Shatner Speaks Esperanto in INCUBUS


I’m a nut for horror films. Always have been. The size of my collection could be described as absurd, and I’m always on the lookout for movies I’ve missed, particularly those rare “forgotten” films from the days before any jerk with a video camera, ten untalented friends and a free weekend could throw some crap together and call it a movie.

Over the years, I’ve heard of one titled Incubus but have never seen it. It seems there are two flicks with the same title– one made in 1982, of which I was familiar, but an earlier Incubus was made in 1966, starring none other than Star Trek’s William Shatner.

I’ve also come across the word “Esperanto” in the past but never bothered to look up the reference and assumed it referred to someone or something from a foreign land, likely Hispanic.

Well, it turns out “Esperanto” is the most widely spoken “constructed” language in the world. But “constructed” languages don’t seem to be a big hit, because whereas it was reportedly created back in the late 1800s, the “universal” language of Esperanto evidently never took off. (“Press ‘1’ to hear your options in Esperanto.”) However, two films were shot with the dialogue spoken entirely in Esperanto, and one of those films was Incubus (1966), which appears to be an artsy but atmospheric occult thriller. Here’s the plot description in a nutshell: “On a strange island inhabited by demons and spirits, a man battles the forces of evil” (–

Soon after its initial release, the film negative was mistakenly destroyed and Incubus became a “lost” movie for decades until someone finally found a print. Thus, the movie is now “Found” I suppose.

So, if you want to see Captain Kirk speak a funky language as he battles evil, and you too are into obscure horror flicks, then you’ll be thrilled to know Youtube currently has the movie available for free streaming in its entirety right HERE!



One thought on “Shatner Speaks Esperanto in INCUBUS

  1. Hello from Wales. You suggest that Esperanto “never took off”. I disagree. I see Esperanto as a remarkable success story, by far the most successful aŭiliary language. It has survived wars and revolutions and economic crises and continues to attract people to learn and speak it.

    Over 750,000 people have signed up to the Duolingo Esperanto course in the last year. Esperanto works. I’ve used it in about twenty countries over recent years. I recommend it to anyone, as a way of making friendly local contacts in other countries. Esperanto is useful as well as serving as a good introduction to learning other languages.


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