Guess what folks, I have a tale for you! The last three Halloween Request posts are going to dominate the last three days of October, because I’m not as good a planner as I thought! Sorry about that, I’m what you would call an Ideas Juggler, where I chuck all my current ideas up into the air until one of them lands in my hands while the rest remain in suspended animation. Anyway, I work on that idea for awhile until I throw it back up into the air in order to catch another. I repeated this process until one of them revealed itself to be the Halloween Request reviews and after catching this I suddenly realised I had less than a week to review the last three movies that I intended on covering!
So to sum up my rambling, I got really side tracked with other ideas that I hope will come into play later on, which explains why the last three posts will all be banked up to the end of this month and yes I deserve a big slap on the wrist for being naughty. With that out of the way, let’s have a look at The Omen.
The Omen is another 70’s horror movie and this one is from director Richard Donner who, after this, went on to make other hits like the first Christopher Reeve Superman movie, The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon movies. We’re moving from vampires to the demon spawn of Satan, an adorable oblivious looking child who apparently only desires the death of others and total chaos, so he must be destroyed at all costs.
I don’t have much to say about this one, the acting is fine and the operatic gothic score is pretty sweet. It’s easy to get into the parents’ story as they slowly realise and come to grips with the realisation that their son isn’t a sweet little boy at all. Really, most of it is just busy work until we build towards the relatively anticlimactic finale. This kid named Damian has a fittingly evil name but the boy himself doesn’t really scream out sinister to me. I feel like Gregory Peck when the raving priest keeps showing up prophesizing impending doom when what he really should be doing is taking a hike. Once Peck does finally decide to do something about the doom, I still don’t really buy that all the deaths are happening because of this wide eyed child. Maybe some scenes with just the kid and nanny being evil together would have fixed this. Speaking of deaths, the kills in this movie suck! iTunes insists that this movie is for 15 years and older, which I understand for the dark tone, but the effects on the final kills, don’t sell it for me.
That’s about it. I think another big reason I didn’t get into this movie is a “me” issue. It really only hit me, as I was writing this and I thought of an experience I had with another movie, the name of which completely escapes me. I don’t find prophesized internal dooms or hidden spiritual evils that scary. They’re not for me as I prefer scary things that are more concrete, with understandable rules and something that’s less vague. Also a cute kid who doesn’t look evil in the slightest, despite the movie telling me he is, doesn’t help at all.
Quick reminder there will be two more posts coming out sometime tomorrow and one more on Halloween day because of my lack of ability to balance out my BC content with my future goals. I wish I could tell you what those plans are, but as of this post, they’re not in a state, that I would want to share with anyone. Hopefully that will change before the end of the year, but that’s enough teasing for one post. This has been The Blog Complainer, signing out.