The Entity is a 1981 American supernatural horror film directed by Sidney J. Furie (Doctor Blood’s Coffin, The Snake Woman) based on a screenplay by Frank De Felitta (Dark Night of the Scarecrow; Audrey Rose) from his own novel of the same name. Barbara Hershey (Damien TV series; Insidious), Ron Silver (Silent Rage) and David Labiosa star.
Despite being filmed and planned for a release in 1981, probably due to its controversial subject matter, the movie was not released worldwide until September 1982, followed by a 20th Century Fox release in the United States in February 1983.
Single mother Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey) becomes the victim of a violent carnal assault in her home by an invisible assailant. A subsequent episode of poltergeist activity causes her to flee with her children to the home of her friend Cindy (Margaret Blye).
They return to Carla’s home and the following day, Carla is nearly killed when her car mysteriously goes out of control in traffic. Urged by Cindy to see a psychiatrist, Carla meets with Dr Sneiderman (Ron Silver) and tentatively agrees to undergo therapy.
A subsequent attack in her bathroom leaves bite marks and bruises on Carla which she shows to Dr Sneiderman, who believes she has inflicted them on herself. We learn that Carla suffered a variety of traumas in her childhood and adolescence, including abuse, teenage pregnancy and the violent death of her first husband. Sneiderman believes her apparent paranormal experiences are delusions resulting from her past psychological trauma.
Carla is attacked again, this time in front of her children. Her son tries to intervene but he is hit by electrical discharges and his wrist is broken. Dr Sneiderman urges her to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital for observation, but she refuses…
“It’s a simple premise but acted marvellously and crafted sufficiently; the film never relies on camera trickery or an artistic flair to mask shortcomings, but rather makes use of angles and perspective and otherwise skewered shots to enhance, not explicitly generate, an edgy, chaotic, uncertain vibe.” Martin Liebman, Blu-ray.com
“The film works best when it remains mysterious. The final act tries too hard to explain things, conjuring up a hokey scientific experiment for the climax — but up until then, I gotta say, for what is essentially a ghost story, I was pretty creeped out.” Into the Dark
“Much like all great protagonists, Moran slowly becomes empowered and faces her attacker directly. The change she goes through is worth the watch alone. The ending credits state the encounters continues after Moran moved, but the intensity and frequency diminished. Overall, The Entity is hall of fame material as far as I’m concerned…” Fister Roboto
Cast and characters:
- Barbara Hershey as Carla Moran
- Ron Silver as Dr. Phil Sneiderman
- David Labiosa as Billy Moran
- George Coe as Dr. Weber
- Margaret Blye as Cindy Nash
- Jacqueline Brookes as Dr. Elizabeth Cooley (The Werewolf of Washington, Ghost Story)
- Michael Alldredge as George Nash
- Alex Rocco as Jerry Anderson (The Boston Strangler, Return to Horror High)
- Allan Rich as Dr. Walcott
- Richard Brestoff as Gene Kraft
- Raymond Singer as Joe Mehan
- Natasha Ryan as Julie
- Melanie Gaffin as Kim