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The Sentinel (1977)





Director: Michael Winner
Writer: Jeffrey Konvitz (novel); Michael Winner (screenplay)
Studio: Universal
Summary: An up-and-coming model moves into a strange New York City apartment and soon finds that she is meant
to be the next guardian of the entrance to hell.


Starring:
Cristina Raines as Alison Parker















Review of The Sentinel in Playboy (May 1977)

The forces of good and evil are at it again in writer-producer-director Michael Winner's The Sentinel, adapted
from a a novel by Jeffrey Konvitz.  A worm of supernatural horror infests the Big Apple, where beautiful Cristina
Raines plays a New York model whose immortal soul is up for grabs after she moves into a murky old apartment
that she actually seems to possess a soul worth all the fuss made by Chris Sarandon, as a smart young lawyer
who has been intimate with a couple of ladies just prior to their untimely deaths.  Sylvia Miles, Burgess Meredith,
Ava Gardener and Jose Ferrer head a stellar company of spooks and conspirators who are striving either to beat
the Devil or to join him.  Such dark shenanigans, with the glittering spires of Manhattan as backdrop, are eerie,
unnerving and suspenseful in the manner of Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist.  Soul food if you're thrill hungry.
Director Winner, who transformed contemporary urban terror into pay dirt with Death Wish, may have done it
again with a smoothly wrought shocker that rivets attention right up to the last reel.  There, The Sentinel slips
into overdone Grand Guignol, using freaks, dwarfs, walking zombies and buckets of gore to muck up a modern
Gothic take that didn't need a monster rally to attract a crowd.











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