QFT Late: The Omen + Recorded Intro

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BBFC RatingQFT Late: The Omen + Recorded Intro

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Director(s)Richard Donner
Writer(s)David Seltzer
CountryUK, USA
Running Time1HR 46MINS
SeasonQFT Late - Cult & Classic

It's spooky season and QFT Late is back to scare the pants off you with a tribute to the late, great Richard Donner and his terrifying horror classic The Omen, screening in glorious 4K.

Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck), an American diplomat living in Rome, learns that his infant son died moments after birth. Rather than tell his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) the truth, which he fears would shatter her emotionally, Robert secretly arranges the adoption of another baby, Damien, through the Catholic church. Years pass with the Thorns living a seemingly idyllic life until during Damien's fifth birthday the boy's nanny suddenly commits suicide and it becomes evident that the fate of the world may hang in the clutches of a sinister child.

When director Richard Donner passed away in July 2021 he left behind a legacy of legendary audience-pleasing blockbusters, including Superman, The Goonies and the Lethal Weapon series. However, nothing on his filmography can match the lasting power of The Omen, an intelligent, taut masterpiece that influenced so many horror films that came after it.

Donner employed a first class cast and crew for his breakthrough film, including cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (A Hard Day’s Night, Star Wars) and editor Stuart Baird (The Devils, Superman). This screening will feature a recorded introduction from broadcaster Tim Burden talking about the significance of The Omen. Tim will discuss Jerry Goldsmith’s Oscar-winning score, a big reason for the film’s success, and introduce footage of the Tenerife Film Orchestra and Choir conducted by Diego Navarro performing the 10 minute concert suite before the screening (courtesy of Robert Townson Productions).

This film will not feature any ads or trailers and will begin promptly following Tim's introduction.

Image credit © 1976 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.

"Scarier than The Exorcist...contains some of the most memorable untimely deaths in cinema history." - Anna Baddeley, The Telegraph

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