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A Movie A Day: THE ENTITY (1983)
Welcome home, c*!#.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with the next installment of A Movie A Day: Halloween 2010 edition! [For the entirety of October I will be showcasing one horror film each day. Every film is pulled from my DVD shelf or streamed via Netflix Instant and will be one I haven’t seen. Unlike my A Movie A Day or A Movie A Week columns there won’t necessarily be connectors between each film, but you’ll more than likely see patterns emerge day to day.]

Hoo, boy. I wanted to put something a little more family friendly in the sub-head quote, but really there’s only one quote from the movie that stands out, one of the final lines of a ghostly evil voice telling the distressed Barbara Hersey “Welcome home, cunt.” This is a rough fuckin’ movie, man. And supposedly based on a true story to boot. I can take my ghosts sympathetic (The Sixth Sense), I can take my ghosts drunk (High Spirits), I can take my ghosts mean (The Legend of Hell House), but I draw the line at rape-ghosts. I think that’s a stance people of all nationalities, races, creeds and political affiliation can unanimously take. Barbara Hersey is a single mother with a troubled past who is intruded upon one night in her bedroom as her kids sleep one room over. And by intruded upon I mean savagely raped. The doors are locked, the windows bolted and the attacker is never seen by us or Hersey herself. The majority of the movie plays with the question is there a ghost or is it all in Hersey’s mind? One of the missteps the movie takes is showing us too quickly that it is indeed a supernatural occurrence in a scene where Hersey is again molested, but this time in front of her teenage son, who is electrocuted… by ghost lightning, I guess… and throw backwards, unable to help his mother. It’s a great scene, very off-putting and well executed, but then we get another half hour of Ron Silver, playing her psychiatrist, telling her that it’s all in her head. Sorry, the audience knows better at this point, so we just find ourselves waiting for the rest of the characters to catch up.

What is The Entity? Who is it? We are never told. It could be a random haunting or it could be more than that. Carla Moran had a rough childhood, born into a religious household with a preacher father that “held me the way a father isn’t supposed to hold his daughter.” There’s also her first husband, a young guy who turned to booze and pills when he knocked her up at 16, dying in a motorcycle accident. The impression I get is that it’s not one single person and not necessarily attached to her, but drawn to her fragile and cracked emotional state the way a shark is drawn to a wounded fish. Whatever it is, it’s mean, it’s brutal and it’s not afraid to show itself in front of other people, a welcome change of pace for this kind of movie. Ron Silver is surprisingly likeable as the doubting shrink and Hersey knocks it out of the park as Carla Moran. She straddles the line between victimization and strength perfectly.

After finishing the movie, I tweeted “The Entity is Poltergeist with 100% less dwarfs and tons more rape-ghosts.” True words, indeed. Poltergeist is a much, much better movie, no question, but the two share a similar feel. Both take place in the suburbs, both visualize beings from the other side, but Poltergeist attains a kind of effortless brilliance that few films can. It actually hurts The Entity a bit, this comparison, because it just can’t hold up. Jacquelin Brookes is a fine actress, but she’s no Zelda Rubinstein. A big green animated floating blob isn’t as amazing as ILM’s work. Charles Bernstein’s pounding trash-can lids score pales in comparison to Jerry Goldsmith’s brilliant score. But despite the similarities in subject matter and characters, if you can separate them in your mind you’ll really enjoy this flick. It’s quite different in that it takes a rather exploitative subject extremely seriously and gives a good go at making a strong character driven tale of the supernatural. Final Thoughts: Stan Winston built fake boobs to be squeezed by ghost fingers, so that alone should make the decision easy for most horror fans. The overall picture is flawed, marred by a score that sounds just like the one for Stephen King’s MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE and by an ending that goes a little cheesy with a possessed frozen helium gun. I’m not kidding. But the finale, post-cheese, is fairly dark and more disturbing than almost anything in the previous 2 hours. Great performances and a different type of R-rated studio film on the paranormal (and the Stan Winston boobs, of course) make this a solid recommend. Currently in print on DVD: YES
Currently available on Netflix Instant: YES

