What is it about this film that Tscherkassky found so fascinating that he made two films based on it? Ghost rape? Sure, it's very weird that an actress of Hershey's caliber would be in this piece of crap, but often in Hollywood you take what you can get. I do not judge her. I love her. I didn't like to see her get raped. Ghosts are bad.
The first act was great (although the lightning things looks kindda silly), built with such staccato pacing that makes the movie seemed to know how to do its nuance. The psychiatrist act was kindda draggy and letdown compared to the opening, but still managed to be interesting. But as soon as the movie turned to be ghosthunter-parapsychological things, the epic dullness exploded and it was a total fail to me.
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...
Although it gets reiterative trying to establish boring "factual scientific points" in the plot, that raw and unnerving industrial score and, especially, Barbara Hershey's admirable performance, help to sense some of the anguish shown.
What Tscherkassky did with this material in his Outer Space and Dream Work seems, now that I've seen Furie's original horror-masterpiece, less a transformation of conventional aesthetics and more of a radical consequence (of this feminist Panavision trembling).
THE ENTITY is a thrilling, exciting, and entertaining horror movie. It's a frightening experience. Director Sidney J. Furie knew how to make the storytelling into a roller-coaster ride. There's a certain feeling when I realized THE ENTITY was inspired by the actual event that occured in 1970's. THE ENTITY went flat in the middle act. I was kinda bored with it. THE ENTITY could be a great horror movie. Worth watching!