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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
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In reviewing The Entity, you must remember that the film is an adaptation of a supposedly real and horrific experience. I think the material is handled as best as it can, considering that the entire plot revolves around a woman getting raped by a malevolent ghost. This film could've been an instant disaster if it weren't handled with the sensitivity it was given. Movies about rape are emotionally charged, let alone a movie about being raped by a ghost. The acting is appropriate, particularly by the lead actress Barbara Hershey. The movie is essentially a balancing act between keeping it a creepy ghost story while at the same time maintaining a "realistic" rape-story. I think the movie succeeds in both tasks.
At base, the movie is a ghost story. It has all the elements of a creepy movie. I cannot call it a monster-movie because it doesn't focus on the monster, but rather the effects of the ghost on the victim, the trauma of the assaults, and the attempt to understand just what this spirit is. It's about as creepy as Poltergeist in that the movie's ghost is certainly felt as an invisible ominous force that can potentially harm people. And the fact that it doesn't degenerate into a monster-movie adds to the creepiness - you never really get to see the ghost (actually, you do but only in the form of light effects), and you never really get to understand what it is. That's part of any good horror movie - not entirely understanding what the monster is. And fear of the unknown is properly the basis of a good scary horror movie.
The rape of the victim is not, by any means, gratuitous. And that is another reason I cannot call it a monster-movie. Monster-movies relish in gratuities, and in this film, there aren't any. The subject matter is handled rather realistically and sensibly in a way that is convincing. Though there is nudity, it is brief (and I believe in some scenes, the nudity was actually fake props - I don't believe those were really her breasts, but rubber hollow replicas used in the "groping" scenes). The movie focuses on the effects of the assaults in a way that makes it a rape movie with a supernatural twist. But the emotional pain and trauma of the victim is explored and handled realistically (she seeks out counseling until she is convinced herself that she's not crazy).
All in all, I found this to be a creepy movie. It's not on the same level of horror as the Exorcist, but it does have its creepiness that, to me, makes it a successful ghost story.
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