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½ July 20, 2015
Tuesday, October 5, 2010

(1965) Incubus
(Besides English the language that was also spoken is 'Esperanto' with English subtitles)

HORROR/ THRILLER

Anybody familiar with the original black and white show called "The Outer Limits" should be able to like this film as well, who wrote and directed this film by the name of Leslie Steven! To describe it, is like delving into the Ingmar Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" tradition by using strong winds and trees effectively used as part of it's atmosphere to carry this bizarre and gothic story, and perhaps Carl Dreyer. Their is language that is unbekownist to most people but is used to bring effect to the overall film! A little film which is clocked in at 78 minutes. It opens with a man suffering from some kind of disease being led to his death by an attractive young blonde lady, she does this by placing her foot onto his head and drowns him as a result of following her to a beach. After she buries him, another blonde lady is seen with some worshippers wearing robes following behind her. As it turns out both ladies are sisters, with the one that led the contagious man to his death is Kia the younger one of the two. And are sacrificing supposedly bad men to their deaths as a part of a satanic ritual with Kia doing all the work. Their next opponent happens to be Marc (William Shatner) and although the older sister doesn't think it's a good idea for Kia to go after Marc for their ritual since his soul is pure and that she may begin to fall in love with him- Kia doesn't listen resulting to other measures such as to call Incubus(Milos Milos) from the grave.

3 out of 4 stars
May 20, 2015
Pre- Star Trek William Shatner speaking Esperanto is more than enough, but stunning black and white cinematography, a new twist on good and evil and a curse make this one of my all time favs.
October 29, 2014
More than just a novelty (the first...and so far, only...movie ever made in the "universal" language of Esperanto), this is an interesting and effective piece of work on many levels. Directed by "The Outer Limits" creator Leslie Stevens, the film spins the tale of a beautiful succubus, (Allyson Ames, who eventually became Stevens' wife) endeavouring to entrap a heroic, virtuous man (William Shatner) into the clutches of her master, the God of Darkness. The story often feels like it's part Bergman-esque Greek tragi-drama and part supernatural horror film. Some clever plot devices, such as a solar eclipse, match the mood perfectly and work well to advance the narrative. There are a few spots of clunky dialogue to be sure, almost certain to elicit a chuckle or two, but it hardly matters. Enhancing the spookiness of the proceedings is Conrad Hall's artistically expressionistic, brilliantly-lighted, and shadow-laden cinematography. No less creepy is the actor who plays the titular incubus, Milos Milos (yes, that's right, two given names), especially when armed with the knowledge of his notorious fate. As for the Esperanto, apart from the initial strangeness of the idea, its execution actually adds something to the authenticity and flavour of this chronicle that just happens to take place in an alternate, mythical land, close to ours in nature.
March 6, 2014
Delirious film defies description; the fact that the dialogue is spoken in Esperanto makes it even stranger.
December 24, 2013
It's one of the few movies out there made completely in Esperanto (go ahead, Google it if you don't know it...it is an interesting concept). This is one of those very few movies out there that if you gave two shits about Esperanto than you just might like this movie. For all others, do not bother. It is duller than a plastic spork.
December 14, 2013
Esperanto is alive and well, with THOUSANDS of activists meeting in conferences, whose main purpose is FRIENDSHIP at the same time advancing translations and original literature. The Esperanto community on-line is doubling in size every few years and is estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands.
½ November 29, 2013
An obscure oddity well worth seeking out--An arrestingly off-beat & atmospheric mid 60's Art-House Horror!!
October 23, 2013
Too strange to be awful, a foreign language film made in the neutral language of Esperanto! William Shatner speaking in tongues, lots of fog machines, lovely 1960's babes, great Dominic Frontiere music and a really silly story about the devil and God. Basically what would happen if Ingmar Bergman directed an episode of Outer Limits.
October 20, 2013
I was sort of puzzled by the Esperanto at first, and it's obvious that some of the actors weren't accustomed to it... The dialogue between the Succubus sirens was awkward and stilted in places... But, amazingly, William Shatner delivers Esperanto like a pro. Early into the film, I realized Shatner was actually DOING IT, and very believably - Shatner was pure gold.
August 18, 2013
What a bizarre idea for a film - all dialogue recorded in Esperanto, an invented language. It is cool to see as a curiosity piece, but the story is super forgettable.
½ July 10, 2013
If you see only one Esperanto film this year. . .
Thought lost for 30 years, but rediscovered in 1999, Incubus has a number of things going for it: the 2nd film ever filmed in the artificial language Esperanto, it starts a pre-Trek William Shatner, artfully shot by future Academy Award winning cinematographer Conrad Hall, and written and directed by the Leslie Stevens (creator of "The Outer Limits"). That said, it is really more worth watching out of curiousity sake than anything else. It plays like a typical mid-1960's allegorical art house horror flick. Worth a look for film buffs and fans of Esperanto (though I hear they don't like Shatner's pronunciation).
February 10, 2013
Absolutely right to watch, for all the beautifully wrong reasons. It's a trip.
½ January 23, 2013
I wanted to see this really bad and thought this was awesome up until a point and then it just was boring and moved at a snail's pace. What isn't to be interested in as a pre-Trek Shatner is wooed by a devilish girl for her cult purposes while everyone speaks a fictional language? The photography is beautiful and there is a lot of great black and white shots. The problem is the pacing and not a lot happens, which tampers with this cool creepy mood that is established and gets broken. The climax works more but just didn't twist around like I thought it should have. It doesn't suck but if you want a cool creepier movie with Shatner try the Devil's Rain.
December 1, 2012
filmed in esperanto wtf? looks cool though
½ November 10, 2012
A beautiful gothic fairy tale, horror film that was unfortunately lost for so long and the only copies that exist have French subtitles burned into the picture. None the less, it's still great this film exists one way or the other. It's such an odd, yet captivating horror film. And yes, it was filmed in Esperanto.
½ April 23, 2012
Admittedly, it is not the greatest movie ever made. But, William Shatner (who gives us a pretty good performance) has been in much worse. What does make it a unique and interesting movie to watch is Conrad L. Hall's cinematography, it's eerie atmosphere, and the use of an unknown language known as Esperanto.
Super Reviewer
½ February 21, 2012
Believe it or not, "Incubus" really does have an Ingmar Bergman feel. Conrad Hall's eerie, black-and-white cinematography is more the film's star than either the pre-"Star Trek" William Shatner or his succubus temptress Allyson Ames, as the action floats through plenty of dreamy crossfades, wordless wandering and, of course, the horror genre's inevitable clouds of wispy smoke. Yes, "Incubus" is entirely in Esperanto, though minutes often pass without any dialogue. (The version I saw had rather poor implementation of subtitles -- they were dropped on top of the frame, in large white letters on a black background. Far too much image obscured.)

