A model becomes suspicious of her odd neighbors after moving in to an old apartment complex. As she continues to unravel the secrets of the building, she finds out that it is actually a gateway to hell, and that she has been selected as its newest ward. THE SENTINEL takes very slow but deliberate steps, building on the unsettling actions of the tenants as well as Allison's growing paranoia to drive the plot. Though there are few scares, the film sets and maintains an ominous mood that is carried out through its haunting score and decrepit setting. It also boasts an incredible cast, including Chris Sarandon, Jose Ferrer, Burgess Meredith, and John Carradine in addition to early starring roles by Christopher Walken and Jeff Goldbloom. The gradual increases in tension and suspense culminate in the final scenes, when the souls of the damned return to torment the young woman away from becoming a warrior for Christ. While THE SENTINEL has many elements working in its favor, the plodding pace, uninspired camera work, and mild acting make this an average watch that only stands out in a few select moments.
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