Rev. Warlock DRACONIS BLACKTHORNE (dblackthorne) wrote,
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The Omen Legacy

Spechtreum: Documentary

The Omen Legacy
{30 October, XXXVI A.S. Promethius Entertainment. Produced/Directed by Bent Zacky. Narrated by Jack Palance. Color, 101 minutes}

I was pleasantly surprised while inspecting the special features disc on My recently-acquired Omen Collection {I-IV, special features disc, plus the 6/6/06 remake, also containing the 666 Revelations featurette with Rev. Moore}, the films which I had previously collected on VHS, but having them now on DVD is just splendid. I discovered 'The Omen Legacy' documentary included hereon, which features none other than Our Magistra Blanche Barton commenting from the Satanic perspective on the effects this series has had on culture. Most notably, when asked about the III finale {the DP}, she observes that {paraphrased} "...Well, I suppose it makes people feel better, although it seems rather contrived". Considering the herd's dualistic mentality, it seems true for this entertainment fare, although these are timelessly amusing for what they are.

The Omen Curse

In the curses and coincidences section, the legendary Omen Curse is related, recounting the strange incidents surrounding the production of these films, from a pilot who crashed his plane onto a car containing his wife and children, to two seperate planes being struck by lightning, prop malfunctions, near and fatal auto collisions which took the life of a special effects technician's girlfriend {who was decapitated}, health problems, and a constantly pervasive sensation of "evil". There were even christian nuts and weakan protestors {humorously, the latter were called "devil-worshippers" by the media!}, and the suicide of a girl who claimed influence by the movies.

Highlights

Other highlights include behind-the-scenes footage from the sets, greatest moments scenes, personal recollections and experiences, innovative special effects techniques, rare art and photography, and interviews with Magistra Blanche Barton, producers Richard Donner & Mace Neufeld, screenwriter David Seltzer, actors David Warner, Lance Henriksen, Lee Grant, Lisa Harrow, and Michael Lerner.

Also included are commentries by Catholic Priest and professor of theology Dr. Felix Just, and protestant minister Rev. Doug Posey, who relate the typical christian opinion on the antichrist mythos, claiming The Devil did not want the movie made, stating the ubiquitous "the greatest lie of The Devil is that He doesn't exist..." Well hypothetically, perhaps 'The Gentleman' DID want it made, and just utilized the propaganda to make it all even more interesting...

Throughout the conversations, Omens I -IV are covered in this documentary, as the subsequent Omen 666 had not yet been made. All this wonderful content accompanied by the brooding narration of Jack Palance creates a delightfully nefarious atmosphere framing the series nicely. Highly recommended for Omen fantoms and collectors of Church of Satan interviews.

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