Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Entity (1982)

The Entity (USA, 1982) - Color, Director(s): Sidney J. Furie
MPAA Rating: R
[UK: 18]
Approx. 125 min.

Z-rating: 4 out of 5 stars for being effectively disturbing

Cheese Factor: 1 out of 5 stars for the cheesy lightning effects that look dated

The shocking first look at "The Entity"

This movie is supposedly based on real events that took place in the 1970s. There is a really unsettling rape scene in the opening of this movie. I know all rape is unsettling in general but the fact that you can't really see the attacker makes it impossible to gauge the chances of her escape. Also, the pounding score emphasized by her struggling makes the viewer even more uneasy. When I first heard about this movie, I thought that the ghost rape would be laughable at best and expected the movie to be totally cheesy. To my surprise, the scenes were very intense and the tension from the score was unbelievable!!! You can actually see Barbara Hershey's breasts being groped by invisible hands. (Hershey also plays Josh's mom in the movie Insidious)

That's just disturbing...

First, she seeks psychiatric help but, when she starts getting a hard time from her therapist, she employs the help of two paranormal geeks that she meets down at the bookstore who do your typical "Ghost Hunters" act. The psychiatrist thinks that the paranormal geeks are just encouraging her "fantasies" and fights to have her continue treatment with him. Finally, they try to design this elaborate set up in order to trap the ghost in the end. Pretty crazy stuff, I wonder how much of the last part is actually true?

Nudity: There are a few scenes with nudity in it, of course, Hershey's character is getting raped in most of the scenes. Probably even all of them.

Gore: Not much in terms of gore, but there are scenes on intense sexual violence

Awesome: Very, in terms of it being a dark and terrifying movie. Not the type of movie you enjoy for fun but the powerful type of movie that really makes an impact on you. I'm a guy and I never thought I could be scared of getting raped by a ghost at night. Anyway, I like to pretend that this is the prequel for Insidious and that's really why she was so familiar with that psychic Elise.