Winner of the "Golden Spire" at the 2000 San Francisco International Film Festival.
"Tscherkassky has made two films cannibalizing Sidney J. Furie's 1982 Barbara Hershey horror film THE ENTITY, the story of a woman who is continually assaulted and raped either by real ghosts or by awfully adept repressed traumas… The screen literally explodes with a tumult of Hershey faces, shattering Steve Burum's original cinematography into shards of frightened eyes, trembling hands and violent outbursts of self-defense, presented in multiple exposures too layered to count, too arresting to ignore." - Guy Maddin
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My God! A visual nightmare induced by an assault of broken images and hellish audio. Pretty damned scary!
Eerie,frightful,engrossing! Director Peter Tscherkassky takes the 1982 classic "The Entity" to task in this 10min short. Using numerous layerings of film,brilliant angles and cleverly selected slices of the original, this is one captivating piece of genius cinematography.
While my eyes are strained after being assaulted throughout the 10 minute film, I was, nevertheless, absolutely hypnotized. I am a big fan of The Entity, and this film was exponentially creepier that the original - like watching a snippet of a terrifying nightmare. My only complaint is the moments where the film becomes a strobe assault. Those scenes, while likely attempting to convey the chaos of her attacks, felt disconnected from the original theme, and only served as a distraction.
Interesting image 'montage,' is it? Ms. Hershey at her best.
Fandor should seriously consider a "seizure/flashing lights" warning. Some people get seizures simply from watching a bunch of photographers' flashes going off. The strobe here goes on for almost the entire film, and it is relentless and exhausting. Having said that, I thought the the technique, "the broken film projector" style, was used very effectively. This film is not interested in being your friend, and so doesn't pander at all to the audience. But I thought it did a very good job of conveying tension and fear.
This abstract short; is really captivating as we get a glimpse of what could be life elsewhere.
A short film that feels long; the gimmick loses its punch after about three minutes. Nothing to see, here, move along.
If I actually have the seizure I feel coming on I'm gonna sue. Other than that i think I missed a great deal, couldn't make out the dialogue sniippets and since I didn't have the original in memory, didn't know what i was seeing. I think I would have done better on a larger screen instead of dinky-time laptop. That said, it was scary and compelling. Reviewer below seems to feel the film medium itself was on the attack. Good enough for me.
Oh My God! a most intense use of film I have seen. Ever. Film as a medium as itself. It is the film, It's property , that... I don't know. I just don't
Now we are the ENTITY. We imprinted evil on her and she imprinted strength, resolve and victory on us.
screen play so busy could not initialy understand just what was going on. Should not have to read the text to notice the action.....
A strangely nostalgic visit to the world of celluloid.
don't watch if strobe hurts you
The Entity through the eyes (?) of the ghosts. Truly frightening and disturbing.