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