Sunday, April 1, 2012

Inkubus (2011)

I first heard about this movie at Comic Con 2010  and it took an awful long time for it to come out on DVD.  Maybe they were planning a theatrical release?  I was reminded of the movie again at this month's Monster Mania, and it's finally out on DVD.  Yay, Robert Englund and William Forsythe!  And, um, Joey Fatone?  Okay.

So, a la Assault on Precinct 13, a police station is closing, and there is only a skeleton crew left in charge.  Joey Fatone (Detective Tom Caretti) obviously made an agreement that to toss any money or time at this movie, he would need a sex scene with a cute girl.  The sex looked awful, and involved some random choking.  Hot.  So there have been some murders lately, including a young lady named Jenny Garrison.  A frightened young lad comes into the station, covered in blood, claiming that a creepy dude came and decapitated Jenny while they were hooking up, and then jumped out the window...the fifth floor window.

Shortly afterwards, Inkubus (Robert Englund) shows up to the station carrying Jenny's head.  He claims to be a nearly 100-year-old demon-type creature, and admits to a bunch of murders.  He demands his one phone call, which he makes to retired Detective Gil Diamante (William Forsythe).  Apparently the two had a bit of a run-in 13 years ago.  He traipses over in a hurry once he realizes that it really is Inkubus.  They lock Inkubus up, but he just basically toys with the staff, getting into their minds and making them literally run in circles.  We're supposed to attribute this to magic or somesuch thing. 

As it turns out, Inkubus really has a thing for this Detective Diamante, although we never fully know why.  But he hates the guy enough that he rapes his wife (he claims she enjoyed it) and kidnaps his son to raise him in evil a la Storm of the Century.  All because the guy maybe-almost caught him?  WTF?  

Robert Englund could play pretty much any villain in existence, so I really can't fault his performance.  William Forsythe always slips easily into the weathered cop role, and this time is no different, although the dramatics over his wife seem forced.  However, Joey Fatone was pretty laughable as the secret lover and tough-guy detective.  It seems like this movie really wanted to go somewhere, but it couldn't figure out it's path.  I really wanted to like this one, but just found it boring and silly.  Englund and Forsythe could do way better...I won't say anything about Joey Fatone ;)