Here are the next week’s worth of AMAD titles: Thursday, October 7th: DOCTOR X (1932)

Friday, October 8th: THE RETURN OF DOCTOR X (1939)

Saturday, October 9th: THE TENANT (1976)

Sunday, October 10th: MAN IN THE ATTIC (1953)

Monday, October 11th: NEW YEAR’S EVIL (1980)

Tuesday, October 12th: PROPHECY (1979)

Wednesday, October 13th: THE OTHER (1972)

Tomorrow we go back to some classic horror with DOCTOR X! See you folks then! -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous AMAD 2010’s: - Raw Meat (1972)
- Ghost Story (1981)
Two on a Guillotine (1965)
- Tentacles (1977)
- Bad Ronald (1974) Click here for the full 215 movie run of A Movie A Day!

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  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by Lionsword


  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:49 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:50 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:51 p.m. CST

    There is an old sofcore porn version of The Entity

    by KilliK

    <p>and i dont mean as a parody,but as a serious horror movie with a lot of nude flesh.<br /> <br /> <p>i only remember the ending where a blond fully naked chick with big boobs,was raped by some cheesy light effects,then the light leaves the house,the terrified chick gets out in the balcony,watches the light on the sky and then the movie ends.<br /> <br /> <p>i suppose the trade of making porn versions of popular movies had been at least since the 80s,because i also remember a softcore porn comedy version of the Police was exactly the same concept but with a lot of nudity.i remember the movie ended with one of the cops thrown in the air when he crashed his bike and landing in the bedroom of a yacht,where there were 2 hot nude blond chicks who immediately started to make love with him.then the movie ends.<br /> <br /> <p>i am not kidding,both movies were from the 80s,obviously for the vhs we get more big-budget films from Hustler. ;)

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    First first first...and I mean FIRST

    by Lionsword

    And that was my first talkback EVER and I have been coming here for at least 5 years. I am so pleased with that. And I actually had to create an account and everything after I saw the entrance. AMAD is th eonly reaosn I like is always excellent and I love the October mix. The Entity is one of those "love or hate" movies, and I .......don't either :-) I will fall on the "they tried" side. As far as 80's horror goes it is on that era of experimentation that will never be re-created again. It could do well with a re-make, and improved upon IMHO, but they won't recapture the "spookiness" it has still. Sadly, it looks like that is gone nowadays by in large in our society, so filmakers are too lay to try and capture it. I have always enjoyed the movie, even though I think it tries to hard and fails at times. Did I mention I was first? In all these years I said "IF I ever do comment, it will be on AMAD, and if I ain't first, I ain't doing it." Please make AMAD AMAWeek or Month like promised.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Best ghost rape is in the DC of Hollow Man

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And isn't there a cue from the Entity score used in Inglourious Basterds (when Hans Landa appears behind Shoshanna in the French restaurant)?

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Oh man... THE OTHER!!!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    This is one of the most overlooked twisted movies ever... makes The Omen look like a joke. And it's not even about Satan. You're really on a roll this month!

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    There was an X-Files episode based on the movie

    by KilliK

    but instead of a ghost,it was the astral projection of an old resident in in a nursing home,who raped his nurse,using some kind of an exotic herb...<br /> <p>no wonder that overrated tvseries was eventually canceled.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Great review BTW Quint--as always

    by Lionsword

    I remember my brother coming home from the theatre and telling us about this....I did'nt see it till years later and it all he said happened came back. Creeped me out, but stopped short of what it was capapble of--I agree that they sorta showed too soon that it was real, made the end battle less climactic and Silvers just look dumb fo ran hour. <br> Should do a remake, a little closer to the source story which is facinating.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:01 p.m. CST

    If you got it Quint....

    by shiekybaby

    Not sure if you've seen it, but if you have Lady in White on your shelf (I checked and its not streaming on Netflix) give it a go one of these October days. It's family friendly, no gore, very little violence....but its a great ghost story that scared the shit out of me when I was a kid, and to this day the song haunts me if I hear it. The best way I can describe it is to say it is my The Princess Bride of scary movies. If you've already seen it, I'd be interested to know if you enjoyed it.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Lady In White

    by Lionsword

    Didn't Quint already do Lady In White? <s> Pretty sure he did. <p>Check and see, almost positive. GReat movie BTW

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Lady in White has been reviewed in AMAD

    by Lionsword

    I looked it up for you <p> Here is the link if it works <s>

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Oh, and Quint--thanks for keeping the tag clean

    by Lionsword

    I appreciate your keeping in SFW. <p> Not many here are that thouightful.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST

    Mutant Bear Attacks baby

    by Lionsword

    Can't wait for your review of Prophecy <p> Never seen the X movies....

