THE OMEN (1976)
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Patrick Troughton, Billie Whitelaw, Holly Palance, Harvey Stephens
Robert Thorn is the American ambassador to Great Britain. He and his wife are so desperate for a child that when their baby is stillborn Ambassador Thorn picks up another one from a sleazy priest in Rome and guess who little Damien turns out to be? Oh, God! No! The Anti-Christ! This big budget horror opus was a popular chiller in its day but in hindsight is one hell of a hoot and a holler. The big name stars are hilariously angst-ridden and afforded excellent support from a scenery-chewing cast of venerable Brits and the kid is the kind you’d never get sick of shaking. Religious significance is omnipresent and there’s a lot of Catholic mumbo jumbo but the main attraction is the mayhem unleashed as various characters cotton on to Damien’s terrible secret. There’s a hanging at a children’s birthday party, an impaling by church spire, a beheading by a sheet of glass, attacks by baboons, a Rottweiler and British nanny and the shocking revelation that Damien’s mother “was a jack…” The great score by Jerry Goldsmith won an Oscar but you probably won’t hear it for laughing so much. Listed in “The 50 Worst Movies of All Time” but it’s probably not that bad. Tom Cruise has made a lot of movies since that book was published.
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