Monday, October 15, 2018

favorite movie #75 - halloween edition: the omen

Favorite movies that have had an impact on me - #75 - The Omen (1976) - Evil kids are a horror staple, and The Omen is one of the best. Ambassador Thorn (Gregory Peck) doesn't tell his wife that an orphan infant has been substituted in hospital for their reportedly deceased child. Big mistake. As their little Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens) grows, both parents become aware that things around the child aren't exactly right — a nanny hangs herself, the new nanny (Billie Whitelaw) is super-creepy, and animals are as frightened of the kid as Damien seems to be about entering a church. Probably responsible for the widespread knowledge of the dark significance of numbers 666, The Omen mixed eerie suspense with the Hollywood star power of Peck for a really great movie. David Warner is engaging as the unfortunate photographer who tries to help Thorn unravel the true origins of Damien's birth.
Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck): If there were anything wrong, you'd tell me, wouldn't you?
Kathy Thorn (Lee Remick): Wrong? What could be wrong with our child, Robert? We're beautiful people, aren't we?


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