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The Entity (1982)

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Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.



(novel) (as Frank DeFelitta), (screenplay) (as Frank DeFelitta)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Weber
Jacqueline Brookes ...
Dr. Cooley
Richard Brestoff ...
Gene Kraft
George Nash
Joe Mehan
Dr. Walcott
Melanie Gaffin ...
Jerry Anderson
Sully Boyar ...
Mr. Reisz
Woody Browne


Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what's happening to her, and shunned by friends and family who think she's lost her mind, she seeks help from parapsychologists. The researchers soon discover that evil spiritual force has been drawn to Carla and is responsible for the violent attacks. The question now, however, is how do they stop it? Based on a supposedly true story. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ente  »


Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,685,654, 6 February 1983, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This movie was originally planned to be released in 1981 but did not debut in theaters until late 1982, with some territories including Australian and its American release in the U.S. not launching until early 1983. Generally, the film was released a short time after 1982's other poltergeist movie, Poltergeist (1982). See more »


When Carla is first attacked by the demon, she is slapped rather hard in the face and her lip is bloodied. But in the subsequent scenes and the days following, there is no mark on her lip. See more »


Carla Moran: I mean I'd rather be dead than living the way I've been living. Do you understand that?
Phil Sneiderman: Yes, I can understand that. Yes. I also understand that I care very much what happens to you. Very much. And I know that in your heart you know the difference between reality and fantasy. Carla, look at me, Carla - our reason, our intelligence:That's the only thing that distinguishes us between any other species of animal, Carla - I care about you! Carla, don't close yourself off now. It's real important, ...
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Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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not a very well-made film, but effective; 7/10
1 July 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Entity has an extremely sloppy script. First of all, it basically repeats itself a dozen times. Each attack is more or less identical. The biggest problem has to do with the psychologist. He thinks it's all in Carla's head. It would have been nice for the filmmakers to give us the possibility for interpretation, but we see these attacks outside of Carla's point of view. The audience knows for sure that what is happening is real. And then there are half a dozen witnesses. When they corroborate her story, the psychologist still refuses to believe them. Jerry (Alex Rocco) swears that he saw Carla's body being manipulated by an unseen force, and Dr. Sneiderman still believes it's all just in her head. What this does is make him the bad guy throughout the film - we know that, because of him, Carla's attacks are going to go on without a chance of relief. And the script wants us to feel a romantic connection between the two of them. A lot of the film is told from his point of view, trying to get us to believe he is a helpful force, and all we can do is despise him as if he were a weasel taking advantage. This, more than anything else, stops the film dead in its tracks.

However, there are a couple of positive things that save the film and make it worth a watch. Barbara Hershey is absolutely excellent as the frightened victim who gradually grows stronger. The rest of the acting isn't bad, either, but only her performance stands out. Also, the special effects, even though they are very cheap, are enormously effective. Well, the lightning wasn't, but this film goes to show you that a simple rattling mirror is worth so much more than a million dollar CGI ghost.

...and wait until the final moments of the film. I don't think ANYTHING has made me shiver as violently as that moment after the door slams closed. Also, I've rarely been as proud of a character after Carla opens it right back up.

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