Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Omen (1976)

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Richard Donner
My rating: 4 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Fox)

American diplomat Gregory Peck accepts the offer from a Roman priest to switch an abandoned infant for his own, which died during childbirth, to spare his wife. He is appointed ambassador to England and moves his family into a large mansion near London. Strange deaths begin to occur, as well as warnings from another Roman priest that his son is actually the Antichrist. As the bizarre deaths continue to mount around him, the skeptical father along with a concerned journalist head to Israel in search of an archaeologist who tells them how to kill the boy. Although filled with memorable death scenes, including a famous decapitation, it is Peck's transformation from concerned father to the realization that he must kill a young child that is truly horrific. Jerry Goldsmith's score, featuring a Satanic chant in Latin, adds immeasurably to the atmosphere.

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