THE OMEN (1976)

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Elizabeth

God, it’s not even worth trying to figure out what installment The Omen is in our ongoing Kids Ruin Everything series, but this is probably at the top of the list of being the most explicit in that message.

I hadn’t seen The Omen in a long time, and watching it again reminded me a lot of Rosemary’s Baby, a favorite of mine, in the way it deals with women and children. Both movies have men take over life-altering decisions in terms of their children, without ever informing their wives/mother of the child, both with pretty catastrophic results. Plus, they both have the devil.

I guess the most telling is when Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck, looking good but being kind of a dick) believes his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick) is going crazy . . . because she’s completely figured out the fact that their son is not actually her’s and is probably evil/the devil? It doesn’t occur to anyone that Katherine’s not crazy and just smart. But whatever.

I guess this is one of the few movies where you want the child to die at the end. That alone makes it interesting enough to watch.

Christopher

It’s just like when I saw Rosemary’s Baby, HOW HAVE I NOT SEEN THIS MOVIE. I’ve been on a big horror movie kick recently, mostly without Elizabeth, but when we decide to watch horror movies together they generally are actually good, and The Omen was fantastic. I’m really excited to see the others; I’m sure they’re not that good but seeing the story of this demon child evolve sounds interesting.

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