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The Entity

Film poster
Directed by Sidney J. Furie
Produced by Harold Schneider
Written by Frank deFelitta
Starring Barbara Hershey
Ron Silver
David Labiosa
Margaret Blye
Music by Charles Bernstein
Cinematography Stephen H. Burum
Editing by Frank J. Urioste
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) February 4, 1983
Running time 125 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Entity is a horror film starring Barbara Hershey as Carla Moran, a California woman who was tormented by an unseen entity. Despite being filmed and planned for a release in 1981, the movie was not released in worldwide theaters until September 1982 followed by the United States in February 1983.

The film is allegedly based on the life of Doris Bither (Doris Bither's son interview), who claims to continue being assaulted by an invisible being, though with lesser frequency and intensity (more recently it is claimed she no longer suffers from physical attacks, but still experiences the phenomena).

There is also a novel of the same name written by Frank DeFelitta (first published in 1978), which provides a more detailed account of Carla (or Carlotta) Moran's (other possible names Doris Bither or Byther) supposed experiences. The supposed haunting took place in Culver City, California, USA.



The movie begins as Carla Moran (Barbara Hershey) leaves work to attend typing school before going home. She lives with her teenage son and two small daughters in a South California house. The house is a mess and she lectures her son Billy about it. Once she's alone in her bedroom, an unseen powerful force slaps her on the cheek, resulting in a cut lip, and throws her on the bed and rapes her, pressing a pillow onto her face to prevent her from screaming. After the assault ends, Carla screams in terror and tells Billy to search every room of the house. Billy can't find anything and convinces Carla and her daughters, Julie and Kim, that it was just a nightmare. Carla bids everyone goodnight again and stays awake reading. Soon, Carla's entire bedroom begins to shake, closets break and bottles shatter. Panicking, Carla runs out of her bedroom and the entity slams the door behind her. Carla and Billy then grab the girls and run out of the house. When Carla looks over her shoulder, the bedroom door bangs open and shut on its own.

Carla, Billy, Julie, and Kim, arrive at the home of Carla's friend Cindy, where they spend the night. The next morning, Carla tells Cindy about the incident in her home. Cindy suggests Carla should talk to a psychiatrist about it.

After a day trip to the beach, Carla, Billy, Julie, and Kim return to their house to find Carla's bedroom in shambles. They then hear a scraping noise coming from underneath the house. Despite Carla's pleas, Billy crawls under the house to find the source of the noise. Billy discovers that the noise is triggered by pushing a pipe, leaving Carla to wonder who had triggered the sound the first time. Carla initially plans to spend the night on the living room couch, but changes her mind when Cindy arrives to stay the night. As they go to sleep, Carla's lamp slowly lights up, then slowly fades off again.

The next morning Carla drives to work while Cindy babysits Carla's children. Along the way, Carla's car seems to develop a mind of its own. Out of control, it drives erratically through the street and into oncoming traffic, eventually stopping at the edge of a steep hill.

Carla decides to see a psychiatrist, and meets with Dr. Sneiderman (Ron Silver). Dr. Sneiderman and Carla both agree that she might have erotophobia. Carla goes home via taxi, and sends Julie to bed. Carla then goes to the bathroom to have a hot bath after a long stressful day. Suddenly the doors slam shut and the ghost grabs her and pins her everywhere in the bathroom while raping her, seemingly with the help of two smaller beings holding her legs.

The next day, Carla shows Dr. Sneiderman the bruises, bites, and scratch marks made by the ghosts. Dr. Sneiderman is convinced that Carla made the marks herself, despite the fact that she could not reach those areas of her body. Dr. Sneiderman takes Carla home, where Carla tells him about her childhood. We learn that Carla ran away from home at age 16 because of her hyper-religious, molesting father before meeting Mario, the spitting image of her son Billy. Soon after she became pregnant, Mario died in a motorcycle accident. Carla then met an older man, who fathered Julie and Kim before leaving her.

Dr. Sneiderman leaves and Carla brings some dessert into the living room for Billy, Julie and Kim. Suddenly Carla is raped in front of all the children. Billy tries to save his mother, but is thrown to the ground by bolts of blue lightning. Billy ends up with a broken wrist, the daughters are hysterical.

Carla meets with the staff of Dr. Sneiderman's university clinic, where she claims that she's being raped. When asked by the staff why she is the only one experiencing these assaults, she assumes she was chosen. Carla then returns home and reads a book while everyone else sleeps. Hours later, Carla has a sexual dream and orgasms, only to realize the ghost had raped her while she was sleeping. Carla destroys all the mirrors in her room and yells at Billy.

