movie. On the back of the DVD cover art, it claims, “Do not disturb”… that’s good advice… do not disturb Incubus, keep it away from your DVD player.