After single mother Carla Moran (Academy Award® nominee Barbara Hershey, Beaches) is violated and attacked by a seemingly invisible force she seeks the help of therapist Dr. Phil Sneiderman (Ron Silver, Timecop). Convinced Carla’s traumatic past is more akin to self-harm than anything supernatural, Sneiderman dismisses the wild claim. However, an insistent Carla invites two college students with an interest in the paranormal to visit her house in order to help her foil another visit from her terrifying invisible attacker.
Directed by Sidney J. Furie (Iron Eagle) and based on the novel by Frank De Felitta, The Entity is an intensely eerie supernatural suspense tale, in the creepy vein of Poltergeist, The Exorcist and The Omen.
The Entity is a somewhat erotic supernatural thriller, released in 1982, and starring Barbara Hershey and Ron Silver’s Beard. The story revolves around Hershey’s character, Barbara, who is suffering from mysterious nighttime sexual assaults at the hands of a man who isn’t there. After everyone tells her she has a mental illness, she begins seeing Dr. Sneiderman(Silver) who tries to equate everything she’s going through, ,visible injuries and all, to childhood trauma. Once she grows tired of this tactic, she seeks the help of university parapsychologists as she desperately tries to stop the nocturnal attacks.
I have seen The Entity several times, most of which were when I was younger, on VHS, but it never really resonated with me. Watching it as an adult, I found the characters a lot easier to relate to, and the story fascinating. It’s based on a true story, though highly fictionalized, so that makes it all the more interesting. What I found refreshing was the fact that the movie scarcely resorts to jump scares in order to rope the audience in. This one is all about the story itself. Don’t get me wrong, there are frightening, effective supernatural scenes in The Entity, but no false scares, like a shrieking musical cue as a book falls from the shelf, such as the Paranormal Activity franchise often employs. It’s a well written supernatural thriller, with interesting characters, and a story to tell. This isn’t standard haunted house fare, and I find it to be more effective because of that.
Umbrella Entertainment’s Blu-ray release of the film is well above par. The sound is fantastic, and the PQ is on point. On several different occasions a slight bit of print damage popped up on the screen, which adds to the effect. The grain structure is present, while the image retains a crisp level of clarity. Extras consist of two featurettes/retrospectives, and the theatrical trailer and a still Gallery. Umbrella’s Blu-ray release of The Entity is now available, and you can buy your own copy by visiting their website here.
- (Extra)Finding a Voice: A Conversation with composer Charles Bernstein
- (Extra)Robert McNaughton Remembers The Entity
- (Extra)Theatrical trailer
- (Extra)Poster and Stills gallery
- Resolution: 1080p
- Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English SDH Subtitles