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 Posted:   Nov 17, 2016 - 7:29 PM   
 By:   msmith   (Member)

I didn't really like this film. But if I had a rowdy audience reaction like this, I'd have liked it a lot more.

The Dykes Downstairs:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywaXkXm17BM

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2016 - 2:48 AM   
 By:   bobbengan   (Member)

Also a fan of this work, and Gil Melles' orchestral output in general. I'd love to see a release of this, EMBRYO, THE INTRUDER WITHIN and BLOOD BEACH, the latter of which (a spooky Jaw-type score) was my first exposure to this composer when I was a kid.

He was indeed a unique and inventive voice, even if not all his music was the easiest listen away from the films he scored. Kind of like Billy Goldberg in that regard...

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 18, 2016 - 4:42 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Well I can't pass up this opportunity to remind you all just how brilliantly inventive this score is, although I said it all here five years ago under my hard-to-decipher pseudonym. The original thread looks slightly bittersweet now due to the fact that Robert0, who started it, has since passed away, but it's nice that we can remember him and his always-positive attitude and enthusiasm through these old posts.

msmith - I'm sure audience reaction actually was like the way we hear it in your link, certainly in the midnight showings.

bobbengan - Totally with you in your love of those other Mellé scores. Just looking back over his filmography and checking out some YT links, I was going to add to your list by saying, "And this is great too...", but it would be a lengthy list indeed. It's a pity that the films Gil Mellé scored were very often sub-par or under-the-radar, but once you hear his style(s) it's immediately recognisable.

I couldn't find the Main Titles from THE SENTINEL on the Tube, to see how well everything interacts (music and visuals), but it's absolutely superb music on its own and in its own right, and much more than just standard horror-and-suspense clichés.

So there ya go. THE SENTINEL - Superb.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 28, 2017 - 7:08 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

I would like this, if it is ever released.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2017 - 8:19 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

We watched this for the first time. A flawed film, yet a wonderful one, with full-on 1970s aesthetics.

Were 1970s horror/supernatural film directors contractually obligated to hire Burgess Meredith?

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2017 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   Jeff Eldridge   (Member)

From the July 28, 1976, issue of the Los Angeles Times:

John Williams, whose music provided much of the background tension in Jaws, will score the movie adaptation of Peter Benchley's second adventure novel, The Deep. Williams has also been signed by Universal to compose music for The Sentinel, a Michael Winner film shooting in New York City.

 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2017 - 2:15 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

From the July 28, 1976, issue of the Los Angeles Times:

John Williams, whose music provided much of the background tension in Jaws, will score the movie adaptation of Peter Benchley's second adventure novel, The Deep. Williams has also been signed by Universal to compose music for The Sentinel, a Michael Winner film shooting in New York City.


Wow, is this common knowledge? I wonder what transpired to change composers.

Edit: never mind, I see it is common knowledge:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076683/trivia
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?forumID=1&pageID=3&threadID=8538&archive=1
http://www.filmscoremonthly.com/board/posts.cfm?forumID=1&pageID=2&threadID=96431&archive=0

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 29, 2017 - 3:08 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Williams must have been annoyed when the score was accidentally credited to Gill Melle!

 
 
 Posted:   May 1, 2017 - 11:39 AM   
 By:   jpteacher568   (Member)

Williams must have been annoyed when the score was accidentally credited to Gill Melle!




Gil Melle did indeed score Michael Winner's film of THE SENTINEL. John Williams was the first composer signed for it, but he had backed out due to a graphic scene which caused him to faint. When Winner got Melle, he asked, "You're not going to faint on us, are you Gil?"

From correspondence with this writer and interview with the composer, 2002.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 2:44 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Wake me up if some enterprising label has the balls to someday release this absolutely spectacular score. All the effusive comments above would then be seen to be pretty much right, and not too exaggerated.

But I guess it will never happen. Never mind, cheer up. I'm gonna watch that nutty, creepy scarefest on DVD again, because it's eye-poppingly grotesque, and Mellé's score is pure batshit brilliance. Immense stuff.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 2:53 AM   
 By:   Stephen Lister   (Member)

Wake me up if some enterprising label has the balls to someday release this absolutely spectacular score. All the effusive comments above would then be seen to be pretty much right, and not too exaggerated.

But I guess it will never happen. Never mind, cheer up. I'm gonna watch that nutty, creepy scarefest on DVD again, because it's eye-poppingly grotesque, and Mellé's score is pure batshit brilliance. Immense stuff.


It was announced as one of the upcoming titles that La La Land will be releasing from the Universal vaults.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 2:56 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

April 23, Stephen. Do pay attention.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 3:48 AM   
 By:   Stephen Lister   (Member)

April 23, Stephen. Do pay attention.

Ah, Earthling humour. A difficult concept. wink

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 8:15 AM   
 By:   Jeff Bond   (Member)

BTW The Sentinel has plenty of synthesizers along with the acoustic instruments--fascinating score.

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 9:39 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Hoping.for a repeat of the FORBIN experience!

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 9:46 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I skimmed through a copy of the film on Youtube (in Spanish). I had to give up. The film is just ... well, not something I'll be watching willingly. And the score has nice bits, but that's just it -- bits -- it kept going all over the place and then ending abruptly.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 10:00 AM   
 By:   gyorgyL   (Member)

I saw the film and remember the music , at one moment in the film, there was a similar pizzicati sequence similar to what John Williams used in ROTLA for the spiders motif "In the Idol's Temple"...

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   The Mutant   (Member)

I gotta throw on my Blu-ray again. All I remember is the black and white cat wearing a party hat.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   Xebec   (Member)

The film is worth a watch, the music is decent and the blu-ray has an excellent Michael Winner commentary.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2019 - 12:58 PM   
 By:   Dylan   (Member)

"The Sentinel" is a great score - beautiful and eerie. I'm very happy La La Land is releasing it!

 
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