The Ultra-Actor series of books offers a retrospective look at the careers of the world's greatest overactors. These are actors who can always be counted on to provide oversized, operatic, or eccentric performances, often in the maddest films ever made.
This first book in the series looks at the films William Shatner made in the 60s and 70s. More
We all know and love William Shatner now, but there was a time in the 60s, when his career was just getting started, and in the 70s, when he was experiencing a post-Star Trek slump, that he appeared in a series of surprising -- and often quite demented -- series of low-budget films and television films.
"Ultra-Actors: William Shatner" takes a look at 21 of these films, almost everything he made from his first lead performance until "Star Trek: The Motion Picture" revitalized his career. Here's your chance to find out about such little-seen oddities as:
Incubus: A horror film shot entirely in the invented language of Esperanto, and a cursed production that found many of its cast members dead in the few years after it was made.
Impulse: In which Shatner plays a psychotic con man in Florida who ineptly stalks a little girl.
Kingdom of the Spiders: It's William Shatner against tens of thousands of superintelligent tarantulas whose primary mode of attack seems to be to fall out of grates onto people.
The Devil's Rain: Shatner is kidnapped by Satanists and has his eyes plucked out by them, and takes revenge by making them melt for what feels like the last half of the movie.