Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Chris Sarandon, Cristina Raines, Martin Balsam, John Carradine, Jose Ferrer, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Arthur Kennedy, Sylvia Miles, Eli Wallach, Christopher Walken, Jerry Orbach, Beverly D'Angelo

The Sentinel, director Michael Winner's fascinating and bizarre adaptation of co-screenwriter Jeffrey Konvitz's same-named novel, is one of the better unsung triumphs of the '70s. Namely for its all-bets-off, see-it-to-believe-it finale, which sees the gates of Hell open, and freakish zombie-like demons run amok inside, the interior of a Brooklyn brownstone. The craziest thing about it, though: Winner cast a bunch of actual circus freaks and disfigured people to play the demons. Pure insanity. —MB