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Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Sentinel (1977)

The Sentinel is an under-appreciated and somewhat neglected gem of the 1970s.  It's a supernatural tale that involves a fashion model who moves into a beautiful New York City apartment.  Everything seems too good to be true...and then strange things start to happen. [Cue the ominous music.]  Director Michael Winner [Scorpio, Death Wish] does a wonderful job of slowly feeding us the clues that lead to solving what's going on in the apartment building.  Furthermore, the make up and special effects are nicely done and add to the overall creepiness of The Sentinel.
It's a classic tale that is greatly enhanced by a cast of thousands.  It would almost be easier to list who is not in this pic but here's a sample of the talent involved: Chris Sarandon [Fright Night], John Carradine [see his credits on my site], Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, Beverly D'Angelo and more.  Cristian Rains also does a good job as Alison Parker, the fashion model, as she descends into madness.  The transformation during the film is quite good and very convincing.
If you like films that are slightly off kilter and involve, demons, creepy character and the like, then The Sentinel is for you.  I won't spoil the plot.  Just sit back and enjoy this nicely crafted horror film.  It's time The Sentinel got it's due among critics and fans alike.
RATING: Very Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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