"Single mother Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey) is raped and attacked by an invisible force. She begins therapy with Dr. Phil Sneiderman (Ron Silver), a psychiatrist who believes Carla's traumatic past is motivating her to commit self-induced injuries, rather than anything supernatural. When the attacks continue, Carla invites two college students with an interest in the paranormal to visit her house. After seeing the ghost in action, they agree to help Carla defeat her invisible attacker."
Ahh the 80's when Satanic Panic, possessions, and anything evil and supernatural was high on the public's fear list. I sadley was a child in that era and remeber it now as a joke, but back then it was national news, much like the Doris Bither case. Doris, a woman from Culver City California claimed to have been raped by the ghosts of three Asian men in the late 70's. Doris claimed it happened many times and eventually sought the help of paranormal investigators. They claimed to have photographed mysterious orbes that floated around as she was raped. Her story was the subject of a book written by Frank De Felitta which was then adapted into the 80's cult classic The Entity starring Barbara Hershey
The Entity focuses on Carla a single mom who is raped every night over the course of several days by what appears to be an invisible attacker. As sh doesn't know what's happening she seeks out a psychiatrist who beleive she is creating this attacks in her mind due to repressed sexuality.
She beleive him untill she is attacked in front of her son, who, when he tries to stop what is happening is suddenly shocked by what appears to be pure energy. After bung convinced by her friend she consults two paranormal investigators who determine that it is in fact an evil entity that is attacking Carla.
The film is very much a suspense film as opposed to straight horror. The rape scenes in the film, although perpetrated by an invisible spirit are very brutal to say the least. All of the violent scenes are graphic, but what makes them disturbing is how they are so grounded in realism as opposed to the usually shock and splatter horror effects.
Barbara Hershey does an amazing job as Carla. He emotions durring the graphic scenes are amazing. The pulsing guitar score durring the film only helps to highten the tension. Plus when you throw in what I consider to be one of the best endings in film you have a must own film on your hands.
Umbrella Entertainment has recently released a Georgeous Blu-ray of this classic film that looks and sounds fantastic. It also includes the following special features
Finding a Voice: A Conversation with composer Charles Bernstei
Robert McNaughton Remembers The Entity
Theatrical trailer Poster and Stills gallery
Reversible Blu-ray sleeve
If you have never seen this it's definitely a must watch, and this is the version to buy
Overall 4 out of 5 Stars