FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: The Sentinel (w/ the author of The Sentinel novel Jeffrey Konvitz in person!)

Co-presented by Scream Factory.

For a glorious period of the 70′s, following the success of The Exorcist, the supernatural thriller was king in horror cinema, many of them featuring beautiful women tormented by malevolent entities. Of this crop, one of the most unsettling and wonderful is Michael (Death Wish) Winner’s 1977 brain-melter The Sentinel. Starring Christina Raines as the harried beauty, an absurdly star-studded supporting cast (Chris Sarandon, Beverly D’Angelo, Jeff Goldblum, Eli Wallach, John Carradine, Burgess Meredith, Jerry Orbach, Ava Gardner, Jose Ferrer and Christopher Walken!) and real, honest-to-goodness sideshow freaks, the sheer “wow” factor boasted by the film is frankly second to none. The story centers around a New York City brownstone that is also a portal to hell (but hey, the rent is reasonable!), and by the film’s dizzying climax you too will feel as though you have been delivered into this freakish and terrifying dimension — of total awesomeness! This is one of those 70′s horror gems that gets unfairly overlooked time and time again, so don’t make that mistake and join us for a rare, 35mm screening!

Dir. Michael Winner, 1977, 35mm, 92 min.

Watch the Cinefamily original trailer!