The Omen Turns 35

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A fondly nostalgic look back at the horror classic that spawned a franchise. Back to Article

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Brad H.

Brad Hadfield

Loved The Omen, but why no mention of the remake turning 5? Oh, that's right, because it was unnecessary and stupid. I swear they only made it so they could release it on 06/06/06.

Jun 1 - 06:29 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

Now THIS is great horror.

"Fear not, little one. I am here to protect thee."

And what a score by Mr. Goldsmith! (r.i.p.)

What is gawd-awful is that trailer. Talk about cheesey and spoilery! It's like a spoof of a Grindhouse trailer.

Jun 1 - 09:04 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

TOTALLY!!!!
grrrrreeeaat hrrrrooorrrrrr.
Rolling the 'r's like Dracula from Northern Europe.

Jun 1 - 09:44 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

CFM, the art of trailer making has changed a lot in 35 years. You can't really judge it by today's standards. Want to see something that is hideous to today's way of thinking, check out the original Star Wars trailer.

Jun 1 - 02:36 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

I just finished reading the David Seltzer novel on Sunday.

WOW . . . easily one of the most terrifying movies of my childhood.

Whenever Siskel & Ebert on Sneak Previews discussed Horror Films they'd show Michael Myers sitting-up behind Laurie Strode in Halloween, the scene of the shark "Rushing" the girl on the boat near Cable Junction in Jaws 2 and the scene of Damien riding his Big Wheel down the landing and crashing into Kathy Thorn in THE OMEN . . . Kathy Thorn (Lee Remeck) and The Goldfish crash down to the floor and she loses the baby.

(it must have been 1978 and I was 7 and Gene Siskeland Roger Ebert were discussing the current state of Horror Movies--three years later Siskel & Ebert woyuld be showing scenes from The Toolbox Murders, Nightmares in a Damaged Brain, and I Spit on Your Grave and telling "me" what a wretched state Horror Films were in).


FREAKIN' THE OMEN, DUDE!!!!!!! AVE SATANI !!!!!! the Academy Award Winning music by Jerry Goldsmith (rest in peace) . . . TOTALLY FREAKY AND SCARY

"Ave Satani, Ave Satani, Ave Satani, Ave Satani, Ave Satani, AVE SATANI, AVE SATANI, AVE SATANI (chanting)" (Little Satan)
and the SPIKE falls from the Church Spire and totally IMPALES Father Tassone.

----nope, they sure don't make Horror Films like The Omen anymore . . . times are different and the sensibilities of the audience has changed.

Today there are still some wonderful HORROR MOVIES: Insidious, Paranormal Activity 1 and 2, Blair Witch Project, 28 Days Later, 28 Weeks Later, Dawn of the Dead the remake, Texas Chainsaw Massacre-the remake, and TCM-the begining . . . even THE WALKING DEAD TV Series.

The Horror Genre is not DEAD . . . hasn't flat-lined. Horror Movies, like Danny and the Juniors' Rock N' Roll is Here to Stay, . . .will never DIE.

horror/?hr?r/Noun
1. An intense feeling of fear, shock, or disgust.
2. A thing causing such a feeling.

A Horror Film MUST produce feelings (emotions) of Fear, Shock, or Disgust.

Tim Burton's movies are Dark Comedies, so Tim Burton is off the hook . . .
I thought Tim Burton was saying his films were Horror . . . but they are comedies.



Jun 1 - 09:25 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

Dig the love ya showin for The Walking Dead tv show, GFTRABC Sr Jr Esq. Only six episodes for Season 1, but man was I glad it got picked up for another 13 for Season 2. Not terrifying, per se, but zombie apocalypse settings still fit in the horror genre somewhere somehow.

Jun 1 - 11:26 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

here:

"TIM BURTON'S THE MAN"!!!!!
okay, there I said it.


(maybe there can be a Tim Burton Course of Study at Berkley or UCLA or Columbia or NYU) . . . someone said Tim Burton's films resembled Charles Addams paintings.


Jun 1 - 09:42 AM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

TOTALLY!!!!
grrrrreeeaat hrrrrooorrrrrr.
Rolling the 'r's like Dracula from Northern Europe.

Jun 1 - 09:44 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

CFM, the art of trailer making has changed a lot in 35 years. You can't really judge it by today's standards. Want to see something that is hideous to today's way of thinking, check out the original Star Wars trailer.

Jun 1 - 02:36 PM

CFM

'schak Attack

Dig the love ya showin for The Walking Dead tv show, GFTRABC Sr Jr Esq. Only six episodes for Season 1, but man was I glad it got picked up for another 13 for Season 2. Not terrifying, per se, but zombie apocalypse settings still fit in the horror genre somewhere somehow.

Jun 1 - 11:26 AM

ProducerPaul

Paul Barrett

CFM, the art of trailer making has changed a lot in 35 years. You can't really judge it by today's standards. Want to see something that is hideous to today's way of thinking, check out the original Star Wars trailer.

Jun 1 - 02:36 PM

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