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Pretty fucking creepy

    by Geekgasm

    And I agree, its all on Barbara Hershey. She sells it. And ROn Silver corned the market on playing pricks.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Wasn't there a quote at the end

    by HapaPapa72

    About how the real life lady was being haunted/attacked/etc. to this day? Of course, that was back in the 80s...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Well I'll be...

    by shiekybaby

    thanks for looking that up and posting it. And for not berating me for my post...are you sure you belong on these Talkbacks? Always wondered if there were others who knew and enjoyed that movie...

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    Cornered even

    by Geekgasm

    you know what I meant

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    I think he did Prophecy last year.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    The real "Carla Moran"

    by Fremen

    if I recall correctly, moved to Texas in the 70's or 80's and I think passed away sometime in 2000 or thereabouts.

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST


    by Lionsword

    No , he has it down for Oct 12th

  • Oct. 6, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST

    Green floating blob [possible spoiler]

    by ObiBen

    It's been a long while since I've seen this, but don't they freeze it at the end, just like in The Blob?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:05 a.m. CST

    OdiBen from what i recall

    by KilliK

    they used electrical discharges to kill it or something like that.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:08 a.m. CST


    by Lionsword

    You are welcome....we don't have to go with the flow of flotsama nd jetsom pays to be nice :-)

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    A true nightmare

    by MarkSingle

    The Entity is indeed a disturbing horrormovie. The beautiful Barbara Hershey not only gets raped by the entity, the movie also ends with the message that she'll never get rid of this monster. I saw this movie once and plan on never seeing it again.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:49 a.m. CST

    Breasts fondled by invisible hands

    by BenBraddock

    Now there's an FX shot that's stayed with me for years! I still wonder how he did it.. I kind of liked the score, those "trashcan lids" were very effective in heightening the terror of the attacks. As for the end ***SPOILER***yeah I seem to recall the spirit was trapped, frozen in a specially constructed chamber during an attack... which means it's still frozen to this day I guess (this being a true story and all). Intriguing thought!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Fox Movie Channel shows this occasionally

    by rainbowtrout1265

    This and The Exorcist are two films that still give me the creeps if I watch it late at night. And there are pics online somewhere from the real investigation that show an odd mist and electrical discharges in the air.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    true story my ass....

    by V'Shael

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:15 a.m. CST


    by The Dum Guy

    My mistake, but I could've sworn I've already read a review by Quint on it....<br><br>or maybe, I Dum.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    I was there on the set - no kidding! They had great chips & saus

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Hey - where's Barry Taff????????????

    by JonChambers

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Stan Winston's Boob Magic...

    by Flexfill this flick is awesome. It really blew our minds as we sat in a theater back in the day (sheltered youth of the 1980's) and watched a seriously hot Barbara Hershey getting thrown around by an apparition who liked to fondle her parts. Back then, it was totally convincing visually. I don't know how well the FX hold up today. It's not shown on pay cable much, but that's not surprising. It's kind of a lost film. I vividly remember the boobs though. Some things you carry with you for a lifetime.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:37 a.m. CST

    A while ago I read an interview with the son of the woman...

    by RedEgiraahgnal

    ...whose case the movie is based on. He said it was surprisingly accurate, although of course some things were typical hollywood. I wish I could find that interview.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST


    by RoarsLoudly

    It's here:

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:11 a.m. CST

    surprisingly accurate...

