Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Omen (1976)

Considered to be a classic, although it's not really very good. For one thing, there's no surprise about what's going on; you already know that Damien's not quite right from the opening titles. Gregory Peck does a strong job as the anguished father, and there are some good, lavishly rendered death sequences, but these two features feel like they don't belong in the same movie as each other. Doesn't Richard Donner know that if you're going to decapitate someone from three different camera angles, the movie as a whole shouldn't take itself too seriously?

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