Happy Halloween! As usual, I always save a few special movies in the vault so I can use them as my Halloween selection each year. This year I bring you a true horror masterpiece, The Omen. Along with The Exorcist, The Omen helped bring so much satanic imagery to the forefront of the masses that it’s weird to think how commonplace it is now. Even though “666” and its numerical connection to the Devil had been around, this is the movie that really made it known to the entire world. The Omen threw audiences into a frenzy back in the 70’s, and it still packs just as much of a punch now as it did then. The Omen is about an American Ambassador living in England who, after a growing series of bizarre deaths, begins to suspect that his (secretly) adopted son is the Antichrist. Before long everyone gets into the mix – priests, satan worshippers, evil devil dogs, you name it. For an Academy Award winning film (for Jerry Goldsmith’s absolutely iconic music) starring the legendary Gregory Peck, you’d think this would be some kind of softball studio picture that wouldn’t push boundaries. If you thought that, you’d be wrong. This movie has plenty of shocking violence from violent impalings to freaky beheadings, plus the visuals and subject matter is not of the everyday variety. Not to ruin anything, but let’s just say the discovery of the boy’s “mother” is, well, truly messed up, to say the least. And every scene is hammered that much more into your brain because of Goldsmith’s pounding music that accentuates everything. There’s a reason The Omen is iconic. It’s just so damn well done. And in today’s day and age, it really helps that a key aspect of the Antichrist is that he must grow up wealthy in the world of politics. Yep, the Antichrist is in politics. That pretty much says it all. What’s more horrifying than that. I’ll leave it there for now.
Well my lovelies, that does it for 2017’s October Horror Picks. I’ve had a great season as always, and I plan on having an entire November filled with watching nothing but romantic comedies… HA! Just kidding, horror never goes away. It’s a constant. Have a great November and beyond, and see you in 2018!