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 director Richard 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.
This movie isn't particularly scary, but nothing gets me hyped like religious horror, so there you go. Your opinion of the movie is inevitably going to be influenced by what you expect going in: come for the story, try not to leave when they suggest the Antichrist's mother was a jackal. King James can back me up here. It's fascinating, it's fun, someone gets impaled with a lightning rod, go watch it.