Cinema Dissection: The Omen with Dan Doody

Richard Donner's portrait of the demon child will be the subject of our cinematic evisceration this October, led by SIFF's horror aficionado Dan Doody.

October 19, 2019

Cinema Dissection

With its Satanic conspiracy plot, spectacularly executed set-pieces, and Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-wining score, The Omen became the sleeper hit of summer 1976. Richard Donner's supernatural thriller drew upon traditional Gothic tropes while tapping into America's rising tide of Christian fundamentalism to terrify audiences around the globe. Join facilitator and horror aficionado Dan Doody for a scene-by-scene and sometimes shot-by-shot examination of every diabolical portent and demonic birthmark in this chilling cult classic - "You have been warned."

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Special Engagement
Saturday, October 19, 2019
SIFF Film Center
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
$20 | $15 (SIFF Members) | $19 (Seniors and Youth)

Note: Participants are recommended to have seen The Omen in advance of the session. We will not be screening the film in its entirety before the dissection begins.

A Seattle-area native, Dan Doody received a degree in English from Western Washington University, and began working for the Seattle International Film Festival in 1999. He programs both features and short films for the festival, serving for the past twelve years as the festival's lead coordinator for its Oscar® qualifying ShortsFest Weekend. He also curates film selections for the popular SIFF Channel on Alaska Airlines. He is an enthusiast of classic horror and the gothic in both film and literature, and could quite happily live in crumbling castle with nothing but the films of Boris Karloff to keep him company.  

Cinema Dissection affords film lovers an exciting opportunity to dig deeper into the films that they love. Inspired by Roger Ebert's annual Cinema Interruptus in Boulder, CO, attendees will participate with a facilitator in a six-hour scene-by-scene, and sometimes shot-by-shot, deconstruction of the featured film. While the facilitator will certainly share their thoughts, anyone in the audience may call out "Stop" and either ask a question of the group or make an observation around a certain shot or moment in the film.