    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    ...except all the bullshit about a ghost raping people, obviously.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:12 a.m. CST


    by Dr Eric Vornoff

    Is the Xen short for xenophobic or are you a self-hating yank?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Fake boobs...

    by Righteous Brother

    I first saw the Entity when I was about 12 - and spent a long, long time trying to work out how they did the boob trick.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    re: green floaty blob

    by Fremen

    I recently re-watched this after first seeing it as a kid in the 80's, and ::spoiler:: the entity that they freeze in the replica house ends up breaking free from the liquid nitrogen and that's the voice that says' "Welcome home, cunt!" at the end of the movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST


    by scrote

    that is a seriously creepy link. Uh, thanks, I think.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    I saw this just a month ago for the first time


    And I gotta say my only complaint was the score, at least during the attack scenes. Its not just repetitous, its played to such an extent it becomes a running joke. Maybe its just me, but this is one of those rare movies, that would really benefit from a remake...assuming theres any studios still out there with the balls the make a rapeist ghost movie. Go on, I dare ya.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Poltergeist with ghost rapes......

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    That was about accurate, Because it was the early eighties and he was popular as shit back then, I like how the paranormal teams from both movies had the token brother that looked like Lionel Ritchie in them... What's up with that?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:26 a.m. CST


    by ArmageddonProductions

    There was a lot to like about this movie: I love the violent "trashcan lid" score whenever the Entity showed up, and all of the Entity scenes were handled surprisingly well (take note, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY!!!), plus the cast was unusually highbrow for this sort of thing. Not sure what your problem with the Brigham Young "ghost trap" scenes were, since this allegedly really happened (for the poster who stated the ghost was still frozen, it didn't take in the movie or in the alleged "real-life" version; it simply suspended the thing for a moment or two). In fact ...</p><p> ... do yourself a favor and Google "de Felitta Entity" to get the full scoop of what really went down. Frank de Felitta was the paranormal researcher/photographer who wrote the book (and the screenplay) on which THE ENTITY is based. In fact, the "Carla Moran" photographs from these sessions are considered to be some of the most compelling spirit photographs ever taken.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Ive read up on the


  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:36 a.m. CST

    ..true events this was based on


    And while they are quite creepy, and have been confirmed by on than one witness theres no denying the woman who was supposedly "raped" by a ghost had mental problems that were worsened by alcohol and deug addiction. Im not saying its a cetainty it didnt occur; a part of me believes in spiritual occurrences to a certain extent. But certainly the woman's drug and alcohol addictions dont help her case

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Welcome home cunt...

    by jack Bauer

    That's the standard welcome I get in my house ;)

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:59 a.m. CST

    "True events" -

    by V'Shael

    She claimed a lot of crap, then once the investigators got on board, she decided to do a runner instead.<br /><br />Frank de Felitta played fast and lose with what little facts there were.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see this one remade...

    by cifra

    ... probably by Darren Aronofsky and with Anna Paquin starring. It probably would be a soooo cool film. Also, Paranormal Activity owes this movie SO MUCH.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:20 a.m. CST

    The movie is not so much scary as unconfortable

    by AsimovLives

    It's the story of a woman who is constantly raped, for christ's sake!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Welcome home, cunt. My wife got a doormat that says that.

    by ricarleite2

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:48 a.m. CST

    Jack Bauer

    by ricarleite2

    Almost beat me to it

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:05 a.m. CST

    I masturbated to this when I was 12

    by hst666

    Sue me - nudity was nudity.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Who is Barbara Hersey?

    by vic twenty

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    Dig out your VCR and give "Sssssss" a try

    by 2for2true

    Too bad this film isn't available on DVD - or if it is, I've yet to see this '73 film with Strother Martin and Dirk Benedict in anything other than VHS.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Legend of Hell House, you say?

    by belasco_house

    Also known as... Belasco House?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:42 a.m. CST

    Great name for a rock band - Welcome Home Cunt

    by 2for2true

    Probably an Abba trib band...

