Richard Donner made 1976’s ‘The Omen’ brilliant

[rating=4]Starring: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw
Director(s): Richard Donner
Writer(s): David Seltzer

Gregory Peck tries to kill the devil in 'The Omen'
Gregory Peck tries to kill the devil in ‘The Omen’

It had been years since I saw The Omen. I wasn’t quite sure how much of it I’d actually remember when I sat down to watch it the other night, but surprisingly enough I remembered virtually all of it.

What I didn’t remember, however, was how good a movie it was.

Richard Donner crafted a brilliantly intriguing religious thriller. It is wonderfully paced, with some terrific scenes and strong acting. The young boy, played perfectly by Harvey Stephens, is stunningly creepy. That last moment when he turns to the camera and smiles is chilling. I was honestly surprised by how much I liked this film. I’m not a fan of these kinds of movies. I thought The Exorcistwas rather boring. Religiously-themed fright flicks just don’t interest me. But what Donner had created here, with screenwriter David Seltzer, was just outstanding.

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