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26 October 1966 (USA) See more »
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On a strange island inhabited by demons and spirits, a man battles the forces of evil. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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William Shatner ... Marc
Allyson Ames ... Kia
Eloise Hardt ... Amael
Robert Fortier ... Olin
Ann Atmar ... Arndis
Milos Milos ... Incubus
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Ashworth ... Monk (uncredited)
Forrest T. Butler ... Monk (uncredited)
Paolo Cossa ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ted Mossman ... Monk (uncredited)

Directed by
Leslie Stevens 
 
Writing credits
Leslie Stevens (written by)

Produced by
Elaine Michea .... associate producer
Anthony M. Taylor .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere 
 
Cinematography by
Conrad L. Hall  (as Conrad Hall)
William A. Fraker (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Richard K. Brockway 
 
Costume Design by
Forrest T. Butler 
 
Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist
Carolyn Brandt .... makeup artist: color footage (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurice Vaccarino .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ted Mossman .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jay Ashworth .... location sound
Arthur Cornell .... sound editor (as Arthur J. Cornall)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Jordan Cronenweth .... assistant camera
Norman C. McClay .... electrician
Charles Rosher Jr. .... camera operator
William A. Fraker .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ray Dennis Steckler .... camera operator (color footage) (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Verna Fields .... editor (color footage) (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Caper Jr. .... music editor
Dominic Frontiere .... conductor
 
Transportation Department
Richard Margrave .... transportation
 
Other crew
Mary Chaffee .... continuity
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
Mona Skager .... assistant: Mr. Stevens
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Leslie Stevens' Incubus" - USA (complete title)
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78 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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The title character - the Incubus - first appears 47 minutes in, when the 75-minute movie has already run about 62% of its course.See more »
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Factual errors: On the night following a total eclipse of the sun, a full moon is shown. But a solar eclipse only occurs at the time of a new moon.See more »
Quotes:
Amael:I warn you, Kia, that quiet, modest man, who seeks no honors, no rewards, that gentle person who seeks only peace, that man is a hero!
Kia:He is a mortal man!
Amael:A great hero, Kia... great and good.
Kia:Then he has a soul worth fighting for! There are no heroes burning in the fires of Hell! No Martyrs and no Saints! Don't try to stop me, Amael.
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Referenced in Blade: Trinity (2004)See more »

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29 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, unique, underappreciated, 29 January 2001
Author: Robert from San Francisco

Writer/Director Leslie Stevens was previously best-known as the man behind the TV series "The Outer Limits", and it shows. Everything about this film is moody, atmospheric and vaguely threatening, while still tinged with beauty. The real surprise is that "Incubus" is much better than just an extended Outer Limits.

Shot in Big Sur on the central California coast in just two weeks and under a very small budget, the film more than makes up for those limitations with an imaginative script, fantastic visuals and well-nuanced acting. William Shatner gives what I consider to be the most subtle, unmannered performance of his career as the protagonist -- a weary, wounded soldier. The succubus who aims to cause his downfall is more than ably portrayed by Allyson Ames, who would've been quite at home in any Bergman film.

Bergman is, in fact, a reference point, with a few scenes obviously inspired by "Persona", "The Seventh Seal" and perhaps "Wild Strawberries". Other influences seem to be some of Kurosawa's early work and even Greek tragedies.

Many people consider the fact that every bit of dialogue (and even the credits) were in the Esperanto language, to be merely a gimmick. In fact, it was an inspired decision, and makes the film independent of time and place; perfectly complimenting the otherworldly mood. Most of the actors do quite well with it, and after a few minutes it sounds natural, and a bit like a cross between Swedish and Latin.

There are a few niggling problems: the actress who portrays the older succubus has a terrible declaimatory style, there are occasionally irrational plot turns, and worse -- the obtrusive subtitles that block out a large swath of the screen. This was necessitated by the fact that only one print of the film survived, and it had had French subtitles printed on it. When the print was rediscovered, director Stevens had to restore it for English-speaking audiences by blocking English subtitles over the top of the French!

I must mention the score, by Outer Limits composer Dominic Frontiere, which perfectly compliments the film. Conrad Hall's cinematography is at times breathtaking -- especially in one scene where Shatner wanders through a field by moonlight, the grasses swirling around him.

The film's denouement stays just on the better side of moralizing and manages to avoid heavy-handed Christian references. Indeed, the statues of Jesus, Mary and various saints in the village chapel seem just as threatening as the demons outside.

Although not quite as morally ambiguous as "The Wicker Man" (and probably shot for 1/10 the budget and in 1/10th the time), Incubus nevertheless is one of my favorite "horror" films of the 1960s, and well worth viewing. By the way, I disagree with the other poster suggested that Incubus is best viewed in a large group. I suggest that the intimate scale of this film works best when watched alone on a rainy night. Prepare to be frightened, disturbed and surprised.

A macabre footnote: within a year, both the actress who portrayed Shatner's sister and the actor who played the incubus would commit suicide.

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