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:55 a.m. CST


    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Thanks, but this was not what I was reading. It was a real interview with the son. It appeared on a website that was about people who have experiences with hauntings and stuff like that. I try to find it.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:59 a.m. CST


    by RedEgiraahgnal

    I just checked THE ENTITY on Wikipedia and it had a link to the interview (who looks a lot like Chuck Norris!)<br>

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST


    by dude_gimme_tabs

    Your comment about all races, creeds etc. drawing the line at rape intrigues me. Travelled much???

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    Never seen this. Sounds...interesting.

    by Stuntcock Mike


  • Oct. 7, 2010, 8:58 a.m. CST

    Saw this in the theater back on release...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...and yes, it is a very creepy movie. I remember the audience in the theater being very, very quiet....Stunned, I guess.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:02 a.m. CST

    The Tenant

    by McSatan

    Not really of fan of the Entity or the Prophecy, but I can't wait to read your take on The Tenant. It is a genuinely strange and fascinating movie.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Interview with one of the sons...

    by therealkente

    Im suprised no one has linked this yet. Goes pretty indepth about ...well...everything you want to know.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Also...remake alert

    by therealkente

    Apparently the writer/director of the original ringu (Hideo Nakata) Is trying to do a remake.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST


    by Darthkrusty

    is a nice, eerie film. I wish the other Tom Tryon book that was made into a made-for-tv movie, DARK SECRET OF HARVEST HOME, was available on dvd. I think an expensive & heavily edited version is out there. Also, Ssssss is available on dvd. Looks like Strother Martin did some for real snake wranglin in that cool flick. Great make-up effects for that one as well.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:23 a.m. CST

    once is enough

    by belledame

    saw it on cable as a ten year-old. as i recall, the entity was at first "making love" to her in her sleep and she was kinda confused. then she woke up in the middle and saw the shape of a man in the room. and then the violence ensued. also, i thought the ending states she moved away to texas and was still being attacked. awful. i've always been afraid that story might be true. not "inspired by" or "based on" true, but just plain true.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Extra dimensional Bed Intruder

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Re: Interview with one of the sons

    by Rendell

    Very interesting and disturbing, I know that there are a lot of sceptics that would dismiss such a story out of hand but I'd recommend that they read it for themselves. Sure, there are a lot of frauds and explainable phenomena out there but there ARE a small number of cases (of which this is one) which defy rational explanation.<p><p>I'm talking to you V'shael...

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Anyone catch the sample from this in BASTERDS?

    by the Green Gargantua

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Re: The Actual Case/V'Shael

    by ArmageddonProductions

    de Felitta's book and screenplay were based mainly around the actual physical evidence (which, aside from witnessing the attacks firsthand, also included the aforementioned spirit photography), and the victim's claims were more augmentative in nature. perhaps you're confusing de Felitta with Jay Anson, the dude who helped make the Lutz family a bundle with "The Amityville Horror"?

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST

    Ohhhh this is why South Park

    by Series7

    Entitled that one episode the Entity. Because that machine rapes you!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Begging for a Remake


    I found this movie deeply disappointing when I first saw it. It's a horror movie that could unquestionably be remade in a manner that makes for a much more compelling, contemporary horror movie. Ending, score, and nothing against Stan Winston, but the fx for this one did not do it for me. Also, not a big fan of Barbara Hershey in the role. Might make me an apostate, but I found her hard to empathize with, and you want to empathize with the main character in a movie like this.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    I've heard Barbara Hershey refuses to talk about this film.

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    In any interview she does, she specifically tells the interviewer that questions about "The Entity" are off limits. Apparently, she's rather embarrassed about her role in this film. So I've heard through the grapevine anyway.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Series7: Machine R*pe


    Check out Demon Seed, if you've never seen it. It's online. Do a Google Video search for Demon Seed. Starring Julie Christie, who was crazy hot at the time. And that rapidly whirling death diamond . . . that was some awesome 70s sci-fi. Could have been a little more softcore (instead of just soft), but still a good flick.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Reluctant Austinite


    "Apparently, she's rather embarrassed about her role in this film"<br><br>Watch the film--she looks embarrassed to be in it. She must have been talked into against her will, or really needed the money, or something. It's one of those cases where for much of the film (to me, at least) it looks like the lead actress just can't wait to get it over and done with.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by RedEgiraahgnal

    Look 5 posts above yours ;)

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Ooooooo...give me a break.

    by vettebro

    If you believe this bullshit or Amityville Horror, you need to do some research. Doris Bithers was mental with a troubled past and AH was a hoax. Hollywood is make believe people. For fucks sake...

