Cursed Films is back! This episode has The Omen as it’s subject, a film that I actually haven’t seen before this episode. I did watch it before I watched this episode and The Omen ISSSSS… okay. It’s well directed but there isn’t really that interesting of a story and kind of wish that there was some more emotion to the film. All my feelings on The Omen actually sum up my feelings of this episode of Cursed Films. It’s fine, I don’t have strong feelings about it, but it’s still alright.
Again there is a lot of interesting information here, but compared to previous episodes it is lacking. The episode involves the incidents of lighting striking the flight of two of the actors, how a movie like The Omen can attract the attention of the Devil, and the death of a zookeeper that took place not long after their filming at this park. The problem lies that it doesn’t really dive into these incidents that much. It really just says that stuff happened and then moves on.
There is a point in the episode where it decides to focus on something very strange. It decides to shift focus to a bunch of black magicians who talk about how curses work and how someone might curse a film’s production. It’s not like what’s being talked about isn’t interesting and I can say that I was never bored (unlike the first episode), but for something that is supposed to focus on The Omen it feels very irrelevant. Maybe if this was a documentary that took a broader approach to many different films it would be easy to just see this as a quick and easy segment but when we are focusing on a specific film it’s hard not to see this as a distraction to the story of The Omen.
The documentary does end on a better note by shifting focus to talking about how easy it is to label the film cursed. One of the subjects talked about how you can easily label a horror movie as cursed but if you actually look at other troubled productions people talk about it less. Like when Omen director, Richard Donner, moved onto Supermanwhich started a curse of its own but people don’t talk about it in the same way. But if you also look at one of the scariest movies ever made, The Shining, never had such a production. The overall point was that if you look at how many horror movies are made, of course some of them are going to have some dark shit surrounding them.
Then there was another point asking why the Devil would curse films about the Devil. It was an interesting point to make and talk about, unfortunately it’s a very brief point.
While the episode still introduces cool ideas and concepts a lot of them don’t really explore The Omen that much. So I’m kind of left wondering why they even did an episode on this movie. Sure there are some interesting facts but it feels like the greater of them could apply to any of their movies. It’s strange, because in past episodes I felt like they were too short for all the information there was to cover. So why this movie? Is it because you were able to get Richard Donner? I would film and post an interview with Donner if it meant that I could meet him.
Would I recommend this episode? Not really. It is not that I dislike it, but I feel like there isn’t really enough to justify tuning in. I guess I’m glad that it got me to finally watch The Omen because there are some really good scenes in it, but I don’t feel like I would’ve really missed out on anything if I never watched it. Luckily many of the episodes in Cursed Films are disconnected so you could easily just skip this one.
I really wish I had more to say, but there just isn’t much to today’s episode. Cursed Films is an original to the Shudder subscription service so I think it would be nice to recommend some stuff to watch on this service during this quarantine time. Firstly I’ve reviewed the Poltergeist episode of Cursed Films. I would like to reiterate that this episode is worth watching and maybe go back to read that if you haven’t. But the best thing that I can recommend is some of the awesome Korean movies on the service like Train to Busan and The Wailing. There is also Sympathy for Lady Vengeance by master filmmaker Park Chan-wook. That film’s ending has inspired so many of the little screenplays that I write and it’s one of the most thrilling movies out there. There are some cool movies on the service, so have fun if you’re a part of it.