The Sentinel (1977)

Sentinel, The (1977, USA) C-92m. *** D: Michael Winner. Starring Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Martin Balsam, John Carradine, José Ferrer, Ava Gardner, Arthur Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, Deborah Raffin, Eli Wallach, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, Bevery D'Angelo, Hank Garrett, Tom Berenger, William Hickey, Jeff Goldblum. Derivative but enjoyable supernatural thriller about young actress Raines, who moves into a New York apartment, unknowing that the blind priest upstairs is there for a special purpose - to guard the gate to hell. Despite so many stars in the cast, this is a B-movie with dramatic faults, but it remains interesting (especially because of compact running time) and even chilling. Make-up effects are good. Written by director Winner, who adapted the novel by Jeffrey Konvitz, whose book is an intriguing mix between ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968) and THE EXORCIST (1973).


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