Entity

Entity

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Director: Sidney J. Furie

Cast: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa

     
 

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Another "true story" of dubious authenticity, The Entity concerns a libidinous invisible presence. This unseen force repeatedly rapes poor Barbara Hershey, who can't get anyone to believe her stories of sexual assault. Frankly, she doesn't believe them herself until she undergoes therapy conducted by experts in both psychology and the supernatural. The entity,See more details below

Overview

Another "true story" of dubious authenticity, The Entity concerns a libidinous invisible presence. This unseen force repeatedly rapes poor Barbara Hershey, who can't get anyone to believe her stories of sexual assault. Frankly, she doesn't believe them herself until she undergoes therapy conducted by experts in both psychology and the supernatural. The entity, a great, hairy blob, is ultimately tricked into materializing, an act of revelation that proves to be its downfall. The Entity was adapted by Frank de Felitta from his own novel.

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This big budget entry from the early '80s horror boom is one of the most underrated of that genre. The Entity succeeds despite potentially exploitative subject matter because it tells its story in a serious, respectful style. Frank de Felitta's script devotes as much time to building three-dimensional characters and detailing the inner workings of psychology and parapsychology as it does creating shocks. As a result, the horrific parts of the tale are more effective because they are couched in a compelling reality. That said, The Entity never feels like anything less than a horror movie, thanks to forceful direction by Sidney J. Furie, who uses moody cinematography from Stephen Burum and an obsessive, minimalist score by Charles Bernstein to create an edgy, off-kilter atmosphere guaranteed to keep the audience tense between the set pieces. Finally, and most importantly, The Entity hooks the viewer thanks to phenomenal performances. Barbara Hershey gives a warm, totally credible performance as a decent, strong woman thrust into a bizarre situation, and Ron Silver adds excellent support as a well-meaning psychologist whose desire to find a rational explanation harms the situation as often as it helps. On the downside, a few of the makeup effects aren't very convincing (especially when compared with strong physical and visual effects) and the open-ended coda might turn off some viewers, but the overall craftsmanship of the film is too strong to be denied. In short, The Entity is worthy of rediscovery by horror fans who want a little substance with their shocks.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/03/2012
UPC:
0013132437996
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
15,719

Special Features

The Entity Files - an all-new documentary, Directed by Perry Martin, about the true-life "Entity" case, featuring Parapsychologist Dr. Barry Taff; Theatrical Trailer; Poster and Still Gallery; DVD-ROM: Original Screenplay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Hershey Carla Moran
Ron Silver Phil Schneidermann
David Labiosa Billy
George Coe Dr. Weber
Margaret Blye Cindy Nash
Jacqueline Brookes Dr. Cooley
Richard Brestoff Gene Kraft
Michael Alldredge George Nash
Sully Boyar Mr. Reisz
John Branagan Student
Melanie Gaffin Kim
Chris Howell Guard
Amy Kirkpatrick Student
Curt Lowens Dr. Wilkes
Allan Rich Dr. Walcott
Alex Rocco Jerry Anderson
Natasha Ryan Julie
Raymond Singer Joe Mehan
Tom Stern Woody Browne
Paula Victor Dr. Chevalier
Lee Wilkof Dr. L. Hase
Mark Weiner Intern

Technical Credits
Sidney J. Furie Director
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Frank de Felitta Screenwriter
Michael Leone Executive Producer
Joe Lombardi Special Effects
Andrew D.T. Pfeffer Executive Producer
Charles Rosen Production Designer
Harold Schneider Producer
Frank J. Urioste Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Entity
1. Another Long Day (Main Titles) [5:11]
2. Invisible Intruder [7:32]
3. Friendly Advice [6:08]
4. Aftermath [4:56]
5. Not Alone? [4:13]
6. Driven To Madness [4:29]
7. Bath Attack [5:48]
8. The Evidence [3:41]
9. House Visit [9:47]
10. The Trouble With Carla [4:16]
11. Pillow Talk [5:46]
12. Submission [7:07]
13. Witness [4:51]
14. Psychology vs. Parapsychology [12:26]
15. "Show Yourself!" [4:40]
16. Homecomiing [6:42]
17. The Glass House [7:38]
18. No More Psychology [5:16]
19. The Entity [11:52]
20. End Credits [2:28]

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