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THE OMEN (1976) *** ½

Director Richard Donner delivers a crackerjack big budget horror movie that ain’t exactly scary, but it does have some of the most memorable set pieces in horror film history. Ambassador Gregory Peck’s child dies at birth so he pulls the old Texas Switch on wife Lee Remick, by adopting a baby boy named Damien to raise as their own. The only problem is that he’s the spawn of Satan. At his birthday party, his nanny shouts, “It’s all for you Damien!” and hangs herself in front of a plethora of tots. Then Remick’s car is attacked by a pack of wild baboons. Then a priest is impaled by a lightning rod. After his wife nearly breaks her neck, David Warner’s head gets lopped off by a sheet of glass and he finds 666 emblazoned on the kid’s noggin, Peck is finally convinced that his kid is the Antichrist. Donner brings style to the film and Peck lends considerable credibility to the movie, but that doesn’t disguise the fact that this is pretty much a B picture. Writer David Seltzer also wrote the classic mutant bear movie Prophecy. Followed by three sequels and a remake. Donner went on to direct Superman next.
Tags: horror, o, omen series
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