Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Inkubus (2011)

Robert Englund's career in cinema will forever be tied to his role as Freddy Krueger. Sure, his credits also include the mini-series "Dead and Buried", the miniseries "V" and Tobe Hooper's "Eaten Alive", but the fedora wearing, glove-with-blades wielding supernatural killer is the main thing he'll be remembered for. Granted, I'm sure he doesn't mind this, as its led to a pretty lengthy career. Even a crappy remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" couldn't unseat him in the eyes of even today's kids. Plus, it helps get him roles in movies like "Inkubus."

Opening with Detective Tom Caretti (Joey Fatone, who also serves as an executive producer) in a straightjacket, telling another detective about the events that led to him being in the nuthouse. Earlier, he was with an skeleton crew minding their own business in a police station when a mysterious killer who calls himself "Inkubus" (Englund), who has in possession the severed head of the girlfriend of a suspect. Meanwhile, a former detective (William Forsythe) with a past connection with the killer wants closure, and it turns out that there's more to the killer than meets the eye.

Trying to mix of "A Nightmare on Elm Street", "Rosemary's Baby", your average slasher film and maybe "The Incubus" and "It's Alive", "Inkubus" does feature a strong performance from Englund. He acts his ass off here, managing to be threatening, darkly comic and best of all fascinating in his role as the demon. There's also some choice gore, with evisceration, disembowelment and even a ripped out spine serving as the highlights.

And that's where the good ends. Everyone else is either bad (Fatone is pretty laughable here, though there is something amusing about seeing a guy who was once in one of the biggest musical groups in the world doing this) to uninterested (Forsythe looks like he's rather be back on "Boardwalk Empire.") Also, while the villain is fascinating, the movie never really explores him. We know he's nearly 100 years old, has a history of evil and that the retired detective wants justice, but that's about it. You don't really get to know him. Then there's the production values. Look, I know that this is a straight to video movie, and that high production costs aren't something you expect, but it looks cheap. Watching it at times feels like your watching an extended YouTube video.

I can't really say that I hated "Inkubus", but that's mostly because it's more forgettable than it is worthy of scorn. The end result is something that could have been pretty fun, but doesn't have the guts to fully commit to itself.

Rating: 4/10

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