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The Entity (1982)

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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Melanie Gaffin ...
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Tom Stern ...

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Story So Shocking, So Threatening, It Will Frighten You Beyond All Imagination See more »


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Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ente  »

Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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(35 mm prints)| (70 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Composer Charles Bernstein's score for this film is excerpted in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds (2009). See more »


Near end of film the scientist gives exhibition of liquid Helium and states temperature of -473 F. Liquid Helium is actually only -457 F, and "absolute zero" of -459 F has never been attained. See more »


Cindy: Beautiful day outside, isn't it? Nothing like good old southern California for lots of sunshine!
Carla Moran: I was raped.
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Referenced in An American Haunting (2005) See more »


Saturday Nite's All Right For Fighting
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of This Record Co., Ltd.
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Scary in an interesting way
25 October 2000 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

"The Entity" is a well made horror film about a supernatural phenomenon tormenting a woman by sexually attacking her repeatedly. The thing that strikes me interesting about this movie is that it's supposedly based on fact! Barbara Hershey gives a very strong performance as Carla Moran, the woman who one night has her life turned upside down when she's raped by an unseen mass. And this invisible visitor has no intentions of leaving her alone! She seeks help first from a psychiatrist (played by Ron Silver) who she feels ain't helping her. Then she runs into a group of parapsychologists who think have a solution to get rid of this entity. "The Entity" is quite scary in certain spots helped occasionally by an eerie and overbearing music score. There are some scenes that are kind of laughable, but for me "The Entity" provided more scares than laughs. Hershey gives a terrific performance in an early film role that could have been demeaning but isn't. The nude scenes are either the use of a body double or a make-up puppet. And when you watch this scenes, you can see it can't be Hershey's body your looking at. "The Entity" has a few silly moments, but all-in-all it's an effective horror film.

*** (out of four)

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