A young woman moves into an apartment in a building which houses a sinister evil.


Michael Winner


Jeffrey Konvitz (novel), Michael Winner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Sarandon ... Michael Lerman
Cristina Raines ... Alison Parker
Martin Balsam ... Professor Ruzinsky
John Carradine ... Father Halliran
José Ferrer ... Robed Figure
Ava Gardner ... Miss Logan
Arthur Kennedy ... Monsignor Franchino
Burgess Meredith ... Charles Chazen
Sylvia Miles ... Gerde
Deborah Raffin ... Jennifer
Eli Wallach ... Detective Gatz
Christopher Walken ... Detective Rizzo
Jerry Orbach ... Film Director
Beverly D'Angelo ... Sandra
Hank Garrett ... Brenner


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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She was young. She was beautiful. She was next! See more »




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Did You Know?


And where is "The Sentinel" House? - 10 Montague Terrace, Brooklyn, NY, 11201- Brooklyn Heights - And it's still there in 2018 with - 20 units - and - 4 stories. - Description for 10 Montague Terrace - At the intersection of Remsen Street, 10 Montague Terrace is a beautiful co-op right off the Promenade. The prewar building was built in 1850, it has an elevator, central laundry room, and common storage. See more »


When ghostly neighbor Malcolm Stinnett's face begins to spontaneously bleed during the film's climax, the tube pumping the blood under the forehead appliance is visible on the top of his head. See more »


Michael Lerman: It's all right. Listen, listen. I know everything now. The Latin you saw in that book was an ancient warning from the angel Gabriel to the angel Uriel.
Alison Parker: Michael, what are you talking about?
Michael Lerman: The angel Uriel was stationed at the entrance to Eden to guard it from the devil. Since that time a long line of guardians... sentinels, have guarded the world against evil. Right now it's Father Halliran upstairs. But tonight YOU become the next sentinel. All the people you saw here, the old man, the lesbians....
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Alternate Versions

The original opening of the film, including some outdoors shots filmed in northern Italy, implied that the sentinels were controlled by an order of the Catholic Church. These scenes were replaced in the American broadcast version with new scenes involving the same cast, now describing the sentinels as minions of an excommunicated order of defrocked priests, the "Brotherhood of the Protectors." In the TV version, Jose Ferrer's character is a monsignor instead of a cardinal, and has more dialog. See more »


Spoofed in Little Nicky (2000) See more »

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* * out of 4.
15 August 2002 | by brandonsites1981See all my reviews

A fashion model (Christina Raines) begins having strange visions, physical problems, and nightmares after moving into a new apartment. Her neighbors are acting even weirder. She keeps having flashbacks about a past suicide attempt and her boyfriend (Chris Sarandon) is in total disbelief.

As far as shock value is concerned this film is a total success. It features some of the strangest, most disturbing images in movie history and that ending is really something. However, it is extremely dull and uneven for most of the films running time. Still, it has a GREAT cast.

Rated R; Nudity, Graphic Violence, Sexual Situations, and Profanity.

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English | Italian | Latin

Release Date:

11 February 1977 (USA) See more »

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$3,700,000 (estimated)
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