The Entity (1982)

The Entity (1982)

  • Release Date:  1982
  • Genre:  Possession
  • Director:  Sidney J. Furie
  • Screenwriter:  Frank De Felitta

 Rating:

  • Eloise = 8 / 10;
  • Dylan = 8.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 9 / 10;

 Synopsis:

A mother becomes the victim of violent attacks, mostly sexual, from a mysterious demon that nobody can see.

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 Review:

Based on Frank De Felitta’s novel of the same name, The Entity is a paranormal tale about a woman’s battle against multiple fronts, both psychological and paranormal.

On one hand, there is a dreadful demon that abuses her. The brutality of his attacks, filmed sometimes in a very explicit way, makes them always very disturbing. There are only few special effects used, which could be deceiving to some, but help the movie in staying credible even to modern viewers. There are a lot of paranormal scenes, always with increasingly power, which makes the movie very intense to watch. In any case, you’ll find yourself cursing the demon, fearing the next demonic attack, and desperately feeling bad for young Barbara Hershey in her most impressive role.

On the other hand, the lead character is also battling with psychiatrists, friends, and even her own family. She has to prove that she is not crazy and that she is able to remain rational throughout this irrational experience. This aspect of the movie is really well developed create as much tension and stress than the demonic attack do.

Overall, this movie is really one that deserves to be talked about a lot more. I cannot help but comparing it to The Exorcist for it left me the same mental scar. Also similarly to The Exorcist, this one easily belongs to the Top 50 of horror movies ever made.

 

 Cast:

Barbara Hershey Carla Moran
Ron Silver Ron Silver Phil Sneiderman
David Labiosa David Labiosa Billy
George Coe George Coe Dr. Weber
Margaret Blye Margaret Blye Cindy Nash
Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes Dr. Cooley
Richard Brestoff Richard Brestoff Gene Kraft
Michael Alldredge Michael Alldredge George Nash
Raymond Singer Raymond Singer Joe Mehan
Allan Rich Allan Rich Dr. Walcott
Natasha Ryan Natasha Ryan Julie
Melanie Gaffin Melanie Gaffin Kim
Alex Rocco Alex Rocco Jerry Anderson
Sully Boyar Sully Boyar Mr. Reisz
Tom Stern Tom Stern Woody Browne

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