Picks and Pans Review: The Entity

updated 03/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST

The demon in this very farfetched scare flick is invisible but persistent and extremely noisy. It sounds, in fact, much like a disco rhythm track paced for, say, a Donna Summer sizzler. When the title phenomenon visits Barbara Hershey, playing a single mother of three, it has its effect, variously making her gyrate, slam herself against walls, press down on her gas pedal and otherwise act up. Mostly, though, it seems to have sex on its mind. Hershey seeks help from a shrink, played amusingly by Ron Silver (in supporting roles, he was the best thing about both Best Friends and Lovesick). Then she tries some local parapsychologists. The most likely explanation for her problem seems to be some undue affection she recalls her father's lavishing on her when she was a girl. But this is not a movie about Freud; it's a movie about "subcarnate reality," says one parapsychologist. He has the last word, and in an unconsciously hilarious finale in which Hershey seems to be trying to seduce a hose filled with liquid helium, he tries to send the menace back whence it came. Supposedly based on a "true" incident in California, The Entity is the latest in the current sub-fad of horror films—those about young women being ravaged by oversexed spirits (see, or don't see, 1982's The Incubus and Demon Rage, for example). That this one is directed by the respectable Sidney Furie (The Ipcress File, Lady Sings the Blues) doesn't make it any less ridiculous. (R)

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