Fox’s upcoming remake of THE OMEN has garnered attention for its impressive ensemble, including Liev (SCREAM) Schreiber, Julia (EDMOND) Stiles, Mia (ROSEMARY’S BABY) Farrow, Pete (DARK WATER) Postlethwaite, Michael (HARRY POTTER) Gambon and David (DRAGONHEART) Thewlis. But perhaps the most intriguing casting for hardcore horror fans is the actor playing the treacherous Father Spiletto (memorably limned by British character actor Martin Benson of GORGO in the 1976 hit): Fango can reveal that the thespian donning the cassock this time is none other than Giovanni Lombardo Radice, the Italian scream star better known as John Morghen.
Radice/Morghen turned up in a slew of Italian splatterfests throughout the 1980s and ’90s, suffering spectacular demises in CANNIBAL FEROX (a.k.a. MAKE THEM DIE SLOWLY) and Lucio Fulci’s THE GATES OF HELL, and later turning up in the Michele Soavi films THE SECT, THE CHURCH and STAGEFRIGHT. As THE OMEN’s Spiletto, Radice convinces the grieving Robert Thorn (Schreiber) to unwittingly adopt the baby Antichrist after his wife (Stiles) miscarries, setting in motion the infernal mischief to come. Thorn later confronts Spiletto, who has suffered a gruesome retribution of his own. See FANGORIA #254 (on sale May 23) for an exclusive preview of THE OMEN, which opens June 6. The same issue features an interview with Benson, who also appeared in the likes of NIGHT CREATURES, GOLDFINGER, THE 3 WORLDS OF GULLIVER, BATTLE BENEATH THE EARTH and THE COSMIC MONSTERS.