Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably nice Brooklyn Heights apartment, where scary occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

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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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Centinela de los malditos  »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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Cristina Raines, under contract with Universal at the time, almost didn't get the leading role due to a female executive at Universal who was more interested in pushing other clients for parts and ignoring her. Raines was told this directly by Michael Winner, who went against the executive's wishes and cast her anyway. Cristina later said this may not have been for the best, however, and as she didn't like Winner's maddening approach to directing. The actress says she cried every day on her way to work, and admitted in a recent interview that she has never watched this film due to the treatment she received on the set. See more »

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(at around 36 mins) While Allison and the landlady are having coffee, the coffee cup is in the landlady's hand, then when the camera changes angles it's on the table, then back in her hand when the camera angle goes back. See more »

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Det. Gatz: [looking at old police mugshots] Rebecca and Malcolm Stinnett. Sell. Gerde Engstrom. Emma and Lillian Clotkin. Anna Clark. All people the Parker girl said she met.
Det. Rizzo: All killers, all dead. She went to a party with eight dead murderers.
Det. Gatz: Doesn't everybody?
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This movie is a classic in psychological horror!
25 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have read the book and I must say that this movie stays true to form. I think this is the beginning of the psychological thrillers in the same genre of Psycho. Cristina Raines gives an excellent performance as the lead, and Burgess Meredith gives an excellent supporting actor as the next-door neighbor. I have seen this movie at least twice and I think that I am going to buy both the book and the movie for my collection. The suspense just keeps building up to the climatic end, the twist you will never see coming. If you like movies like Signs and The Village, the Sentinel will be a classic prelude. Also, what is interesting is the actors in the movie-you would not recognize them if you did not read the credits. The late Jerry Orbach is great as the commercial director and Jeff Goldblum is excellent as the photographer. Also there is Beverly D'Angelo, who is underrated but great.


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