The Omen is a horror classic and it’s good. You know this already. I watched it because the crap I have been viewing lately is spiraling me into some sort of weird existentialist depression. I needed a brilliant film to get my groove back.
Inexplicably, I left this film off my Top 50 Horror Movies of All Time list. A mistake I will be correcting upon my next update of that list. The Omen frightened the hell out of me as a kid and still does to this day. Damn those evil Rottweilers.
I love a good slow burning horror thriller. Without a doubt they are my favorite kind of film and the type that I find the most frightening. It is what you CAN’T see or don’t know that encourages and develops true fear and The Omen capture that essence perfectly. Our own imaginations hold much greater power to frighten us than any director can show us. In the best horror films, such as this one, the directors play on this notion and let the audience do the heavy lifting.
Another factor, and one that should be noted, is the superb acting. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick are at the top of their game in perfectly cast roles. Comparing them to a couple actors I won’t name that played the same parts in the remake is essentially an affront to God.
As the suspense builds, so does the music. The score, as always, for horror movies is one of the defining pieces of its legacy. Jerry Goldsmith is able to deliver music that is incredibly devilish all the while meticulously building the ever mounting suspense.
The film is a bit dated now and I would expect new audiences to not be as generous in their reviews. That is okay; we live in a different time. Patience is a virtue that has been lost in today’s genre films. Audiences today want torture porn and visceral graphic deaths, none of which you will find here. Let them have it.
If you want to go back to a time when directors weren’t all about trying to create the “sickest” death; then I recommend sitting back and enjoying one of the finer entries into the horror genre ever made.
Snore Factor: Z (One of the best)