For many of the millennial persuasion, Richard Donner is the guy who directed Superman, which in turn introduced us to the great Christopher Reeve. Due to a lot of bullshit that is well-documented elsewhere, he was removed from the sequel and Richard Lester was brought in to take his place as director. That version of the film is the version we all grew up with and for the most part loved. And then The Donner Cut came along and gave us insight into what could have been and the results are…also very damn good. We go into all of this and more so let’s not waste another minute.
Richard Donner had quite the film career in his lifetime and we wanted to honor that by spending a month reflecting on some of his best films (and one film he got to re-edit after it was cruelly taken away from him). We kick things off with his first critical and commercial breakthrough, “The Omen,” starring Gregory Peck as a diplomat / ambassador whose son may or may not be (but totally is) the Antichrist. It’s a well-paced horror film that never overstays its welcome, and it manages to pepper a few shocking kills throughout its runtime. That’s not to say the film is without its share of flaws, and we go into those as well. An overall compelling start to our month honoring the late Richard Donner.