William Shatner’s Bizarre Esperanto Movie

Esperanto was a failed attempt at the turn of the last century to create a Universal language based on the commonalities of several major European and Latin-based languages. Several societies developed, and it was a nice, progressive idea, but only a few tens of thousands of people ever really spoke it (including billionaire financier George Soros).

And then, for some reason, The Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens made a horror/sci-fi movie in 1965 called Incubus…which is entirely in Esperanto. A made-up foreign language certainly lends itself to horror and sci-fi. And William Shatner’s in it, who you’ll be happy to learn retains all of his Shatneresque pauses and acting quirks in another language.


Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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