The Entity was written by Frank De Felitta and adapted from his book of the same name (which was based upon the accounts of Doris Bither), and directed by Sidney J. Furie. It stars Barbara Hershey and Ron Silver, and costars Margaret Blye, Richard Brestoff, Raymond Singer, Jacqueline Brookes, Alex Rocco and David Labiosa.
It was masterfully photographed by Brian Di Palma’s longtime cinematographer Stephen H. Burum, and it was scored by genre and horror composer Charles Bernstein, who also created the iconic score for A Nightmare on Elm Street.
Carla Moran (Hershey) is a struggling single mother, who suddenly finds herself the target of an evil, unseen malevolent force. After her therapist (Silver) fails to cure her, and others begin to witness the violent attacks, she seeks out the help of a controversial team of paranormal investigators.
The most prominent difference between this and other ghostly horror movies is the nature of the supernatural attacks. The ghost in The Entity isn’t satisfied with simply moving objects and breaking stuff… this ghost is a rapist.
The Entity is a frightening, supernatural horror movie that I rate 9/10. It fits in rather nicely somewhere between The Exorcist and Poltergeist. If you like those, check out The Entity before Roy Lee and James Wan remake it in 2017.
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Ryan Stockstad is a Los Angeles filmmaker with a passion for horror, documentary and experimental cinema. He has written articles for HC Magazine, Mostly Harmless Magazine and various blogs and websites. He has lectured on topics as diverse as low budget filmmaking, short story structure, and the influence of the Spanish Civil War on surrealist cinema. He hosts new episodes of Pop Culture Beast's Halloween Horror Picks every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in October.