Film Review: The Entity (1982)

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You already knew 1982 was the best year ever for fantasy/sci-fi/horror, right?  E.T., Poltergeist, Star Trek II, Conan the Barbarian, The Dark Crystal, Tron, The Road Warrior, Blade Runner, The Thing, The Secret of NIMH… Well, get ready to add another title to the list if you haven’t already.

In The Entity, Barbara Hershey plays a single mother of two who is repeatedly sexually assaulted by an invisible force. I was impressed with how brutal and explicit the attacks are, right down to some creepy special effects that simulate the squeezing of Hershey’s breasts by unseen hands. Though the rapes are supernatural, they’re among the most terrifying I’ve seen on film, due largely to Hershey’s fearless performance. And they don’t just happen at night when she’s all alone. The attacks get more and more brazen, with one happening right in front of her own children.

The film works best when it remains mysterious. The final act tries too hard to explain things, conjuring up a hokey scientific experiment for the climax — but up until then, I gotta say, for what is essentially a ghost story, I was pretty creeped out.

Rating: 3.5/5 ★★★½☆ 

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Scott studied film and sociology at Indiana University and is currently the video producer for a large publishing company. He is the director of several independent films, including "House of Hope," "Off the Beaten Path," "The Day Joe Left," and "Found." For more about Scott, visit www.scottschirmer.com. Scott is also one of the principal organizers of the Dark Carnival Film Festival. (www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com)

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