Carla explains to Dr. Sneiderman that she is ashamed of what happened. Sneiderman tries to convince Carla to commit herself to a hospital for trying to commit suicide with her car. After the argument, Carla storms out. Later, Carla agrees to house-sit for her friend Cindy while Cindy and her husband go to a wedding reception. Once Carla is alone, the ghost begins to blow the windows in, one by one, tearing up the house. Cindy and her husband hear the windows breaking and return to witness the destruction.

The next day, Carla and Cindy go to the library to find books on the supernatural. Carla overhears two scientists discussing paranormal phenomena similar to what she has been experiencing and tells them about her attacks. Later, Carla gives them a tour of her house and shows them where everything took place. At first, the scientists don't fully believe her, until they witness some mirrors shaking. After setting up some machines and waiting up with Carla, the entity appears. However it is weak and only manifests itself as electric bolts before disappearing. The two scientists show a photo of the lightning to the scientist who heads the parapsychology division of the university. The head scientist remains skeptical, but agrees to set up a study in Carla's house.

The next day, Dr. Sneiderman arrives to see a large amount of people setting up cameras and other materials around Carla's house and discovers that they are looking for an "entity". Dr. Sneiderman tries to convince Carla the manifestation is only in her mind, but she dismisses him. That night, after almost giving up, the ghost appears by shooting beams of clored light around the room. He finally manifests a giant green orb that seems to have a humanoid figure within. The three scientists conclude that the entity is a being which has crossed over from a different plane of existence. Everyone leaves and Carla's new boyfriend, Jerry, returns from a business trip. Carla tells him about what's been happening, yet Jerry doesn't believe her. He asks her to try on a new dress he got for her, but when he comes in to see it, he finds Carla pinned to her bed, naked. Her breasts are being squeezed by invisible hands and she keeps calling out for Jerry's help. When Jerry tries to save her, he is thrown forcefully to the other side of the room by the entity. He tries to hit the unseen being with a chair, but ends up injuring Carla instead. At this point Billy enters the room, mistakenly believes that Jerry has attacked Carla and so attacks Jerry.

At the hospital, Dr. Sneiderman allows Billy, Julie, and Kim to see Carla while he talks to Jerry about what happened. Jerry decides he can't handle the situation and announces he's leaving Carla forever. The three scientists arrive to see Carla and tell Carla that they have an idea, but that it has never been tried before. At this point, Carla is willing to do anything.

In a school gym, the scientists tell students that they are going to try to trap the ghost with liquid helium, theorizing that if the ghost can manipulate objects, it must have physical mass, and therefore it can be frozen. Carla arrives and sees that they have built a mock-up of her house inside the gym, with surveillance cameras everywhere, and no ceilings (except for the bathroom), as well as a protected area that Carla can run to when it comes time to release the liquid helium. Dr. Sneiderman enters the gym and takes Carla to the bathroom area, where he tries get Carla to leave with him, but Carla declines. One of the scientists asks the security guard to escort Dr. Sneiderman out.

Dr. Sneiderman secretly returns later and again tries to get Carla to leave, but the scientists and security guard remove him. Dr. Sneiderman is allowed him to watch the experiment, together with the head of the psychiatry division at the university.

The ghost appears as a cold wind, and Carla tries to move to the protected area, but the ghost is so powerful that it takes control of the helium tanks and attempts to kill Carla. After the protected area is destroyed, Carla faces the ghost, stating it can do whatever it wants to her, but can't take control of her life. In an act of fury, the ghost bursts the helium tanks, and Dr. Sneiderman rushes in to save Carla. As Dr. Sneiderman and Carla look back after escaping, they see the frozen ghost, revealing it was absolutely gigantic in size. The ice suddenly explodes and the ghost seems to disappear. Carla disappears as well. Dr. Sneiderman and the head of psychiatry witness the disappearance, although the head of psychiatry implies that he won't admit what he saw, much to the anger of the parapsychology leader.

The next day, Carla returns to her house, and finds the whole place to be empty. Suddenly, the front door slams, and the ghost (in a deep and slow voice) says "Welcome home, cunt!" Carla calmly opens the front door, exits the house, and gets in the car with her family to leave the house forever.

The film ends, stating that Carla's attacks have decreased in both frequency and intensity, but that she still experiences paranormal activities.

Total box office intake was $13,277,558. The budget is unknown.


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Director Martin Scorsese placed The Entity on his list of the 11 scariest horror films of all time.[3]


  1. ^ Atari 2600 prototype game
  2. ^ "Fox holding 'Grudge' guy to new deal" - Variety
  3. ^ Scorsese, Martin (October 28, 2009). "11 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time". The Daily Beast. Retrieved November 15, 2009. 

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