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The Horror Collection par excellence,
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This review is from: The Omen Collection (DVD)Unless you're a Hammer Horror Fan, this is THE Horror Collection you were waiting for.
Good acting, mixed with good and chilling stories make these the one to own.
This is a TRILOGY. Unfortunately Fox Studios tried to rehash it for TV a fourth time without even coming near to the first and only three original ones. It is divided like an opera in three acts.
Remember that the Calibre of cast members in the first three ranges from Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner to William Holden, Lee Grant and finally Sam Neill.
A cast who could never be assembled for a TV movie.
The first act, "The Omen", is perhaps the best of the trilogy because it introduces us to the Evil one. The protagonists are as shocked and horrified when they learn, step by step as we do, who and what the Evil one is and is planning to do.
The second act, "Damien - Omen II", is the natural evolution of the first one, in which we follow the growth in strength and power of Lucifer (or Satan if you prefer, although his name is never openly pronounced in all three movies). The interesting part is when the Evil one gets confirmation of who He really is and suddenly has a "panic attack" followed by sheer despair!
Act three, "Omen III - The Final Conflict", is the Apotheosis of the Trilogy in which Damien is at the top of the world, literally. He is finally ready to take possession of his Kingdom on Earth. People are ready, conditions are ready and it seems there's nothing able to stop him. Nothing, except...
Less gory than the Exorcist, The Omen Trilogy still has vicious and very graphic death scenes. The beauty of them is that there is no direct murder involved, at least not in the first two. They all happen by accident and very conveniently...
The Horror doesn't come in the form of monsters or monstruous beings, but is brought to us by angelic beings and "natural" coincidences, which make this even more controversial and eerie than any other Horror movie ever made.
Also consider the haunting Evil Messianic Chants for Choir and Full Symphonic Orchestra composed by Jerry Goldsmith for all three movies. They all are masterpieces in musical composition and if the movies won't scare you, then the music will.
Everything is well balanced. The acting, the stories, the effects and the music, they all promise you a true ride through Hell on Earth.
Definetly not for the faint-hearted. If you're easily scared by a door squeeking or a window lashing then forget all about it.
Moreover, if you're the religious believer, be advised, this is nothing for you, even though references are just very loosely based on the Scriptures it still might cause you some problems.
For all the others, go ahead, make the Devil's Day!