This is a short film (78 minutes) but, even so, it seems light on plot. Ames is a beautiful blond demon who lures mortal men to their deaths. She sets her sights on Shatner's character, but is warned by an elder that he is a good man and thus should be avoided (only corrupted men are susceptible). She pursues him anyway, and nearly ruins herself in the process. Eventually, a male incubus is summoned to settle the score. The ending seems notably abrupt, and hurts the story's overall impact.

Dominic Frontiere's music -- mostly female moans and swirling strums of harp -- is somewhat cliched but beautifully mixes with the cinematography, and director Leslie Stevens' past work on "The Outer Limits" obviously figures into the film's tone. As for Shatner, it's surprisingly easy to separate him from his Captain Kirk persona, though his climactic fight with the supernatural goat-man had me giggling about the silly tumbling moves he always pulled in "Star Trek" scuffles.
½ December 31, 2011
I actually found this a very compelling watch. The cinematography is stunning, and the narrative is interesting if not a little bewildering. Famous for being one of the few films in Esperanto. Gives it a more exotic edge which helps with the intrigue. Shatner is pure Shatner,even in Esperanto. As for the film itself, i read somewhere that its a cross between Bergman and The Outer Limits with a little dollop of Carnival of Souls...............well i second that.
June 20, 2011
Enjoyed it once I got past the fact that they were speaking Esperanto. The language just sounds silly, rather like listening to people in The Sims games.
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