Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. He is the US Ambassador to Italy and they want for nothing in their lives, except one thing: they do not have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggest that he take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees to to so but after relocating to London, strange events — and the ominous warnings of a priest – lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate. —IMDb
Working briefly as an actor in the late 1950s, American director Richard Donner first wielded the megaphone for a group of TV commercials, then graduated to the weekly western Wanted: Dead or Alive. Some of Donner’s best early work was concentrated on the fantasy anthology Twilight Zone, including the imperishable 1963 episode “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet.” Donner also worked for Hanna-Barbera, directing several episodes of “Danger Island”, a component of the 1968 kid’s series The Banana Splits; there was, however, very little that was “kiddie” about “Mystery Island,” a hallucinatory symphony of hand-held camerawork. A film director since 1961 Donner turned to movie work full time with 1968’s Salt and Pepper. The Omen (1976), a demonic-possession opus, was Donner’s first major moneymaker, leading to his directing assignment on the first Superman film in 1978. Superman was popular enough to inspire three sequels, the first of which contained so much uncredited Donner-directed footage that… read more
Better than I expected-not a horror fan-but still fumbles in a few regards. The music is way over-the-top and some characters react to events in unbelievable manners. The film definitely improves in the second half as the protagonist begins to suspect things are 'wrong'. The movie may have worked better had it been less obvious that the child was, indeed, the antichrist. More psychological thriller elements needed
My box of Criterion DVDs came right as I finished watching this, which I think must have been the universe's way of apologizing to me.