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The Entity (1982)

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Another "true story" of dubious authenticity, The Entity concerns a libidinous invisible presence. This unseen force repeatedly rapes poor Barbara Hershey, who can't get anyone to believe her stories of sexual assault. Frankly, she doesn't believe them herself until she undergoes therapy conducted by experts in both psychology and the supernatural. The entity, a great, hairy blob, is ultimately tricked into materializing, an act of revelation that proves to be its downfall. The Entity was

May 3, 2005

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...underwhelming and frequently dull...

October 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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The A-list cast and very good dialogue by Frank De Felitta helps a great deal.

October 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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The Entity is a supernatural horror film about a woman being tormented by a ghost who attacks and rapes her. Director Sidney J. Furie crafts a harrowing film that is an overlooked genre film, one that delivers genuine chills and is a must see movie for genre fans. This is the strongest directorial effort from Sidney J. Furie who would later helm the Top Gun rip-off, Iron Eagle. By today's standards. The Entity is a well executed movie that has a very good story, horrifying moments that will keep you on the edge of your sea. I was pleasantly surprised with the film, but there are things that really don't hold up. First I felt that the film's story, though very good, could have been a bit more developed. At times, it feels rushed, like the filmmakers were trying to conclude the film as quickly as possible. The other is that some of the effects look dated by today's standards. With that being said, The Entity is a film that has its imperfections, but nonetheless if you enjoy supernatural horror, this is one of the best films of the genre. The film has a good cast and effective performances make this a worthwhile and highly engaging movie that is a well constructed horror film that provides memorable moments of sheer terror. This one may be imperfect in some areas, like I've said, but there are more good things going for this one to make it worth seeing. The Entity is an engaging supernatural ride that uses atmosphere, effects and good performances to tell a standout story. If you love supernatural, ghost stories, then give this film a shot. The film may look dated, but is worth seeing for its sheer sense of atmosphere and good story.
November 30, 2013
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Although it gets reiterative trying to establish boring "factual scientific points" in the plot, that raw and unnerving industrial score and, especially, Barbara Hershey's admirable performance, help to sense some of the anguish shown.
July 24, 2013
pier007

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I asked myself, could this really be good or just weird exploitation?
Scorsese likes it. Maybe because the heroine is like a martyr for everyone who only has to live through traumas that can be explained without reference to the spiritual. It's as though she's been chosen for this miserable, unremitting, incurable fate from among her fellow mortals, chosen to be punished from the beyond, while the punishing force savors her mortal helplessness. In this case, the punishment coincides with all her vulnerabilities as an underprivileged single mother.

The movie would have been ridiculous without Barbara Hershey's sensitive performance and Stephen Burum's camera angles and perfect framings. They both must have put in a lot of energy. The movie's horror is unisex, since the evil entity has no clear limits in a way the genre hasn't prepared us for. The evil is free to leave her bedroom and follow her around, basically stalking her, threatening her at every turn, seemingly capable of killing or torturing her at whim, with no definite intention. Not sure about the outrageous line of dialogue the ghost had... It seems like a gift to Molly Haskell's thesis about women in the movies. The Entity is a good symbol for the patriarchy though, the invisible, ubiquitous rapist interfering with the progress of a woman's life, while very few believe her.
April 21, 2011
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