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:25 a.m. CST

    From The Prophecy and the ridiculous bear monster

    by skimn

    to the psychological of The Other. Tom Tryon was on a mini roll back in the early seventies, kind of a Stephen King, just before King had Carrie published. <p>And The Prophecy's sleeping bag attack has been discussed quite a bit on this site. Watch with a six pack. You'll need it.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Here is the street view of the "Entity" house...

    by vettebro

    There is a family of scary Mexicans living there now. Oooooo.... <P>,+Culver+City,+CA&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=55.937499,115.839844&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=11547+Braddock+Dr,+Culver+City,+Los+Angeles,+California+90230&ll=33.997663,-118.410822&spn=0.00181,0.004557&t=h&z=19&layer=c&cbll=33.997752,-118.410757&panoid=j_WR4Mug1lWRk4WLxv3iWg&cbp=12,305.39,,0,10.99

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:45 a.m. CST

    Similarities to "Poltergeist"

    by DrSeaton

    There were allegations that the similarities between "The Entity" and "Poltergeist" weren't totally coincidental (and, supposedly, Barbara Hershey was a "sometime companion" of Spielberg): From: "In 1981, Clemens had obtained a first draft copy of the Poltergeist script, but was counseled by his attorney to wait and see what similarities remained in the finished movie. The first draft had prompted author/director Frank DeFelitta to protest a scene he felt was lifted from his film "The Entity" (to be released by 20th Century Fox next spring) in which a mother is literally raped by a ghost. In that case, the script was changed." On the other hand, it was also reported that the scene of Diane Freeling getting raped by the ghost was changed to just being pulled up the wall so as not to endanger the film's PG I'm not sure what the exact truth on this one is.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Always thought it was less of a ghost

    by deelzbub

    and more like a demon.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Bravo Gargantua!

    by CyberVishnu

    I also caught the sample from ENTITY when Landa appeared behind Shoshanna. I quickly opened my mouth to tell my friends annnnnnnnd then realized none of them even had a clue what The Entity was. I don't know what's scarier. The movie, or the fact that Sidney Furie went on to direct SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    The Ghostbusters rape ghost scene

    by sweeneydave

    was much more wacky fun. And it also had a big green floating blob. They should remake this movie but replace Hershey with Akroyd! I demand!

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:18 p.m. CST

    Wow. Love Prophecy.

    by Nice Marmot

    If you haven't seen it, try to find the sleeping bag scene online somewhere. Hilarious.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 12:51 p.m. CST

    Frozen Ghost/Demon

    by Coordinate_System

    <P>Saw this movie as a kid, scared the hell out of me!</P> <P>Freezing a (presumably) non-corporeal entity (that is only "corporeal" when it wants to be) seems unlikely. I wonder what the "real-world" data from the Lab Scene is like.</P> <P>(I know, I know, "real-world" ghost/demon lab data sounds fake, but, as scientist and a believer in God, I like to keep an open mind about such things, even as I take all such paranormal claims with a grain of salt)</P>

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Disturbing Film

    by MGTHEDJ

    Tried to watch it a few months ago, couldn't take it. I've always liked Barbara Hershey. I have the same problem with the original "Last House on the Left." I understand the motive of the director, and I have to look away.<p>As to "Poltergeist" and "Entity" being very similar, that is true. Hollywood has always had competing projects. "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact", "Top Gun" and "Iron Eagle", among others.-------later-----m

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Admirable performance by the gorgeous Hershey...

    by thegreatwhatzit

    a very underrated actress.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST


    by RoarsLoudly


  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Thomas Tryon's The Other= Must Read Book!

    by SoylentMean

    The movie pales in comparison (kinda like Ghost Story) but it's still pretty good. Harvest Home and Night of the Moonbow are two other solid Horror novels by Tryon.<P> Goddamn I wish this site had a dedicated book section...

