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The Sentinel (1977)

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Release Date: Jan 7, 1977 Limited

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In the wake of such Satanic-themed thrillers as Rosemary's Baby, The Exorcist and The Omen comes The Sentinel. When New York fashion model (Cristina Raines) splits with her fiance (Chris Sarandon) and moves into an old brownstone, she soon discovers she has more than she bargained for in the lease. As luck would have it, a mysterious blind priest (John Carradine) who lives upstairs happens to be guarding the doorway to Hell, and she has been chosen as his replacement. Incidentally, when the door

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Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

Michael Winner, Jeffrey Konvitz

Sep 7, 2004

Universal Pictures

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Atmosfera sufocante e um elenco grandioso.

January 13, 2014
Cinema em Cena

The cast is certainly impressive, but in every other respect this horror in the vein of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist is a second-rate piece of tut.

February 28, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

way too predictable

August 9, 2006 Full Review Source: sbs.is | Comment (1)

...satisfies much like French fries, without asking too much of the kitchen but irresistible in the context %u2013 and notable if it were to disappoint. Here, it's the full big Mac package.

July 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Dead people who throw cat birthday parties. Gotta love it!

January 28, 2005 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

One of the best horror films of the 70's. An intriguing story and disturbing imagery make this one stick out in the psyche.

March 21, 2003
eFilmCritic.com

How any self-respecting horror film fan can not like a movie that works on the premise that the entrance to hell is in a Brooklyn apartment building is beyond me.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Sentinel

Around this time in the seventies there was a resurgence of films with demonic presences, amongst which were "Rosemary's Baby", "The Omen", and "The Exorcist". It was popular to give children the power of demonic powers, as they are vulnerable beings without much threat towards stronger adults. "The Sentinel" capitalized on the trend of giving demonic presence, but instead placed it within your home, where you supposedly feel safe. Instead of being a ubiquitous haunted house tale, the apartment in which model Alison is residing is the gateway into Hell, and though she believes she is surrounded by oddball, perverted, frankly creepy neighbors, she is all alone in the building except for a blind priest who lives upstairs. The film itself is not very horrific, doesn't try to be ultimately gory, and often tries to build up tension or show the depths of characters that aren't that interesting to begin with. Alison, our main protagonist, is living on her own since failing to commit suicide several times from being depressed as a teenager and from witnessing a gluttonous orgy brought about by her elderly father (it wasn't a pretty scene, and was probably the strangest part of a film that gets stranger as it goes). For over half of the film the model hears weird sounds, has problems concentrating and fainting, and seems stressed over her new home, but there is rarely a moment of true horror until the very end. Some seriously big names from the Golden Age of Hollywood show up in this including Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Jose Ferrer, and Arthur Kennedy, in minor roles, some as demonic neighbors. The lead actress isn't horrible, but she seems out of her element on more than one occasion, looking bedroom eyed and confused. It has a really great concept, and the ending is creepy, but the film doesn't take its time to establish the concept or enlighten the audience, but instead traipses around making ghostly noises.
February 4, 2013
FrizzDrop

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A rather odd big budget studio horror film made to cash-in the late 60s-70s satanic craze that produced a few masterpieces of the genre. Michael Winner's lack of subtlety condemns the film to look as a poor and shoddy attempt, despite an all star cast and an eerie premise.
November 28, 2012
pier007

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I'm still not 100% sure how I feel about The Sentinel. I don't know if its the chest cold that's kicking my ass or the movie, but I feel like I never got my bearings, like I never got settled in as far as the movie was concerned. (I'm sure this is part of its effectiveness, but still...) The all over the board cast was definitely neat but once they started dropping in throughout the movie it started getting distracted. A lot of the imagery was randomly jarring (from the creepy cake threesome and Beverly D'Angelo rigorously masturbating to the last ten minutes) and I'm glad I saw The Sentinel but its definitely one of those movies you really don't need to see again. Catch it if you can but don't lose any sleep if you don't.
December 23, 2010
mjgildea

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Silly 70's occult "thriller" which doesn't provide many chills. A considerable amount of the trouble is that Cristina Raines is so flat in the lead. She projects nothing, has no screen charisma or any discernable acting ability. Another problem is that the script makes no sense really and the characters often behave very stupidly, at one point the lead says she is starting to lose her motor control and no one insists she see a doctor instead they take her to a party! Plot lines are also picked up and dropped at random. What really makes this worth a view, and one is enough, is the incredible cast. In almost every scene a familiar face pops up, some vintage stars like Ava Gardner but also people just starting out at the time like Jeff Goldblum, Jerry Orbach and Tom Berenger.
August 18, 2010
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