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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…
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…
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.
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…
I knew this movie was about a lady who was raped by an invisible demon/ghost, but I didn't realize just how *much* she was raped. There are like 10 instances of sexual assault throughout the film. So definitely not recommended for everyone.
It was hard to watch, for sure, but it is also eerily relevant given the national discussion about consent and rape culture. Here is a woman who is begging to be believed, but very few people around her can bring themselves to do so. Of course, that's no surprise, given her assailant is invisible and no one else has found any evidence of its existence, but the viewer knows what happened, we have seen what is…
Purely upsetting. What if the most horrific thing was even more horrific? Barbara Hershey is so amazing in it. And I loved that this terrible thing is happening to her, and she’s able to endure and fight, but then the man in her life just sees it once, and is like “I’m not strong enough for this.” I’m curious about the real story it’s based on, but also I kinda don’t want to know because as it’s presented here, it’s perfect. Disturbing and scary and sad, and so fucking upsetting.
Movie Name: The Entity
IMDb Ratings: 6.6
Why: odd horror movie is great
My Ratings: 7 - #Good
Tagline: A Story So Shocking, So Threatening, It Will Frighten You Beyond All Imagination
Hot Barbara Hershey. Panic-like score. Impressive effects.
Too loud and long at sometimes.
I really wanted to like this one. It had great potential: good acting, a disturbing and somewhat unique concept, a brooding atmosphere, etc. Still, it didn't hit me nearly as hard as I expected it would. There are some effective scenes, but it really did not need to be over two hours long. A lot of it drags, and the ending is a huge disappointment which pretty much renders the film pointless. Technically speaking, The Entity is well made, but I doubt I'll ever feel like watching it again.
This is a rough, not fun movie. Well performed by Barbara Hershey - but man, it's not a good one for an Dusk-Til-Dawn Horrorthon. Really sucks the life out of you. Ghost attacking a woman.
Stephen H. Burum’s cinematography is beautiful, and it’s easy to see why Brian De Palma tapped him to compose his split-focus diopter shots soon after. Otherwise there’s not a lot to praise here. Just watch Poltergeist to experience all the fun of a family grappling with an antagonistic ghost with none of the spectral sexual assault.
The most repetitive movie ever made, until the production runs out of film so it just ends abruptly mid-scene.
Well-acted, disturbing, and metaphorically rich.
Movie #17 of my 31 Horror Movies in October Challenge.
Barbara Hershey is a woman who thinks she's being sexually violated by an otherworldly being and Ron Silver is her psychologist who thinks she's merely reliving old traumas. Fine acting all around but marred by some excrutiating pacing in the middle (only picking up again when Hershey runs into a pair of paranormal investigators in a book store) and a thoroughly lackluster ending.
Slow moving but intense poltergeist story. Barbara Hersey and Ron Silver absolutely kill it.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…