Sentinel, The (1977) - Michael Winner
|He's just looking out for your best interests.|
The Sentinel (1977) is one of those movies that you've either heard of or haven't, but once you've seen it you'll never forget it. The story focuses on a young model and the psychological tortures she endures after moving into her new Brooklyn Heights apartment. This experience is accented by a cavalcade of kooky neighbors who all turn out to be ghosts of former maniacs and murders. It all builds to the revelation (and confirms my suspicions) that New York City is the gateway to Hell, which must always be watched to ensure the salvation of mankind. The film puts a fresh spin on the theological thriller by steering away from adolescent satanic possession and allowing for fresh characters to develop. The most impressive, memorable, and surprising thing about this film is the cast. Practically every actor who was nobody and wound up being somebody is in this film alongside every actor who was somebody and worked their way into obscurity.
Featuring: Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Martin Balsam, John Carradine, José Ferrer, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Eli Wallach, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, Beverly D'Angelo, William Hickey, Jeff Goldblum, and Tom Berenger
Hope you enjoy watching as much as she did filming.
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