The Sentinel (1977)

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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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Winner, Jeffrey Konvitz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 7, 2004
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

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Cast


as Michael Lerman

as Alison Parker

as Charles Chazen

as Professor Ruzinsky

as Father Francis Matth...

as Robed Figure

as Miss Logan

as Franchino

as Jennifer

as Director

as Brenner

as Girl at End

as Man At End

as Malcolm Stinnett

as Rebecca Stinnett

as Rebecca Stinnett

as Mrs. Clark

as Lillian Clotkin

as Emma Clotkin

as Dr. Aureton

as Alison's Father

as Alison's Mother

as Party Host

as Raymond

as Professor's Student

as Brenner's Secretary

as Real Estate Agent

as Girl at End
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Critic Reviews for The Sentinel

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 28, 2011
SFX Magazine

way too predictable

Full Review… | August 9, 2006

...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.

Full Review… | July 27, 2006
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | January 28, 2005
StaciWilson.com

Audience Reviews for The Sentinel

½

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.

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Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

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.

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Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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