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Year
1976
Runtime
111 min.
Director
Richard Donner
Genre
Horror
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
62,118
Checks
16,774
Favs
678
Dislikes
89
Favs/checks
4.0% (1:25)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. brainfabias's avatar

    brainfabias

    There are two types of Horror films:
    One, which relies on cheap scares and in-your-face monstrosities, much like The Conjuring.
    The other type, relies on eerie cinematography, bone-chilling music, and induces a gradual stream of terror which besets your heart even after the film is long over. Example: The Omen (1976)
    ...
    7 years 1 month ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    There's more to The Omen than I remembered. On the surface, it's one of those horror movies that trades on dispassionate kids being creepy. And obviously, it banks on the 1970s interest in the occult, with its da Vinci Code-like investigation of the Antichrist myth across Europe. But watching it again, I was taken by the subtext. This is about post-partem, isn't it? Though it's literal in this case, the mother comes to believe her child is evil and indeed, NOT her child. And though not exactly the poster child for adoption, Damien comes to be the rejected child who finds comfort in the arms of a nanny. That he's also at the center of a war between Heaven and Hell (in which Pat Troughton is a soldier, always fun to see a former Doctor as a doomsayer) is almost besides the point. The Omen also has great atmosphere and every death scene is memorably staged by director Richard Donner (Superman, this isn't). An iconic supernatural detective story with thrilling horror moments peppered throughout. 2 years ago
  3. MathianSim's avatar

    MathianSim

    Goddamn, that decapitation was pretty spectacular. 5 years 7 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #32 in TSZDT's The 1,000 Greatest Horror Films
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