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Sentinel, The


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  • Sentinel, The
  • Author: Jeffrey Konvitz and Michael Winner
  • Director: Michael Winner
  • Producer: Jeffrey Konvitz and Michael Winner
  • Year: 1977
  • Country: US
  • 92 minutes
Warnings
  5 point scale
Nudity:4
Sex:3
Violence:3
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Description:
Alison Parker is a successful top model, living with her lawyer boyfriend Michael Lerman in his apartment. She has left Christ and the Catholic Church behind her and has tried to commit suicide twice in the past: the first time, when she was a teenager and saw her father cheating on her mother with two women in her home, and then when Michael's wife died.

Alison wants to live alone in her own apartment and finds a wonderful furnished old apartment in Brooklyn Heights for a reasonable rental. Upon arriving at the apartment she sees a weird man in the window in the last floor of the building and learns that he is a blind priest who lives alone supported by the Catholic Church.

After moving in her new place she meets her neighbor Charles. He welcomes her and introduces her to her new neighbors. That night, he invites Alison to his cat Jezebel's birthday party. Growing suspicious of the strangeness of her neighbors, she soon finds that no one lives in the building except for her and the priest. The next day, weird things happen with Alison in her apartment and with her health. A further investigation shows that all the people she met in the party were dead criminals. Frightened with the situation, Alison embraces Christ again, while Michael investigates the creepy events. Alison realizes that she is living in the gateway to hell.

Qvamp says:

A fairly awful movie based on the book by Jeffrey Konvitz by the same name. Though the cast is filled with well-known actors, the movie is not terribly fun to watch, and the plot is filled with holes.

Two of the strange neighbors that the main character meets are a lesbian couple that live downstairs. Though it may not have been intended, based on what else we learn about the neighbors, the two are portrayed in a somewhat homophobic way, being associated with sexual perversion and demons. Within moments of meeting the couple, we find that what they do for a living is 'fondle each other' and then one of them masturbates at the main character during a party

Rating D-
Queer Vampire Rating D-
Amount of Gay Content same-sex relationship

 

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