Lindsay (no stranger to the Favorite Scene Friday business) from French Toast Sunday is kicking the month of horror scenes off with an absolute classic. It's from a horror film that needs no introduction...in fact, I'm gonna just let Lindsay take it away. You can follow her on Twitter - @lindsay_fts.
Far and away my favorite classic horror film is 1976's The Omen. Starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, and David Warner, the film deals with the horrific repercussions of a father's difficult decision to adopt a child without the mother’s knowledge on the same night her baby died during childbirth. Years later the couple starts to suspect something unthinkable of the child. Could little Damien be a bonafide example of evil incarnate?
The chilling religious horror film is filled with memorable moments, but one of its best is displayed early on. Contrasted with the backdrop of a normally joyous occasion, Damien's fifth birthday party turns out to be anything but when an unexpected death occurs.
“Look at me, Damien! It’s all for you!” Could this be the disturbing ramblings of a mentally ill woman or something much more ominous (see what I did there?!) The scene is effective on every level for the audience. Shocking is an understatement as we follow the nanny's last footsteps to death. The camera lingers on her body for longer than one might expect only to be interrupted by Lee Remick's expression of utter disbelief. The entire sequence is quite upsetting but when the close up changes to Damien's unaffected face, that's when the real scope of terror starts to settle in. The Omen remains a classic for a reason. If you haven't had the pleasure already, seek out the film and see for yourself. It would be the perfect October treat.