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Richard Donner United States, 1976

Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film The Omen

A mixture of cheesiness and sincere scares. For every staple scene--"It's all for you, Damien!"-- The Omen overplays other ones-- especially when establishing Damien as evil-- thus feeling like a crowd pleaser trying to meet a scare scene quota rather than developing it naturally from story. It's more loud and brash than unnerving and disturbing, much closer to modern mainstream horror than anything during its time.