Cinema: Bedeviled

THE OMEN

Directed by RICHARD DONNER

Screenplay by DAVID SELTZER

The Omen presents just one question of genuine interest: Can the antiChrist, moving among us in the form of a five-year-old boy, scare the world this summer as profitably as Bruce the Shark did, moving along similarly shallow shores of the mind, a year ago?

The answer is, probably. For The Omen is, like Jaws, a brisk, highly professional thriller, in which an implausible tale is rendered believable by the total conviction with which it is told. As did Jaws, it offers, from start to...

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