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Legend of Hell House???

    by Wilfy Fredericks

    That's the film where a ghost DOES go on a raping spree. Poor Pamela Franklyn is in a lot of bother with that movie. Love Quint and always love this feature but can't see how he's missed this when he mentions it in his own review.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Great little movie.

    by DocPazuzu

    It's like Poltergeist's evil twin or something. The Entity is genuinely creepy and unsettling with a very nasty streak running through it. It's amazing how much atmosphere and sheer terror filmmakers could convey only a couple of decades ago with a bare minimum of SFX, a score used sparingly and things suggested rather than shown. <p> Horror really is in the shitter these days.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    not a true story

    by darth_hideous

    the real carla moran was a crazy lady who wanted to sell books

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Where's the H

    by Perceptor

    Great review Quint. As a kid this was one of my favorites but did you realize that you misspelled Barbara Hershey's last name throughout the entirety of the review? I ask where's the H because maybe you did it on purpose. Maybe the ghastly spirit from the film is touching you and you want Help. That's right, Help with a capital H. We'll be looking for missing Es in your next review, missing Ls in the one after and so on.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Demon Seed was AMAD-ed awhile back I think?

    by Seven_of_Borgnine


  • Oct. 7, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    the ending

    by Bouncy X

    that whole "fake living room set" thing that gets frozen...yeah that was completely created just for the movie. it never actually happened but i guess they wanted to give the movie a "bad ass" ending so they came up with that. the one scene i always found cool though is when you see the shape of a man within the electricy field.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by Playkins

    Love the score on that one- so ridiculously over the top.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 10:22 p.m. CST

    Barbara Hershey was great in this

    by SmokingRobot

    'True Story'....uh, sorry to break it to you but there are no 'invisible rapists'. No 'Ghosts'. No demons, ghouls, zombies, vampires, werewolves, devils, angels, Jesus, etc, etc, etc.

  • Oct. 7, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    The squeezing boob now

    by Rectal Blowout

    <P> would be done with a naked chick and a dude wearing a green suit reaching over and literally squeezing her boob. </P> <P> I remember this movie, the score is to much. I was happy to see full frontal though. Except you couldn't really make out a vag because of that giant bush. </P>

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Rectalblowout's greenscreen comment

    by Eyegore

    If you think that greenscreen trick would work, you probably also think you can grab your ankles and lift yourself off the ground. Wearing a greensuit doesn't make you invisible, and whatever it's covering, is covered, so you can't film what's behind it, only replace it with something else. But what? Derp!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 3 a.m. CST

    The boob touching scene was done with hot air blowers

    by V'Shael

    At least according to the trivia section IMDB.<br /><br />These days they'd CGI in the skin deformations.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST

    End Scene in the Lab

    by Coordinate_System

    <P>It would have been interesting if they had tried to set up an "encounter" in a controlled setting (though far less so for the alleged victim).</P> <P>"sorry to break it to you but there are no 'invisible rapists'. No 'Ghosts'. No demons, ghouls, zombies, vampires, werewolves, devils, angels, Jesus, etc, etc, etc."</P> <P>Well, I've seen a ghost. I'm pretty sure they do exist. Don't know what they are, though.</P> <P>I *believe* that God exists, and that, at the very least, Jesus spoke with Divine Authority, but I couldn't prove it scientifically.</P> <P>As for the rest, how do you know?</P>

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:33 a.m. CST

    greenscreen comment

    by belledame

    is well taken. same as in harry potter movies when he goes under the invisibility cloak. he puts on a green cloak and they do whatever they do to show the room around him as he covers/uncovers.

  • Oct. 15, 2010, 8:46 p.m. CST

    The green screen thing...

    by SK229

    only works if the person wearing the green doesn't touch anything. They do two passes, one with the person in the green suit, one without. Any camera movements have to be computer controlled to match. If you were to touch a boob in a green suit, you'd still have the problem of the covered up boobage NOT moving once you do the second pass that will 'fill in' the green area.

  • Oct. 31, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    They brought Larry King in at the end...

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    and he asked the Entity "Why do you favor rape?"