The Sentinel (1977)
Director: Michael Winner
Main Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Beverly D’Angelo
Storyline: A young model moves into an apartment that seems to be haunted by some unholy presence.
Review (Spoils): Young fashion model Alison Parker (Cristina Raines) lives with her lawyer boyfriend Michael Lerman but is a little unstable. She has attempted suicide a few times once when she was a teenager and again later on in her life. She has forgotten and left Christ behind in her hard times. She feels she is not ready for marriage under the pressure so she moves into an apartment of her own. She gets comfortable with it even though she has a blind priest that lives below, a man who celebrates birthdays for his cat and of course visions of people who are really dead.
The apartment that is not what it seems or at least not the atmosphere anyways. The film plays off of the Catholic beliefs and brings that eerie 70s horror onto the screen. I personally love this stuff and the scenery is well done and for a haunting occult type film this one is a gem sitting close to The Amityville Horror or The Exorcist. Many claim this film is to be pro Catholic but I’m not totally convinced of this as I think it plays more on which using religion to bring out the horror.
Rating: Want a great 70s haunting film check this one out. It is a hidden gem that many do not know about. Cristina Raines is awesome and so Beverly D’Angelo, great acting all around. The special effects are right up there and the film is actually chilling. This is a must see for horror fans.
Child’s Play (1988)
Director: Tom Holland
Main Stars: Catherine Hicks, Chris Sarandon, Alex Vincent, Brad Dourif
Storyline: A serial killer Charles Lee Ray transforms his soul into a doll before he is killed by police. The doll is later on bought from single mom Karen Barclay to give to her son Andy. What they did not know is the Eddie needs to put his own soul into the boys to become human again.
Review (Spoils): This movie can be sillybut really it is a serial killer trapped in a doll called Chucky (Brad Dourif ) who talks his new friend Andy into doing deeds for him, what’s not to love? We have the pretty and innocent mother Karen (Catherine Hicks) who wants anything more in the world is happiness for her son Andy (Alex Vincent)till he starts to lie and act strange out of character.Chucky has been building a false friendship with the child that he can gather trust so that he use a ritual to transfer his soul into Andy. We have lots of knife stabs and slashes but nothing for over the top gore. The film bases around the one liners and mouthiness of the walking serial toy boy. The movements and character build of Chucky himself is what makes the movie. Chucky through film becomes an icon of horror films when it comes to killer dolls. Hell if you can make a child believe “His real name is Charles Lee Ray and he’s been sent down from Heaven by daddy to play with me” you’re one evil bastard.
Rating: If you’re not offended by foul language give this doll a chance as he is one potty mouthed MF. If you can get past the annoying child this movie is worth a couple cold ones with some friends.