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The Entity (1982)

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A woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

Frank De Felitta (novel) (as Frank DeFelitta), Frank De Felitta (screenplay) (as Frank DeFelitta)
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Cast

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

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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Based on a true story....that isn't over yet. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ente See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$13,277,558
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The method in which Carla is diagnosed by physicians, a method which relies heavily on her personal history, and in particular her relationship with her father and her sexual encounters with other men, reflects a largely Freudian psychodynamic method of diagnosis. This, combined with the fact that she is initially diagnosed by the team of doctors as having "hysteria," a disorder that has disappeared from mainstream American psychiatric diagnostics, makes this movie one of the last in which Freudian methods and conceptions (largely related to sex and childhood development) are shown to have a significant impact on the diagnosis of patients. With the rise of neurochemistry, neuroscience, and biological tests in the 1980s, 1990s and beyond, Freudian methods like those portrayed in the film would themselves become considered by many mainstream biological psychiatrists to be superstitious. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Carla Moran: Your halo is burning.
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Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Ender's Game/The Shining (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Saturday Nite's All Right For Fighting
Written by Elton John (uncredited) and Bernie Taupin (uncredited)
Performed by Elton John
Courtesy of This Record Co., Ltd.
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Well crafted early 80's horror.
15 March 2009 | by jhpstrydomSee all my reviews

I've never heard of THE ENTITY, being as it might this film is about two years older than I am, but one day at work one of my friends told me about this film, and insisted that I try and find it, and I did eventually, before watching it I thought the concept of a woman being raped by ghost was a little out there, and then of course finding out it is based on a true story, well that has to be seen to be believed.

The film itself turned out to be very well crafted, the cast played their roles very strong and convincingly, and Sidney J. Furie showed very creative direction, and featured great special effects from the late Stan Winston, but one thing that almost put me off about the film, was the last third act when it introduces a bunch of parapsychologist that come up with an idea on how to contain or destroy the entity, this film being based on a true story although fictionalized, got a little outrages at this point and kind of didn't really have that effect of a true story anymore, because no one would believe that any person on earth ever tried to freeze a ghost or an entity, I even did some research on the story that revealed the attacks on Carla Moran has stopped after moving further and further from her old house.

Overall, being an old film it was refreshing to have been able to watch something that wasn't overblown with today's CG effects, although special effects minimal, and its strength mainly comes from the strong performances of its cast.


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