The Sentinel 2001 Horror Movie Review
Horror movies Review
The 70s gave us many horror classics, notably “The Exorcist” and “The Omen”. Hidden away amongst those gems was ‘The Sentinel’, by no means a great example of the genre, but creepy nonetheless and boasting a cast of familiar names.
The story focuses on Alison Parker [Christina Raines], a famous model who has been involved with her lawyer boyfriend Michael [Chris Sarandon] and living with him for a while. After her father’s death,Alison is revisited by painful memories of her late father, a reprobate and the cause of her first suicide attempt. Alison decides to move out into a her own place, and a sinister real-estate agent leads her to an apartment in a large building that is being leased at an incredibly affordable price. Alison’s initial joy at scoring a deal turns sour when she realizes that the building’s inhabitants are weird and eccentric, including intrusive neighbor Charles [Burgess Meredith], a pair of lesbian lovers [Sylvia Miles and Beverly D’Angelo], and a sinister blind priest [John Carradine] who lives on the topmost floor, perpetually standing at the window.
Alison soon starts experiencing strange incidents - nightmares that seem all too real, and hearing footsteps where there shouldn’t be any. Michael tries to help her by digging into the building’s history, uncovering some very strange and shocking truths in the process. Will he be able to save Alison from an unfathomable fate?
The acting is actually quite good with credible turns by Raines, Sarandon [though I much preferred his performance in “Fright Night”],Meredith and also other stars like Christopher Walken etc. The effects are okay for the time frame it’s set in, and there are quite a few gory scenes. Nudity is also featured here in scenes of an orgy, [**] etc.
All in all, this is an atmospheric horror movie that is watchable and representative of horror movies of its time.Some parts are rather plodding, but the plot itself is intriguing. Fans of supernatural horror might like it, though I’d recommend it as a rental first.
About The Sentinel (2001)
Starring: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam, John Carradine,
Runtime: 92 minutes
Director: Michael Winner,
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