Inkubus

Inkubus is currently available on instant Netflix.

One Line Review: Se7en + Storm of the Century + Assault on Precinct 13 = Stinkubus.

Inkubus (2011) – Rated R for horror violence/gore, some language and sexuality.

“A group of cops stuck on the night shift find themselves thrust into a world of supernatural brutality when a man claiming to be a demon named Inkubus wanders into the precinct house, holding a bloody severed head and looking to settle an old score.”

“I like the inverted k. It separates me from all the other Inkubi. They’re such rabble.”

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a man walks into a police station holding a severed head. Inkubus is written, directed, and produced by Glenn Ciano.This means of course that all blame or praise can be laid at his feet.

The sets all look like generic sets. Here is a hint – if you want to replicate a hospital or police station, go into one and take some photos for a reference. The hospital sequence starting the film is fairly incoherent. They then ‘borrow’ from John Carpenter’s far better Assault on Precinct 13 by setting the film in a closing, semi-deserted police station. The gore effects are terrible – either poorly done, poorly filmed or both.

It appears as though Glenn Ciano spent all his money to have four recognizable faces in the movie. Robert Englund is the titular character here. He can play this type of role in his sleep – and here he does just that. Actually Englund looks like he is having a lot of fun here playing a Freddy substitute without all the makeup.

For cops we have Joey Fatone – yes NSYNC Joey – and Jonathan (Weekend at Bernie’s) Silverman. Noted character actor William Forsythe (Raising Arizona, The Rock) shows up as a retired detective. All are able to read their lines without derision so they have some talent.

The basic idea is sound: have someone come into a police station and confess to a series of crimes while carrying out some diabolical plan. It was called Se7en. It worked much better when the killer was a nobody and not a gloating demon.

In Inkubus, you have a demon who can do anything (cuffs do nothing, hitting him has no effect, he can teleport) and he can switch places with any one at any time. That would seem to indicate that this would be a very short movie.

Indeed it is a short movie at one hour and nineteen minutes including credits but it feels much longer because you can’t really care about anything that happens. Even at that they pad the running time with (terrible) flashbacks and (worse) flash-forwards.

Inkubus has no idea where to begin or how to end and that part in the middle is pretty bad too. Ugh. Just ugh.