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The Entity (1982)

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


Sidney J. Furie


Frank De Felitta (novel) (as Frank DeFelitta), Frank De Felitta (screenplay) (as Frank DeFelitta)
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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 ... Dr. Cooley
Richard Brestoff ... Gene Kraft
Michael Alldredge ... George Nash
Raymond Singer ... Joe Mehan
Allan Rich ... Dr. Walcott
Natasha Ryan ... Julie
Melanie Gaffin ... Kim
Alex Rocco ... Jerry Anderson
Sully Boyar ... Mr. Reisz
Tom Stern Tom Stern ... Woody Browne


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 Nick Riganas

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


Drama | Horror


R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


For the scenes where the entity assaults Carla Moran, the visual effects team designed a prosthetic breastplate and full body that could be "indented" from below... pretending fingers that "touch" her body. 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 »


The Entity: Welcome home, cunt.
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Spoofed in A Haunted House (2013) See more »


Poor, Poor Pitiful Me
Written by Warren Zevon (uncredited)
Performed by Linda Ronstadt
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User Reviews

UnderRated Classic
21 June 2005 | by todsoloSee all my reviews

I saw this movie in the theaters when I was 6. It scared the crap out of me then... Now I am 30 and it still scares the crap out of me. Wow! What an amazing horror/thriller. This movie is what a suspenseful horror film should be. The directing and cinematography are incredible. The story unfolds as it sucks you in and doesn't let go for a second. It's a shame these types of films are rarely made anymore. The atmosphere is nauseatingly creepy, the acting on every front is exceptional and the soundtrack is fresh and original. The fact that it is based on true events only adds to the scares. Why can't Hollywood make movies like this anymore? 25 years after its release it still holds up! If you want to have some serious nightmares watch it alone, at night with the lights off. I dare you...

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Release Date:

4 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,685,654, 6 February 1983

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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