Netflix just delivered the Blu-Ray version of The Omen today. I’ve been looking forward to watching it all day. I think the last time I saw this film was when I was in high school.
To be perfectly honest, I have only snapshots of memory of the film and had even totally forgotten that Gregory Peck was in it. So don’t give anything away. I didn’t think I’d get to watch it tonight because my wife and I were going out, but unfortunately, our son was feeling sick to his stomach, so we had to leave ‘The Bourne Legacy’ just as it was starting to get exciting.
OK… roll film.
September 10, 2012 at 8:44 am
I think many of the memories that I had of The Omen actually come from the sequels. As I watched, I remembered having seen all of it before, but there was also so much missing. I have images of a pond skating disaster (something that always plagued me as a kid – we did a lot of pond skating then. And come to think of it, I even did have to fish my high school girlfriend out of the drink once) and I also remember a scene with an older Damien upstaging his teacher in boarding school. The scenes that I did recall from this first film were the deaths of his first nanny (hanging) and the priest (impalement).
What I didn’t remember was the menacing stare of his second nanny and protector (Mrs. Baylock, played by the haunting Billie Whitelaw) and her Rottweilers. I thought she brought a amazing power to the film. Her mere presence gave any scene she appeared in intense gravity. I expect that The Omen could never have gained such a following without her despite the talent of the rest of the cast.
I only just realized that The Omen was remade in 2006 – has anyone seen this version? I’m always leery of remakes of great films – even though once in a while it results in something terrific (The Wizard of Oz, Halloween, Star Trek(?))