HLLWN2015: More iconic than great, pulling textures and elements from Don't Look Now and Rosemary's Baby and making them a bit more pop, kitsch, and safe. But Gregory Peck lends gravitas, the sound design is creepy, and the gothic imagery shows how good lighting goes a long way. I wish it explored themes it touches on: the psychodrama involved, and the suspicion that 1976 looked pretty close to the End Times already.
At his audition, Harvey Spencer Stevens (Damien) punched Donner in the balls, and the rest is cinematic history as he went on to become the most genuinely terrifying juvenile Antichrist on screen to-date. I think I will try that the next time I have a job interview.
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