Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Incubus (1966)

3.5 / 5 July '10
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Leslie Stevens
Written by: Leslie Stevens
Actors include: William Shatner, Allyson Ames, Eloise Hardt
Genre: Horror
Length: 78 minutes
Banned: Nope

This reads sort of like a student art film, there are a few technical mistakes sure but it's actually quite visually stunning. The tale is about Kia, a succubus which means she lures bad men out to the sea and steps on their heads and drowns them. She's tired of drowning bad men and collecting their souls, so she wants to collect an innocent man. This is where the kindly Marc (William Shatner) comes in. He goes to church, lives with his sister, and lives a good life. When he sees the gorgeous Kia he isn't tempted by her sexual promises but rather he wants to make a real relationship with her. Of course she resists, and things get a little sticky from there once she summons the Incubus! Actually there is a scene where the Incubus is coming out from the earth that is pretty impressive and even creepy. Since this didn't appear to have much of a budget the effects are simple and mainly done with lighting but it's still quite effective. This is quite an interesting film that could have been amazing if a few things were different but instead it's a visually appealing cautionary tale. Oh I should also mention that the dialog in this film is Esperanto (something I've never seen before) and since the original print was lost I believe the only available version is dubbed with big black bars in the middle of the screen unfortunately. Still worth a viewing though.

Availability:  Not On DVD

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