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The Entity


Supposedly based partially on a true story, a woman is tormented and sexually molested by an invisible demon.

Release Year: 1982

Rating: 6.4/10 (5,603 voted)

Sidney J. Furie

Stars: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa

Carla Moran awakens one night to find herself being beaten and raped by an unseen presence. Terrified of what's happening to her, and shunned by friends and family who think she's lost her mind, she seeks help from parapsychologists. The researchers soon discover that evil spiritual force has been drawn to Carla and is responsible for the violent attacks. The question now, however, is how do they stop it? Based on a supposedly true story.

Writers: Frank De Felitta, Frank De Felitta


Barbara Hershey

Carla Moran

Ron Silver

Phil Sneiderman

David Labiosa


George Coe

Dr. Weber

Margaret Blye

Cindy Nash

Jacqueline Brookes

Dr. Cooley

Richard Brestoff

Gene Kraft

Michael Alldredge

George Nash

Raymond Singer

Joe Mehan

Allan Rich

Dr. Walcott

Natasha Ryan


Melanie Gaffin


Alex Rocco

Jerry Anderson

Sully Boyar

Mr. Reisz

Tom Stern

Woody Browne

Something evil is after Carla Moran, and it will stop at nothing to get her.

Release Date: 4 February 1983

Filming Locations: Laird International Studio – 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA

Opening Weekend: $3,685,654
(6 February 1983)
(1 Screen)

Gross: $13,277,558

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


The real-life Carla Moran's teenage son described a particularly vicious attack in which Carla was thrown by the malevolent force and hit her head. He tried to intervene, but he was also thrown, breaking his arm. In the filming of the movie, the actor playing the son broke his arm in that scene, and the curtains tore from top to bottom without explanation.


When Carla is first attacked by the demon, she is slapped rather hard in the face and her lip is bloodied. But in the subsequent scenes and the days following, there is no mark on her lip.


Carla Moran:
Your halo is burning.

User Review

To have stirred up such diametrically opposite views here, THE ENTITY must rate above mediocre.


When any film incurs user-comments that are at a 180 degree variance from
one to the next, the odds are it is the subject itself which is the catalyst
behind the emotion. We have those who admire its technical expertise (at
least for 1981) and who recall its fear-factor and professionalism to others
who deplore the entire work, branding its laughable script and effects. The
truth I suspect lies midway between these inconsistent

To start with there are always going to be a significant percentage of the
population who are affronted by the concept of a young girl being sexually
assaulted by a ghost for a prolonged period of time….whether it actually
happened or not. This, incidentally IS based on a true story that was itself
the grounding for Frank De Felita's top selling book. If the notion is a
distasteful one, the chances of you liking the film are slim HOWEVER
technically adept it is. As it transpires, Barbara Hershey is remarkably
good as Carla Moran, the young lady with a problem neither the Police, the
Medical Profession or the supposed experts of the paranormal have much luck
with. The rapes and sexual assaults are both graphic and quite worrying.
Some loopy reviewer likened them to scenes in the SCREAM and I KNOW WHAT YOU
DID films! Huh? I think being taken apart by a psycho with a knife or hook
is way THIS side of normal compared to being sexually molested in your own
bed! but hey, thats just MY opinion!

For its day THE ENTITY was nearer the edge of hard-core horror than many of
its contemporaries. I suspect those who claimed to have "laughed" at the
entire thing are having themselves on or at least putting up a front for
whatever reason. The film was not laughable! I can understand those who
believed the film was exploitive and bordering on the distasteful – but hey,

I believe you owe it to yourself to find a copy of this film (a) If you have
never seen it or (b) If some reasonably heavy-duty horror scenes appeal to

All up I would rate this a 6.6 which probably errs on the side of