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Incubus

Incubus (1965)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1965 Wide

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One of the strangest productions ever committed to celluloid, and the first feature with all dialogue recorded in Esperanto, this bizarre supernatural art-horror epic, hailed by Famous Monsters founder Forrest J. Ackerman as "the movie-watching event of a lifetime," actually benefits from the presence of a pre-Star Trek William Shatner, whose operatic style somehow conforms to the story's deranged logic. Shatner plays Marc, a man lost in the mythical land of Nomen Tuum where he comes under

May 8, 2001

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A cool little oddity.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It stars William Shatner, and it's in a made-up language. If you need to know more, this film is not for you.

March 27, 2003
New Times

Like a foreign film from a country that never existed.

September 10, 2001 Full Review Source: culturevulture.net
culturevulture.net

Shatner still gets the women, even with the handicap of having to woo them in Esperanto,

June 19, 2001 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

This bizarre supernatural art-horror film is the first feature with all dialogue recorded in Esperanto ...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Incubus

Why would Star Trek star William Shatner agree to be in an horror movie where he would have to speak Esperanto is beyond me, but for some reason I loved it. It's a very atmospheric, creepy, and unique horror film. If you're intrigued by any of this, I highly recommend checking out this movie.
December 5, 2010
ajv2688

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Move over, Mel Gibson. You weren't the first to make a film in a dead or near dead language. Leslie Stevens got there before you. This film was made in Esperanto, a language that...well, I can't explain how it came about. Look it up.

The story concerns a young woman named Kia who is a "Succubus", sent from Hell to lead evil men to their doom with her sexuality. She grows tired of leading bad guys who are going to end up in Hell eventually anyway. She wants to tempt someone pure of heart and soul. Enter Marc, in the manly form of William Shatner...yep, THAT William Shatner, the year before he became Capt. Kirk. Things don't go as planned and she ends up falling in love with him.

I was interested in this film because it sounded so campy and bad. But this odd film ended up holding my attention more than I expected it to. Shatner is of course Shatner, even in Esperanto. But the film has a Bergmanesque quality to it, from the lighting, pacing and camerawork, to the religious themes, to even most of the females leads being blonde. I think if Roger Corman had grown up in Sweden, this is the type of film he may have come up with.
May 4, 2010
webalina

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Very very weird. The only movie ever shot in Esperanto
March 25, 2008
kenstachnik

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