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Posted February 24, 2003
A Bad Dream?
This is the fictionalized version of the true life accounts of Carlotta Moran (played by Barbara Hershey - ''The Right Stuff'', ''The Natural'', ''Hoosiers'' & ''Beaches'') which took place in Los Angeles in October of 1976 and since. She is terrorized by an unseen entity or poltergeist in the worst possible ways imaginable, as it repeatedly rapes her, breaks her sons right arm, and takes her for a hellish joyride in her car. Later she feels that there are actually 3 of these poltergeists (2 to help and assist the first one by holding her down while it rapes her). With bruises and her children's eyewitness accounts, she goes to get help from a recommended psychiatrist, Phil Schneidermann (played by Ron Silver - ''Silkwood'', ''Reversal Of Fortune'', ''Blue Steel'' & ''TimeCop''). He is convinced that this is all ''in her head'' and are manifestations of self-inflicted harm stemming from her abnormal childhood. Everytime that she follows his advice however, the attacks become worse...and she is forced to accept that these attacks are indeed real, and not a part of her own psyche. She turns to doctors that deal in the paranormal as they are soon embroiled in her tortuous life at home. They are convinced that she is telling the truth after a couple of incidents that they themselves have now witnessed, and agree to try to entrap this entity by freezing it. The attempt fails...and Carla is now left with no real answers. Just the realization that this will never end. Carla (who must now be in her 60's or even 70's today) has moved at least 5 times since the original incidents and still reports attacks, though they have lessened in frequency and intensity. Apparently there was a real-life photo taken of Carlotta Moran that was published in the magazine ''Popular Photography'' to help substantiate her story, that shows the entity in arcs of light above her head. I have searched the web over and have not seen this photo. The movie is very well filmed, and though it is not a scary movie as most scary movies go, it is frightening to think that perhaps this really did happen, or could still. I recommend this movie. And it deserves its place in the Horror genre.
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Posted December 21, 2013
Don't know why people are busy giving this movie 2 and 3 stars,
Don't know why people are busy giving this movie 2 and 3 stars, this was an exceptional horror movie and one I'm proud to have in my collection. For a very long time this movie was OOP and selling for ridiculous amounts of money, people went far and wide to own it. Now that it's been re-released, people want to give it 2 or 3 stars? I don't get it. I find this movie as entertaining today as it was when it was initially released. This is what horror is all about, not the torture porn they keep pumping out in its place.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 1, 2013
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