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THE OMEN – Jerry Goldsmith

April 16, 2018 Leave a comment

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Original Review by Craig Lysy

Bob Munger, a friend of Producer Harvey Bernhard of 20th Century Fox, suggested that he consider making a supernatural horror drama based on the anti-christ of the apocalypse. Bernhard was intrigued by the idea, and hired screenwriter David Seltzer to come up with a story, who exceeded Bernhard’s expectations and delivered a classic story. Richard Donner was hired to direct and he assembled a stellar cast, which included Gregory Peck as Ambassador Robert Thorn, Lee Remick as his wife Katherine, David Warner as photographer Keith Jennings, Billie Whitelaw as the sinister Mrs. Baylock, Patrick Troughton as Father Brennan, and young Harvey Stephens as Damien Thorn, he young boy at the center of the narrative. Read more…

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THE OMEN – Jerry Goldsmith

May 16, 2016 Leave a comment

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Original Review by Craig Lysy

Bob Munger, a friend of Producer Harvey Bernhard of 20th Century Fox, suggested that he consider making a supernatural horror drama based on the anti-christ of the apocalypse. Bernhard was intrigued by the idea, and hired screenwriter David Seltzer to come up with a story, who exceeded Bernhard’s expectations and delivered a classic story. Richard Donner was hired to direct and he assembled a stellar cast, which included Gregory Peck as Ambassador Robert Thorn, Lee Remick as his wife Katherine, David Warner as photographer Keith Jennings, Billie Whitelaw as the sinister Mrs. Baylock, Patrick Troughton as Father Brennan, and young Harvey Stephens as Damien Thorn, he young boy at the center of the narrative. The story involves Robert and Katherine Thorn, a happily married couple; while vacationing in Italy, Katherine goes into unexpected early labor. A priest informs Robert their son was stillborn, but offers him another child his stead, whose single mother had died in childbirth. Robert agrees to take the child, whom they name Damian, for both the child’s and his wife’s sake, but never reveals his son’s true origins to Katherine. After the family relocates to London, where Robert is the American ambassador, strange events unfold, including a series of deaths. After a terrifying encounter with a priest, Robert conducts an investigation into his son’s origins, and eventually comes to the conclusion that Damien is the anti-christ… The film was a huge worldwide commercial success, which was also acknowledged critically, securing two Academy Award nominations for Best Film Score and Best Original Song, winning one, for Best Film Score. Read more…

THE OMEN – Marco Beltrami

June 9, 2006 1 comment

Original Review by Jonathan Broxton

When Marco Beltrami was asked to score director John Moore’s remake of The Omen, it’s difficult to know whether he jumped for joy, or groaned in dismay. Jerry Goldsmith won his one and only Academy Award for his score for the original Omen in 1976, and in doing so added a new dimension to the way horror movies are scored: the ‘Latin Chant’ has become so-over used these days that it’s almost a cliché, but back in the day when Goldsmith first used them, they were groundbreaking. Beltrami is, of course, a former student of Goldsmith’s at USC, and so stepping into his great teacher shoes must have been a daunting prospect indeed. The wonderful news is that, ultimately, Beltrami has produced a wonderful modern horror score which is original to Beltrami’s musical sensibility, but can also stand as a loving homage to his mentor. Read more…