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Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother until the night she is raped in her bedroom by someone - or something - that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific?
Took me a second to realise that this is the film from which Tscherkassky made Outer Space and I can easily see why he de-constructed this. Furie dispels any sense of safety after the first five minutes framing literally ever shot during the more intense moments in a way so as to turn everything within it into an abstraction - making us feel as though we're glancing through at Hershey from the other side. I think it's pretty much pointless to even try and judge this as simply a horror film, a label which, no doubt, brings to mind the thought that this is a piece of sensationalism that rides off a concept which sounds very much like just…
De verdad os digo que no os fiéis de ninguna crítica de 'El ente' que no destaque lo increíblemente certera que está Barbara Hershey y la absoluta excelencia de una puesta en escena que consiste en enlazar un plano perfecto detrás de otro, para crear algo que es mucho más que una película de terror con fantasmas; es un destilado perfecto de ambiguedad, histeria y tema sexual chungo. Y ojo, ya sabéis que no me importaría en absoluto que fuera SOLO una película de fantasmas, pero es que en este caso no lo es. Es mucho más.
So... every beat of this thing, until the huge recreation of her house in the gymnasium ending, is based on a true story...
You're lucky, movie. Real lucky.
Because, without that stone cold fact knocking you back into your chair, this film is kind of a 125-minute torture fest that ends metaphorically the same way A Serbian Film ends. (Which is to say, it won't.) Deciding to make a horror film that is non-subtextually about rape could be viewed as not-the-wisest of choices. Especially when there is never once any explanation about how or why it's happening, which always threatens to render it a gratuitous and sadistic device, and it opens a freaking huge can of worms like Ghosts Have…
Equal parts Posession and Poltergeist, The Entity is a disturbing horror movie that features an amazing performance by Barbara Hershey.
The Entity throws its audience into the deep end right off the bat, and from there on, pretty much anything could happen. Barbara Hershey gives all that she has to the role, and then some. Her performance makes already disturbing material all that more disturbing and hard to watch.
The Entity is not an easy watch, but it is a very interesting one.
After a lot of complaining from my part, finally my city is hosting a Horror festival! Anamoty of Fear is showing for free classic horror movies from the 80s and I decided to start with The Entity, one of the very few from their setlist I hadn't seen yet.
The Entity is absolutely fascinating! It's such a breath-taking and unconfortable experience, and what impressed me the most is how everything works perfectly, it hasn't aged a single bit. Barbara Hershey's performance is an instant favorite! There are lots of memorable moments and it is the biggest influence for one of my favorite contemporary movies, Insidious, which was quite a surprise for me. The soundtrack and the twisted camera angles stood…
Even though the "And it was all true!" credit at the end made me groan (the brief research I did tells me that a similar case was reported, but intense amounts of theatrics and thrilling stuff are added), I still, uh, not enjoyed...appreciated The Entity?
"Spectral rape" was not something I was exactly excited to watch, but I've heard some good things about this movie, so I just decided to watch it. (And I was supposed to watch it back in Hoop-tober but I rewatched something that I owned instead.) The assault scenes are uncomfortable, but not as exploitative as you might expect (minimal nudity, most of the focus on her face), but. Barbara Hershey does her best in crafting…
I feel like I maybe need to watch this again to fully appreciate it but I really don't want to. Viewing sporadic ghost-rapes ain't something I wanna devote to much time to. Maybe at some point. Cool sounds and a p good movie with some solid performances but yeah, rubber it.
Pretty nasty. Some great practical effects, and convincing performances. Graphic and frequent rape scenes will limit the audience for this one. It's an invisible baddy doing the attacks, but it's still intense.
This is the kind of based-on-a-true-story horror that surprises you when you find out which parts were supposedly true.
It gets a bit silly towards the end, and feels extremely long, but really is a pretty good spooker.
Also, a really good companion piece to Stranger Things. This was made in 1982 so the 80s set dressing is truly authentic.
A single mother of three seeks help after she is sexually attacked by a violent supernatural force. Director Sidney J. Furie tries to do his best by creating some sort of The Exorcist meets Poltergeist, but the weak script lets him down.
Solidly unsettling poltergeist entry, just that bit too terrifying to veer into exploitation. Barbara Hershey gives 110% and is crucial to the film's success as is the invasive atmosphere Sidney J Furie summons for the repeated attacks and the creepy effects.
I can't think of anything that would be more terrifying than sexual assault from an invisible force you are powerless to stop. This is a terrifying movie in its premise if in no other way, and there's no shortage of tension. Tremendous sound design.
Although I've seen this movie several times over the years, it still give me goosebumps and the heebie jeebies to watch it. I can see why Martin Scorsese considers this to be one of his top most scary horror movies!
“Mas allá de la realidad física, mas allá del éxtasis y el dolor, a un submundo oscuro de la verdad pisco-sexual”, esto es lo que rezaba en la sobrecubierta del libro que escribió Frank de Felitta sobre los hechos ocurridos a comienzos de los setenta a Doris Bither (Carla Moran) y que Sidney J. Furie adapto a la gran pantalla cuatro años después.
Una de las películas mas terroríficas de la época que fue eclipsada por fenómenos cinematográficos como “Poltergeist”, o “El Exorcista”, pero de un interés mayúsculo por tratarse de uno de los casos reales que impactaron a la sociedad y al mundo de la parapsicología del momento. Una mujer de mediana edad es atacada sexualmente por un ente…
habría agradecido media hora menos.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…