This is for the 2015 (1st) edition of the list. For the 2016 (2nd) edition, go here.
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…
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I quite highly recommend "The Entity." It takes a lot of wrong turns, but the stuff it does well it does amazingly well. The DVD cover and plot description make it seem like an exploitation flick, but it’s the exact opposite: this is a straight-up feminist tale, of a female rape victim who defeats the male establishment by forcing them to acknowledge her pain, overcoming their obstinate rationalizations and victim-blaming attitudes.
.....But it’s so close to being perfect! A few changes could have added more ambiguity and made a much more interesting movie, one that actually forces the audience to consider the possibility that she really is “faking” the rapes. The first two thirds of the movie…
Barbara Hershey is fantastic, and the attack scenes are quite harrowing, but this movie probably could have benefitted from cutting 15 or 20 extra minutes. It also gets a little wacky toward the end, but overall this is a pretty great haunted house flick that seems to have fallen through the cracks a bit. I'm surprised it took me this long to see it.
La cose più interessanti di questo discreto horror diretto dallo scafato Sidney J. Furie sono gli attacchi e le conseguenti violenze carnali che subisce una splendida Barbara Hershey (sicuramente non lasciano indifferenti noi maschietti). Gli effetti speciali sono ridotti al minimo e fanno tutto sommato il loro lavoro. L'ultima parte del film però è debole e il finale brutto e un po' ridicolo.
The subject matter felt pretty cheap and sleazy to me, especially since the main character had to raped multiple times throughout the film. Yeesh. But this could also pass as commentary on how people don't believe when someone says they were raped and if that was the filmmakers' idea then this does have something redeemable to it after all.
Builds up suspense nicely and Hershey is good in this. Silver doesn't seem to get his role very well, but makes up for it with (over)eagerness. Feels a lot like Poltergeist meets an 80's T&A slasher.
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…
This is one of those films has more meaning when watched 30 years after its release.
A single mother who's being terrorized by a poltergeist turns to some parapsychologists for help. Loved the ending :)
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Mirrors and Dutch angles a-go-go. Pretty good, although I felt they could have played off the supernatural vs rational a lot more (its pretty clear from the outset it's supernatural). Great soundtrack drums!
Por donde empiezo.
El Ente es un peliculón que disfraza de película de terror a-la-Poltergesit una de las metáforas más brutas, sin concesiones y burras de las pesadillas de una mujer atrapada en un mundo que la juzga constantemente. Una vida de errores que, mira tu por donde, le han dado una familia que la quiere por encima de todo.
No se me escapa que la casa esté en mitad de una cuesta y que su director planifique a lo maestro planos torcidos, siempre, como una amenaza constante. Los penes que escupen helio al final no es sutileza, pero sí una tirada a la piscina muy bestia para llevar la carga filosófica hasta el final(azo), con todas sus consecuencias.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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