The Horror Honeys: Saturday Creature Features with Suzanne!

Saturday Creature Features with Suzanne!

The Entity (1982)

Violence against women is never an easy topic. It’s difficult to talk about and even more so to watch. However, if the perpetrator can’t be seen, did the violence ever really happen? That’s the crux of The Entity.

Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hardworking, single mother, just trying to make ends meet. One night, Carla is raped in her own home by an invisible force. Her family then experiences violent activity throughout the home. After escaping for an evening, Carla returns home. When her car inexplicably goes out of control, she thinks she’s going crazy and meets with a psychiatrist, Dr. Sneiderman (Ron Silver). 

Carla experiences another attack in her home, this one more violent than the first, and this time leaving visible marks on her body. The doctor thinks the bruises are self-inflicted due to Carla’s traumatic past, manifesting it into what Carla believes to be supernatural activity.

As the attacks become more frequent and more violent, harming not only Carla, but her family as well, she enlists the help of two parapsychologists who agree to study the activity. They suggest a rather elaborate experiment to capture the entity, which Carla agrees to out of desperation for a solution. 

The Entity was first a book, written by Frank De Felitta, who also penned Audrey Rose, and is a “based on true events” film. In the film’s epilogue, it states that the real Carla Moran continued to experience activity even after she left the home where it started, although it became less intense. 
Hershey’s performance, along with some interesting special effects techniques and editing, make this otherwise unbelievable story plausible. Released the same year as Poltergeist, although not as popular, it’s a much more intense and scary experience. 

Maybe a more important takeaway is something I mentioned in my opening paragraph. If no one sees the violence, be it physical, sexual or emotional, does that mean it didn’t happen? Carla faces that issue from not only friends and family, but from her doctor, who, right until the end, when he finally sees it for himself, is insistent she is self-harming. Both Carla’s son and her boyfriend witness separate attacks on her, and even try to intervene, but she is not believed. If you take the supernatural element out of this, how is it any different from the way violence against women is perceived today?

Despite whether or not you believe in the subject matter, this is a difficult watch, especially if you’re young and impressionable. As an adult, especially being female, it becomes even tougher to watch. Why weren’t my parents watching what I watched?

The Entity is available on both DVD and BD.

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