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’45 Years’: Charlotte Rampling’s Near Brushes With Oscar

18 November 2015 6:32 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

British actress Charlotte Rampling has been appearing on film for five decades. Over the course of her 50-year career, Rampling has solidified her iconic status, yet the 69-year-old actress has never been nominated for an Oscar.  This year, however, she may have her best shot in the romantic drama 45 Years.

Rampling’s performance as a wife whose 45th wedding anniversary is disrupted by a potential life-changing letter from an unexpected sender earned her the Silver Bear award for best actress at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival. Rampling’s costar, Tom Courtenay, also won the Silver Bear and the film itself was nominated for the Golden Bear.

This is far from Rampling’s first appearance in a film that has received love from critics and awards voters, as the star’s career features several occasions in which her films garnered Oscar attention but Rampling herself was left out. »

- Patrick Shanley

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The Sentinel

12 October 2015 7:27 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Michael Winner is the bad-taste choice to give The Exorcist a run for its money in the faux-religious horror shocker sweepstakes, and the brave actress Cristina Raines leads an impressive supporting cast as the unfortunate suicide attemptee chosen to be the new Gatekeeper for the portal to Hell. Don't expect to see a Keymaster, but instead some of the most indigestible exploitation of the mainstream decade -- mainly real sideshow oddities to represent 'evil' people. Easily the hands-down insensitivity champ of the '70s. The Sentinel Blu-ray Shout! Factory / Scream Factory 1977 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 92 min. / Street Date September 22, 2015 / 27.99 Starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Kennedy, Deborah Raffin, Ava Gardner, John Carradine, Beverly D'Angelo, Eli Wallach, Sylvia Miles, Martin Balsam, José Ferrer, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, William Hickey, Jeff Goldblum, Anthony Holland, Tom Berenger. Cinematography Dick Kratina Special Effects Albert Whitlock Special Makeup Effects Dick Smith Original Music Gil Melle »

- Glenn Erickson

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Bluray Review: The Sentinel

21 September 2015 4:43 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The gang over at Scream Factory has another great hit on their hands, with their 9/22 release of Michael Winner’s 1977 horror classic, The Sentinel. A title that many fans were asking for (especially This one), The Sentinel, despite its lack of many new supplemental materials, is one to check out, because the gateway to hell has never looked better. We took a look at the disc, and it’s definitely one to pick up, with its Satanic edge, interesting plot and one creepy and eerie ending that is sure to leave chills running up your spine.

Adapted from the 1974 novel by Jeffrey Konvitz, The Sentinel is, like a lot of ’70s horror, a character driven descent into madness and hell. It follows Allison Parker, a model who two years prior to film’s beginning, attempted to kill herself. She’s a fragile character, yet instead of moving in with her »

- Jerry Smith

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The Sentinel (1977) Blu-ray Announced by Scream Factory

3 April 2015 2:03 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

You can't choose your neighbors in an apartment complex, and sometimes you get stuck next to a noisy, mean-spirited soul who makes you want to look in the classified ads before you even finish unpacking. Alison Parker has some rowdy neighbors around her new Brooklyn apartment, but what disturbs her the most is that nobody else lives on her floor. And that's only one of many creepy elements to be found in 1977's The Sentinel, and fans of the cult classic fright film should be excited to hear that Scream Factory has announced they will release The Sentinel on Blu-ray this summer.

From Scream Factory: "We are beyond thrilled today to report that we will be bringing the 1977 cult classic chiller The Sentinel to Blu-ray for the first time in the U.S. and Canada!

Planned release is for August. This often underrated, overlooked and shocking film from Director Michael Winner »

- Derek Anderson

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