Day 5: The Omen (1976)
Writer: David Seltzer
Director: Richard Donner
Year released: 1976
There are a select few horror movies that I find myself coming back to over and over again. This is one of them. I’ve seen The Omen so many times it doesn’t matter because each time I see it I find something fresh.
Overview: The son of an American ambassador is a magnet for mysterious deaths.
- There is a supposed curse surrounding this film. There are way too many strange events to name them all, but here are just a few: Gregory Peck and David Seltzer each took separate planes and each of their planes was struck by lightening. A hotel Robert Donner was staying at was bombed by the IRA. A flight Peck was supposed to take crashed, all on board died. The Rottweiler’s on set attacked their trainer, a zoo keeper was killed at the safari park a day after the safari scene was filmed there.
- Since casting was having a difficult time finding the boy who would play Damien a girl was considered for the role.
- Many writers turned down the project because of the subject matter.
- The Vatican was opposed to the film.
- The site of the archeological dig in the film was actually part of a real dig in the Old City of Jerusalem.