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10.21.2004 The Omen!
by Indiana Sev

“Here is wisdom.
Let him that hath understanding
count the number of the beast:
for it is the number of a man;
and his number is 666.”

-- Book of Revelation Chapter 13 Verse 18

One of these days I’m bound to meet Ms. Right. We’ll likely fall madly in love, I’ll propose and with time, she’ll be the first, and with any luck last, Mrs. Sev. Then we’ll consummate our marriage and she’ll give birth to our first child. And you can bet your ass that before I cut the umbilical cord, name the tot or partake in any other post-natal ritual nonsense, I’ll instead be scouring the infant’s scalp for any signs of the devil, be it a 666 or whatever else. “It’s better to be safe than sorry” is the code I’ll be going by in those first few minutes of its life.

And that is just one of the many life lessons the 1976 masterpiece horror classic THE OMEN has taught me (others are “don’t impregnate jackals” and “check references before hiring nannies”). If I’ve somehow sired or adopted Lucifer’s son, I want to know right off the bat so I can take it to the nearest church and kill the f*cker - on “hallowed ground”, as the film states I should. So, God bless Richard Donner, Twentieth Century Fox and everyone else who took part in the making of that film because without it, I’d be even more lost in my long and arduous journey through life. Therefore, with Halloween just around the corner, what better occasion can there be to re-visit and maybe even familiarize some with my favorite horror flick of all time: THE OMEN!

However, seeing as these articles are supposed to be asking or suggesting something to the Hollywood community, I’ll get that out of the way first. C’mon Hollywood, re-release the film on its 30th anniversary on Halloween of 2006! This will remind some of the young, brash film executives how brilliant it is so they won’t have to charge up the same remake machine they used to pillage other 70’s horror darlings like DAWN OF THE DEAD and THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. Besides, the re-release of THE EXORCIST a few years back (with added scenes) proved to be a very profitable endeavor at the box office, so there’s money to be made here too. Leave this movie be or I swear to God I’ll summon the ghosts of the late, great Greg Peck and Lee Remick and have them haunt your asses back to the stone age. Phew, okay, now that that’s over with, I can finally shower some love onto the movie…

A couple of reasons I feel a special kinship to this movie is because it was released the year I was born and it also happens to star my favorite actor of the golden era: Gregory Peck. But the truth is that doesn’t even begin to cover the reasons why this film stands out so much. From some of the most creative kills in horror film history (which I won’t spoil here) to unforgettable moments like the “haircut”, “zoo” and “cemetery” sequences, to when that nutjob priest Father Brennan finally lays it out on the line for ambassador Thorn in the park: “He must DIE, Mr. Thorn!” THE OMEN is more than just a horror flick about Satan’s seed, Damien; it’s one of the best examples of how to make an intelligent, effective and mature horror movie without having to resort to cheap “boo” scares and scantily clad teens. The performances, directing, score and storyline all hit the mark perfectly and that’s why, in the end, THE OMEN can’t help but score a 10/10 for me every time out. I just watched it again before writing this and it still holds up strong after all these years.

So, this Halloween, if you want your special little lady or your boy-toy clutching at you real tight right before the clock strikes midnight, drive on down to the video store and rent yourself a copy of THE OMEN. You’ll get the thrills, chills and maybe even a little action on the side.

Happy Halloween!


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