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. —IMDb
Sidney J. Furie (born February 28, 1933) is a Canadian film director. Furie is perhaps best known for directing American Soldiers, The IPCRESS File, The Entity, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Lady Sings the Blues, The Boys, Gable and Lombard, Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York and the Iron Eagle films.
Also credited with co-creating NBC’s off-beat legal drama Petrocelli, which ran from 1974 to 1976 (it was a spin-off from his 1970 film The Lawyer), he also directed Cliff Richard and The Shadows in the 1964 musical Wonderful Life. —Wikipedia
This film wastes no time and dives straight in to full poltergeist action. This is perhaps it's first downfall though as the pacing leaves a lot to be desired. The score alternates between being headache inducing to classic creepy 80's horror. The quality of acting varies and the script could have used a re-write. Despite these short-comings, this is one nasty nasty horror film with some genuinely creepy moments...
It was clearly a huge influence on Poltergeist which came out the following year. Ultimately though the film degenerates into utter silliness and by the end of it I just couldn't care less about the characters, the plot or the film any more. I'm not sure whether it's a good film that keeps letting itself down or a bad film with some really good moments. 2/5
Patriarchy takes supernatural form in this bold, sometimes miscalculated film. For the most part, the first act works well as a psychological ghost story and social critique. However, by the third act the film transitions into a more archetypal "science vs. occultism" thriller. Burum's gorgeously stylized photography deserves mention: a color-soaked showcase of Dutch tilts and deep focus.
A look at posters in which actors are absent and the title treatment is king.