THE OMEN (1976)
Director: Richard Donner
Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Patrick Troughton, Billie Whitelaw, Holly Palance, Harvey Stephens
When his wife delivers a stillborn baby, American ambassador Robert Thorn picks up a live one from a sleazy priest. Guess who the kid turns out to be? You got it! The Anti-Christ! This big budget shocker was a popular chiller in its day but it's one hell of a hoot and a holler in hindsight. The big name stars are hilariously angst-ridden, they're wonderfully supported by a bunch of scenery-chewing Brits and the kid is the kind you’d never get sick of shaking. The main attraction however 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 a 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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