Affinity Bell is seven years old and has just moved into her new house with her parents. Or has she? What are the terrifying red-eyed Others that haunt her? Does Mr Moppet have a strong enough magic to protect her? Has all this happened before? What’s for breakfast?
Young Frankenstein (no, not that one) goes off to university, leaving behind his lovely fiancee and her family. I support that move. You get your education, Frankenstein. You’re too young for that much responsibility. Two years later, he has discovered the secret of life and death. They don’t make undergrads like they used to.
Frankenstein goes off to college to learn everything. Two years later, he has discovered the secret of life. He’s a go-getter, so he magics up a man in a kiln in his living room. And he is successful beyond his wildest dreams, which is bad news for him.
You’re asking for an argument with a question like, “What was the first horror film?” Other questions automatically follow. What is a horror film? What is a film? Who are you?
Incubus (1966) was a commercial failure on a level that sounds made up. An independent movie that doesn’t get any distribution at all isn’t rare or strange, but an American independent movie that got distribution in one single market, France, is pretty special. It can seem a bit strange that a legendarily cursed horror film couldn’t catch anyone’s attention.
Incubus (1966) takes place on the spooky quiet island of Nomen Tuum (Latin for “your name,” and I’m still trying to figure out why). The sick come to the magic Deer Well to be healed and the vain come to be made more beautiful. The Deer Well is the perfect bait for corrupted souls, and temptingly lovely demons have full workdays luring bad’uns down to the beach for picturesque watery deaths.