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The Entity (1982)

It just might be one of the scariest ghost movies I have ever seen.  There are few words to describe the sheer terror that this film, a classic tale of the supernatural, stirs up within me.  Time to keep one eye open in the night again, because The Entity is back in action, doing what it does best: terrifying audiences of all ages.

"The Entity remains a disturbing look at the supernatural forces.  Even if, in the film’s goofy ending, it abandons all logic and goes off the deep end"


The Entity, based on the 1978 novel of the same name, is damned uncomfortable.  A ghost that rapes?  Chilling.  The film, directed by Sidney J. Furie is wicked-smart in its tension and in its supernatural handling as a young Barbara Hershey, in the role of a single mother, is repeatedly attacked and raped by a ghost.  With few who believe her, she’s faced to deal with it alone until a friend helps, but even that is not enough to escape the violent attacks of this vengeful force. 

The film’s lasting effect might have more to do with author/screenwriter Frank De Felitta than it does the woman who’s story it is based off of, one Doris Bither.  Google her name and the case itself.  The picture of the orbs around her is interesting, but there is more than enough evidence to dispute her claims of being raped by three ghosts.  Believe her or doubt her.

None of that matters, though, because The Entity, now on blu-ray thanks to a wonderfully on-point handling by Scream Factory, is a damned classing tale of traumatizing supernatural attacks. 

Co-starring Ron Silver as Dr. Sneiderman, David Labiosa as Billy Moran, George Coe as Dr. Weber, and Margaret Blye as Cindy Nashand, The Entity remains a disturbing look at the supernatural forces.  Even if, in the film’s goofy ending, it abandons all logic and goes off the deep end with a plan to trap or bait the unseen force with liquid helium in order to “freeze” it, this film – with several unforgettable moments of sheer terror – will cause you pause when alone in your home.  What was that moving the curtains?  A breeze?  Is the window even open?! The Entity (1982)

Mixing science with the supernatural is never a good idea for the cinema, though.  There has to be a precise balance.  The Entity goes a bit overboard with the scientific explanations and, about halfway through this haunted tale of misery and poltergeist-like happenings, attempts to school us on the science behind ghostly shenanigans and possible explanations for how childhood traumas can seem like supernatural events.  The psycho-babble does end, though, and the haunts take over, saving this movie from being dismissed by our brains as complete gobbledygook, à la John Boorman’s excursion into explaining away the supernatural in Exorcist II: The Heretic

Welcome home, cunt.  The Entity is now on blu-ray thanks to this Collector’s Edition from Scream Factory.

4/5 beers

The Entity (1982)

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Blu-ray Details:

Collector's Edition

Home Video Distributor: Arrow
Available on Blu-ray
- June 11, 2019
Screen Formats: 2.39:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

With a new 2K scan of the original camera negative, Scream Factory gives fans of this little shocker something to celebrate.  The images are crisp and detailed and retain their edges.  Framed in a tight 1:85:1 aspect ratio, this 1080p transfer is good, good stuff.  Colors are bold.  Shadows run deep and the crisp textures in the walls and in the backgrounds of this slasher are focused.  The DTS-HD stereo soundtrack is perfectly suited for the film. 

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • There is a new commentary with Author/Filmmaker Daniel Kremer (Sidney J. Furie: Life And Films) that is quite interesting and full of insights about the making of the movie.

Special Features:

This Collector’s Edition is packed full of NEW interviews concerning the movie and its legacy.

  • NEW Inner Strength – An Interview With Actress Barbara Hershey
  • NEW Seeing Is Believing – An Interview With Actor David Labiosa
  • NEW High Dread – An Interview With Composer Charles Bernstein
  • NEW Spirits & Sprocket Holes – An Interview With Editor Frank J. Urioste
  • Trailers From Hell – The Entity With Audio Commentary By Luca Guadagnino (Suspiria - 2018)
  • The Entity Files Featurette
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Original TV Spots
  • Original Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
  • Blu-ray Rating:
  Movie 4/5 stars
  Video  4/5 stars
  Audio 4/5 stars
  Extras 4/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

4/5 stars

The Entity (1982)

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
125 mins
Director
: Sidney J. Furie
Writer:
Frank De Felitta
Cast:
Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
Something evil is after Carla Moran, and it will stop at nothing to get her.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Beautiful day outside, isn't it? Nothing like good old southern California for lots of sunshine!"
Theatrical Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox
Official Site:
Release Date:
February 4, 1983
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
June 11, 2019
Synopsis: Oscar®-nominee* Barbara Hershey (the Insidious series, Black Swan) stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother whose life becomes a nightmare when she is attacked in her bedroom by someone – or something – that she cannot see. Disbelieved by her friends and dismissed by skeptical psychiatrists, Carla begins to lose her grip as she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and even in front of her children. Could this be a case of hysteria, a manifestation of childhood sexual trauma, or something even more horrific? Seeking help from a group of daring parapsychologists, Carla will attempt an unthinkable experiment: to seduce, trap and ultimately capture the depraved spectral fury that is The Entity.

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