#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A fashion model moves into a house inhabited (on the top floor) by a blind priest. She begins having strange physical problems, has trouble sleeping at night, and has some nasty flashbacks of her attempted suicide. She complains to the real estate agent of the noise caused by her strange neighbors, but finds out that the house is only occupied by the priest and herself, and ultimately discovers that she has been put in the house for a reason.
Plot: A commitment-shy New York fashion model moves into an old brownstone apartment, meets her weird neighbours and discovers she’s sitting on the gateway to Hell.
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Burgess Meredith Has a Devil of a Good Time in this Film
Christina Raines plays a lovely model in New York who seeks out a new apartment and begins to meet strange neighbors and reveal a secret about the building and herself slowly building up to quite a climax by film’s end. This film has all kinds of neat plot elements from the Roman Catholic Church vs. the Devil, to the gateway to Hell, to bizarre rituals, to a growing conspiracy, and finally to a host of talented famous actors and actresses flooding the film. We get Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Chris Sarandon, Jerry Orbach, Deborah Raffin, Arthur Kennedy, Jose Ferrer, Slyvia Miles, Beverly DeAngelo, Eli Wallach, Martin Balsam, Christopher Walkin, William Hickey, Tom Berenger, Jeff Goldblum, and who can forget John Carradine as the old priest. Many of these actors ham it up – particularly Burgess Meredith giving a fine comic/demented performance as one of the neighbors with a little bird and a cat. Meredith is memorable as is Balsam and Chris Sarandon. Some of the performers have virtually nothing to do like Jose Ferrer in a thankless role even if it is nothing more than a cameo. The Sentinel is a fine horror film with plenty of psychological elements and some truly terrifying scenes. The end scene is repulsive and yet chilling. I do find fault with some of the gratuitous sex and violence in the film, particularly that whole scene with DeAngelo and Miles. Was that really necessary? I think not. Also, the father/daughter stuff was a bit much as well, but overall the film works and has a winning pace. Director Michael Winner does a workmanlike job and is effective creating tension and scary movie moments. The scenes with Carradine are particularly effective.
Fun 70s trash!
Oh, what “Rosemary’s Baby” hath wrought! The successes of the book and movie versions of the compelling Ira Levin story about a woman impregnated by the devil, couldn’t keep Hollywood and the publishing industry away from the subject of demonology, so they came up with “The Exorcist” a few years later. That was another monster hit and the rip-offs kept on coming, including “The Omen,” “Abby,” etc. “The Sentinel” is another of those trashy copies, and it’s loads of guilty fun.
Chris Sarandon is the male lead, after having had a great role in the Al Pacino hit “Dog Day Afternoon.” Sarandon was hot, but unfortunately the movies he made soon after “Dog Day…” didn’t click. “Lipstick” was one of them, and, in fact, “The Sentinel” is sort of “Lipstick” and “Mahogany” meet “The Exorcist.” Sarandon is, of course, a fine actor, but his co-star Cristina Raines, try though she may, comes across as expressionless and her voice is flat. She plays a fashion model, so you could argue that her lack of range is appropriate, but it’s hard to get worked up about her, especially when she’s surrounded by lots of great character actors like Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, Eli Wallach and a very young Beverly d’Angelo as a mute but sexually active lesbian ballet dancer (you won’t believe her first scene or her last!). Raines is also up against a real bona fide movie star from The Golden Age – Ava Gardner. The divine Ava doesn’t have much to do, but she makes the most of it (apparently post-dubbed).
The director Michael Winner is certainly prolific and he does have some effective and jolting visuals in this film. But he is also careless and sloppy. For instance, a professional safe cracker (played by William Hickey who I used to see in the video rental store a lot) would definitely wear gloves to keep his fingerprints anonymous.
Oh, well, who cares? The creepy movie is confusing and messy, especially the Grand Guignol finale (or two), but it’s loads of fun and manages to conjure up some of the 1970s Manhattan glamor and almost innocent hedonism that seems so naive in retrospect (see the aforementioned Diana Ross vehicle “Mahogany” for more 70s glamor and amusement).
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 32 min (92 min)
Director Michael Winner
Writer Jeffrey Konvitz (novel), Michael Winner (screenplay), Jeffrey Konvitz (screenplay)
Actors Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Martin Balsam, John Carradine
Awards 4 nominations.
Production Company Universal Pictures
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm