The Sentinel

Posted: October 9, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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31 days of horror.

The Sentinel is a mostly forgotten, barely seen gem of late 1970’s horror. It was released during a boom of slightly campy, satanic horror films such as The Devil’s Rain and Race With The Devil. It’s unfortunate that this film doesnt get more recognition or respect. It has such a good, well rounded plot and a relatable main character not to mention a wonderfully creepy score.

The story goes, a young and beautiful fashion model, after having attempted suicide following the death of her lover’s wife, is looking to find a place of her own to kind of decompress. She finds a beautiful apartment in a beautiful building in a great neighborhood for a ridiculously low price. What could possibly go wrong? After meeting some eccentric neighbors and complaining about the nightly noise to the landlord she finds out that, cue creepy dramatic music, she is one of only two people that live in the building. After doing some research and finding out some shocking news about her new “neighbors”, it’s pretty much all downhill from there. I wont spoil the twist so you will have to watch this one to figure it out.

This film has several solid performances from Burgess Meredith to Chris Sarandon. It also has a ton of cameos from up and coming actors of the time. See if you can spot Christopher Walken, Richard Dreyfus, Jeff Goldblum, Jerry Orbach, Eli Wallach, and Tom Berenger. Definitely give this one a viewing if youre in the mood for some slightly campy, creepy horror.




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