Gregory Peck is the ambassador to the United States who’s wife has a stillborn child. Without her knowledge, he substitutes another baby as theirs. A few years go by, and then grisly deaths begin to happen. The child’s nanny hangs herself and a priest is speared to death in a freak accident. It turns out the child is the son of Satan and can only be killed with the seven daggers of Meggado.
A classic 70′s horror type film that came out around the same time as the Exorist. I finally got around to watching this one and found it to quite enjoyable. The cast do a good job, especially Peck at showing things are falling apart. The plot is now stereotypical, but when it came out in 76 it was still considered fresh and new. The direction and camera work ranges for standard to some excellent angles and positions. I liked how the film ended without the need for a big finish, the uses of a mistake that anyone could make in that situation to finish the film I found to be more satisfing than most holiwood fair of the recent time. The downfall with this film to me was it wasn’t intense enough, the Exorist had a much more cativating send of impending doom.
Still a strong film dispite it’s age. The next time you have a classics night, give this one ago.
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