THE ENTITY (1981) Reviews and worth watching


The Entity will be released by Scream Factory as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray on June 11, 2019. The new sleeve art has been designed by Joel Robinson; with the original theatrical poster on the reverse.

The disc will include DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, DTS-HD Master Audio 4.1 audio mixes. Special features:

  • Audio commentary with Sidney J. Furie: Life and Films author Daniel Kremer (new)
  • Interview with actress Barbara Hershey (new)
  • Interview with actor David Labiosa (new)
  • Interview with composer Charles Bernstein (new)
  • Interview with editor Frank J. Urioste (new)
  • Trailers From Hell – The Entity trailer with commentary by Suspiria director Luca Guadagnino
  • The Entity Files featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • TV spots
  • Radio spots
  • Still gallery


‘A story so shocking, so threatening, it will frighten you beyond all imagination.’

The Entity is a 1981 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Sidney J. Furie (Doctor Blood’s Coffin, The Snake Woman) based on a screenplay written by Frank De Felitta (Dark Night of the Scarecrow; Audrey Rose) from his 1978 novel of the same name, which was based on the 1974 Doris Bither case. Barbara Hershey (Damien TV series; Insidious), Ron Silver (Silent Rage) and David Labiosa star.

Despite being filmed and planned for a 1981 debut, and probably due to its controversial subject matter, the movie was not released worldwide until September 1982, followed by a 20th Century Fox release in the United States in February 1983.


Single mother Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey) becomes the victim of a violent carnal assault in her home by an invisible assailant. A subsequent episode of poltergeist activity causes her to flee with her children to the home of her friend Cindy (Margaret Blye).

They return to Carla’s home and the following day, Carla is nearly killed when her car mysteriously goes out of control in traffic. Urged by Cindy to see a psychiatrist, Carla meets with Doctor Sneiderman (Ron Silver) and tentatively agrees to undergo therapy.


A subsequent attack in her bathroom leaves bite marks and bruises on Carla which she shows to Doctor Sneiderman, who believes she has inflicted them on herself. We learn that Carla suffered a variety of traumas in her childhood and adolescence, including abuse, teenage pregnancy and the violent death of her first husband. Sneiderman believes her apparent paranormal experiences are delusions resulting from her past psychological trauma.

Carla is attacked again, this time in front of her children. Her son tries to intervene but he is hit by electrical discharges and his wrist is broken. Doctor Sneiderman urges her to commit herself to a psychiatric hospital for observation, but she refuses…

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” …an entertaining and interesting dramatization of some wild phenomena.  Though the real-life case has been mostly dismissed as manifestations of past physical abuse and current drug use (among other things), the idea is still a powerful one, and what Carla Moran goes through in this film is, not trying to be cheeky, downright haunting.” Allusions of Grandeur

“It’s a simple premise but acted marvellously and crafted sufficiently; the film never relies on camera trickery or an artistic flair to mask shortcomings, but rather makes use of angles and perspective and otherwise skewered shots to enhance, not explicitly generate, an edgy, chaotic, uncertain vibe.”

“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.” Into the Dark

“Much like all great protagonists, Moran slowly becomes empowered and faces her attacker directly. The change she goes through is worth the watch alone. The ending credits state the encounters continues after Moran moved, but the intensity and frequency diminished. Overall, The Entity is hall of fame material as far as I’m concerned…” Fister Roboto

Double-bill with Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)


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Cast and characters:

Barbara Hershey … Carla Moran
Ron Silver … Phil Sneiderman
David Labiosa … Billy
George Coe … Dr Weber
Margaret Blye … Cindy Nash
Jacqueline Brookes … Dr Cooley
Richard Brestoff Richard Brestoff … Gene Kraft
Michael Alldredge Michael Alldredge … George Nash
Raymond Singer … Joe Mehan
Allan Rich … Dr Walcott
Natasha Ryan … Julie
Melanie Gaffin … Kim
Alex Rocco … Jerry Anderson
Sully Boyar … Mr Reisz
Tom Stern … Woody Browne
Curt Lowens … Dr Wilkes
Paula Victor … Dr Chevalier
Lee Wilkof Lee Wilkof … Dr L. Hose
Deborah Stevenson Deborah Stevenson … Intern
Mark Weiner … Intern
Lisa Marie Gurley … Receptionist (as Lisa Gurley)
Chris Howell … Guard
John Branagan … Student
Daniel Furie … Student
Amy Kirkpatrick … Student
Todd Kutches … Student
Pauline Lomas … Student
Renee Neimark … Nurse
Don Ramey Logan … Billy’s friend (uncredited)

Technical details:

125 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1
Audio: Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

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