July 15, 2015 | Categories: Posters | Tags: Antichrist, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Damien Thorn, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Possession, Remakes, Serial Killer, Suspense, The Omen, The Walking Dead, Thriller | Leave a comment
During her career, she won a British Academy Award for best newcomer for her role in Hell is a City. There were also Baftas for her performance opposite Albert Finney in Charlie Bubbles and for her role as the mother of Hayley Mills in the psychological thriller, Twisted Nerve in 1969.
Whitelaw won much acclaim, and an international audience, for her portrayal of Mrs Baylock, the guardian of the demon child Damien in The Omen. Many critics felt she gave the best performance in the film and it won her an Evening Standard Award for Best Actress.
She also won praise for her role as the domineering mother of the Kray twins in the 1990 film, The Krays and more recently appeared in comedy Hot Fuzz.
The Coventry-born star, who was made a CBE in 1991, worked in close collaboration with playwright Samuel Beckett, who described her as a perfect actress. But in her autobiography, Billie Whitelaw . . . Who He? she said it was her work with Beckett that generated most interest. Without their association, she wrote, “nobody would have been remotely interested in my autobiography.”
By this time she had given up theatre performances, partly because of Beckett’s death and also because of her failure to conquer her stage fright. “Death’s not one of those things that frighten the life out of me,” she once said. “Getting up on stage with the curtain going up frightens me more.”
She did continue to act in films, she appeared in more than 50 during her career, and on television. Billie Whitelaw was the most natural of performers, who made a speciality of playing independent, and sometimes dominant women.
But she didn’t take her profession that seriously seeing it, as she put it, something which paid the parking tickets, which she habitually collected. “I’m not really interested in acting anymore,” she said in a 1996 interview. “It’s not the centre of my life. I always thought it was a bit of a flibbertigibbety occupation.”
December 22, 2014 | Categories: Deaths | Tags: Action, Actors, Albert Finney, Billie Whitelaw, Blockbuster, British, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Damien Thorn, Disturbing, Franchise, Gore, Gregory Peck, Hayley Mills, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Independent, Legend, Mrs Baylock, Possession, psychological thriller, Remakes, Samuel Beckett, Suspense, The Krays, The Omen, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
In news that is only mildly interesting to me because I recently rewatched the original The Omen film, it was announced that Merlin star Bradley James has landed the title role in Damien, Lifetime’s straight-to-series drama follow-up to 20th Century Fox’s classic horror film The Omen. In his TV directing debut, Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) will helm and executive produce the first episode.
Produced by Fox TV Studios, the six-episode Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn (James), the mysterious child from the 1976 film who has grown up, seemingly unaware of the satanic forces around him. Haunted by his past, Damien must now come to terms with his true destiny — that he is the Antichrist, the most feared man throughout the ages.
Damien, slated to premiere in 2015, is written and executive produced by Glen Mazzara via his 44 Strong Productions. Ross Fineman, who developed the project alongside Mazzara, executive produces through his Fineman Entertainment. Pancho Mansfield also serves as executive producer.
December 4, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Horror, NEWS: Television | Tags: 20th Century Fox, Action, Actors, Anti-Christ, Banned, Blockbuster, Bradley James, Classic, Comic Book Movies, Controversial, Cult, Damien Thorn, Damien: Omen II, Disturbing, Fox TV Studios, Fox TYV, Franchise, Gore, Hollywood, Horror, Icons, Images, Legend, Post Apocalyptic, Remakes, Scream Queens, Serial Killer, Shekhar Kapur, Suspense, The Final Conflict, The Omen, The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence | Leave a comment
Mazzara is developing a follow-up to the 1976 horror classic The Omen for Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Titled Damien, the drama centres on Damien Thorn as an adult haunted by his past. Damien is faced with a series of macabre events and must finally face his true destiny: He is the Antichrist.
I may be missing something here but I thought we covered this with Damien: Omen II (1978) and Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981). There have been other less successful attempts over the years to keep the franchise going, the TV movies, Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) and The Omen (1995). The latter was an attempt to make a series… it failed.
Original writer David Seltzer rewrote his novel in 2005 for an NBC mini-series called Revelations. The original film was remade in 2006 starring Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick was a minor hit.
Mazzara is also in talks to write Overlook Hotel, a prequel to The Shining.
May 20, 2014 | Categories: NEWS: Television | Tags: Antichrist, Classic, Controversial, Cult, Damien Thorn, Damien: Omen II (1978), David Seltzer, Disturbing, Franchise, Glen Mazzara, Horror, Icons, Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Possession, Remakes, Suspense, The Exorcist, The Hollywood Reporter, The Omen (1976), The Omen (2006), The Walking Dead, Thriller, Violence, Zombies | Leave a comment
During the filming of The Omen, interviewer Mark Caldwell visited the set of the production and spoke to Gregory Peck. When the film was released he then spoke to the producer Harvey Bernard and the director Richard Donner.
Listen to those interviews HERE