The Omen (1976)

Films about Satan and his minions remain popular for a number of reasons, but a key one must be the fact that, when depicting the infinite power of the Devil, filmmakers can get away with just about anything. The Omen is chock-full of creepy business: the weird nanny and her rottweiler sidekick, the zoo animals behaving erratically, the young lad on his tricycle bumping his mother over the banister, the church lightning rod spearing the priest where he stands, and, of course, cinema’s most iconic beheading scene, shown from multiple angles in juicily slow motion. Like many classics of the genre, Donner’s first feature wasn’t especially well-received by critics at the time, but it’s remained a mainstay on late-night TV and ‘best of horror’ lists. DA
Dir Richard Donner (Gregory Peck, Lee Remick)

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