Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Halloween Gorge-Fest, Day Nine: The Omen

Movie: The Omen (1976)
Director: Richard Donner
...Who Went On To Make: Superman, The Goonies, Scrooged, and all four Lethal Weapon movies.
Channel: Fox Movie Channel

First Impressions: It's one of the best purely unsettling horror movies around, even though on the fifth or sixth viewing (I can't be sure just how many times I've seen it), it can't possibly produce the same kinds of chills or jumps that the first time did. It doesn't hold up as well as Halloween, but remembering just how fucked-up the nanny-hanging scene was, or how legitimately frightening as the baboon scene was, or how Billie Whitelaw can freak you out just standing there, you have to give this movie its due credit. I will admit to being kind of brought out of the movie every time that whackadoo Biblical prophecy mentioned the Jews and Zion. Can we not blame Israel for the emergence of the Antichrist?

Notable Edits: Not only did FoxMovies present the film commercial- and edit-free, but they also included a lengthier than expected primer on the social and historical significance of the movie. I live for that shit.

Scary Or Funny? Scary, even if that's become muted in recent years.

Best Killing? There are two in the running: one, the priest who had been running around trying to warn Gregory Peck that his kid's a demon getting javelined by a falling church spire; and two, David Warner getting his head sheared clean off by a flying pane of glass. As always, the beheading takes it.

Future Airings: none this week

Previously: Final Destination 2, Near Dark, Halloween, Evil Dead II, Pet Sematary 2, Hellraiser, The Howling, The Frighteners, Urban Legend, Hostel, Children of the Corn


JA said...

That beheading by pane of glass is so totally kick ass. That and the nanny-hanging are actually the only parts I remember; I haven't seen this in many many years.

Joe R. said...

This one I seem to be able to catch every year. Not to give away the upcoming entry for Omen II, but: not as good.