As if struggling to make ends meet and trying to get her life back on track wasn't enough, the hard-working single mother of three, Carla Moran, finds herself with the back to the wall when she comes face-to-face with an inexplicable supernatural incident. Sexually assaulted in her locked-up home, Carla is having a hard time telling the difference between fact and fantasy; however, both the unseen assailant and the painful bruises in hard-to-reach parts of her body are very real. Now--as all attempts with psychotherapy failed, and the late-night paranormal attacks become increasingly violent--Carla has no other choice but to turn to a team of parapsychologists who offer, at least, hope for a resolution. But, is there an escape from abstract evil? Can Carla beat the Entity?Written by
To have stirred up such diametrically opposite views here, THE ENTITY must rate above mediocre.
When any film incurs user-comments that are at a 180 degree variance from one to the next, the odds are it is the subject itself which is the catalyst behind the emotion. We have those who admire its technical expertise (at least for 1981) and who recall its fear-factor and professionalism to others who deplore the entire work, branding its laughable script and effects. The truth I suspect lies midway between these inconsistent comments.
To start with there are always going to be a significant percentage of the population who are affronted by the concept of a young girl being sexually assaulted by a ghost for a prolonged period of time....whether it actually happened or not. This, incidentally IS based on a true story that was itself the grounding for Frank De Felita's top selling book. If the notion is a distasteful one, the chances of you liking the film are slim HOWEVER technically adept it is. As it transpires, Barbara Hershey is remarkably good as Carla Moran, the young lady with a problem neither the Police, the Medical Profession or the supposed experts of the paranormal have much luck with. The rapes and sexual assaults are both graphic and quite worrying. Some loopy reviewer likened them to scenes in the SCREAM and I KNOW WHAT YOU DID films! Huh? I think being taken apart by a psycho with a knife or hook is way THIS side of normal compared to being sexually molested in your own bed! but hey, thats just MY opinion!
For its day THE ENTITY was nearer the edge of hard-core horror than many of its contemporaries. I suspect those who claimed to have "laughed" at the entire thing are having themselves on or at least putting up a front for whatever reason. The film was not laughable! I can understand those who believed the film was exploitive and bordering on the distasteful - but hey, so was SILENCE OF THE LAMBS!
I believe you owe it to yourself to find a copy of this film (a) If you have never seen it or (b) If some reasonably heavy-duty horror scenes appeal to you!
All up I would rate this a 6.6 which probably errs on the side of conservativeness.
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