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Plot: Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events - and the ominous warnings of a priest - lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate. Runtime: 111 mins Release Date: 24 Jun 1976
One Of Scariest Movies Of The Modern Era (by ccthemovieman-1)
This movie scared the heck out of me when I saw it in the theaters in 1976, and it's still creepy today. It was almost 30 years later when I finally saw it for the second time and I thoroughly enjoyed it again, although it wasn't terrifying to me anymore. The DVD version is excellent because it presents the movie in the 2.35 widescreen mode, which is essential to the viewing of this film if you are a fan of cinematography. A VHS formatted-to-TV picture would lose too much of the great camera-work done in this film. I was amazed how beautifully filmed this movie is, so if you love this <more>
film and don't have the DVD, please consider getting it.The story was a bit slower than I remembered it back in '76 but still provides enough action and plenty of chills. This time around, I found the nanny Billie Whitelaw as "Mrs. Baylock" to be more scary than the devil/kid! I didn't even remember her from 30 years ago but she got my attention on the DVD. It was a very effective job of acting by that woman.In the meantime, I always enjoy looking at Lee Remick's gorgeous face with her magnetic eyes and Gregory Peck is usually rock-solid in roles he plays. This is no exception.Although I question some of the supposed quotes from the Book Of Revelation from the Bible there is no "s" in Revelation, the screenwriters showing their biblical ignorance. , the movie is still a good witness to people who don't believe in Satan. They might after viewing this movie. This is one of the classics of the '70s and often underrated. The sequels to this were simply not memorable and not worth your time. I don't know about the re- make that just came out, but it would be tough to top this film. I think I'll stick with this one and I won't wait another 30 years to see it again. Maybe tonight!!
A great supernatural thriller, undeservedly bashed over the years (by MovieAddict2016)
"The Omen" was included in a recent book I read of THE 1000 MOVIES YOU MUST SEE BEFORE YOU DIE! - ironic since fellow IMDb user Theo Robertson claims it was included as an entry in a similar book titled THE 50 WORST FILMS OF ALL TIME.I've always really liked "The Omen" and, like Theo, think it is superior to "The Exorcist." It's more chilling and freaky and subtle. There isn't any fake pea soup here, either. Which isn't to say that "The Exorcist" isn't any good - but it hasn't fared as well over the years."The Omen" is <more>
just really good. It was released the same year as Exorcist if I'm not mistaken and Gregory Peck gives a fine performance. The part where a character's head is lopped off and rolls across a street in slow-motion, and then director Richard Donner cuts to a whole new sequence, is really chilling and bizarre.It's that sort of eerie unexplained stuff that makes this, in my opinion, superior to a lot of the other stuff out there - i.e. many other trashy supernatural flicks that don't hold anything against this.
Always avoid people born on the 6th June! (by Spinetinglers)
Always avoid people born on the 6th June especially if they are called Damien and bizarre violent accidents seem to happen to those around them! Since this film has recently been remade, I thought it would be a good time to look back at the original a horror classic!In 1973, 'The Exorcist' broke all boundaries; previously, horror movies had only concentrated on the dark side, there were hardly any references to main stream religions. The basic rule was if the Devil was in it, God wasn't. Even Rosemary's Baby released five years before has hardly any reference to God or a <more>
more heavenly supreme being. The reaction that followed the release of The Exorcist was that the public loved it but the censors didn't and it was banned in the UK for twenty five years. The Exorcist may have fallen foul of the censors but it opened the flood gates for this sort of movie and three years later The Omen was released on 06/06/1976.What do you think a good horror movie should have? Is it a superb cast, a brilliant score, a battle of good versus evil artfully portrayed on screen, or maybe a sinister and ambiguous open ending? No matter which of these sways your opinion 'The Omen' has all these and much, much more!!!Firstly, let's look at the cast, Lee Remick and Gregory Peck are the leads, these two names are nothing short of Hollywood elite. Lee Remick is perfect as the mother who as the movie progresses realises there is something very wrong with her child. I'm not sure what tipped her off was it the baboons attacking her car or her son's feral reaction at the thought of entering a church? Gregory Peck again is perfectly cast, as no one does noble and principled like Mr Peck. However, it is not only the leads that are terrific, the supporting cast includes David Warner and Tommy Duggan who both put in notable performances but it is Billie Whitelaw that eclipses them all as Damien's overly polite yet sinister nanny. The score of a horror movie is very important, it has to chill to the bone and help create and maintain a feeling of an ever present danger. Jerry Goldsmith's soundtrack is probably one of the best scores ever written for a horror movie. It is perfect for The Omen, gloomy, disturbing, chilling music, interlaced with what sounds like religious choirs portending the end of the world. It really is that good and if you don't believe me, consider the fact that it won Jerry Goldsmith an Oscar the following year.By this stage, I know that most of you who were considering going to see the new Omen film at the cinema are now thinking to yourselves 'maybe I will rent the old one instead!' but for the few that are still on the fence here are a few other points to convince you. The 1976 version had a great plot, a child adopted into the corridors of power, whose destiny is to destroy the world, this is a simple and perhaps unoriginal premise however David Seltzer quotes Revelations at every turn and comes up with very original ideas to kill people off. Today, we are used to seeing a lot of blood and gore when people get killed in this genre but this is one thing that the omen lacks. Gore is pre-empted by well choreographed violent outbursts, each one being more frightening and compelling than the last, from a priest being impaled by a church spire to a reporter being decapitated by a pane of glass. These events all build to the foreboding finale. In the last scene we see a little boy, holding the hand of the President of the United States, turning around and smiling at his father's funeral. What greater ending could there be!?!The Omen stands out in this genre and has stood up to the test of time. To-day horror movies are packed with the latest teenage idols and gratuitous violence has replaced good plots and imaginative thinking. There are exceptions to this of course, Dog Soldiers, The Ring etc. The Omen combines, a great cast, a great score, and brilliant storytelling without a teenage idol in sight.
This is the terrifying story about a boy named Damien who had many evil powers. His parents, father Robert Thorn Gregory Peck and mother Katherine Thorn Lee Remick assumed that things were happening by coincidence, but they weren't. For example, whenever the father drives Damien Golden Globe nominated Harvey Stephens past a church, Damien screams with fear as the Devil would , so maybe Damien is a representation of the devil on earth, or his son. Keith Jennings David Warner is convinced that Damien is evil because of all the signs, or rather, all the "omens". The only <more>
way of stopping these things happening is to kill Damien, but obviously the father has loved him for too long he cannot find courage to do it. Also starring BAFTA nominated Billie Whitelaw as the evil Mrs. Baylock and Patrick Troughton as Father Brennan. A very terrifying film with some devilish parts, including Damien causing his mother to die, and of course, Warner's beheading scene with the sheet of glass, and a good ending. The moment where he sees the three 6's on Damien's head, representing the anti-Christ, is the true moment where Peck knows the evil son. There has been a legend since the film was made of a "curse" on many people involved in the making, e.g. the guy that helped make the beheading scene had a car crash approximately 6.66 miles from a town called Omene, was it coincidence, or was it the devil at work? It won the Oscar for Best Music for Jerry Goldsmith, and it was nominated for Best Song for Goldsmith's "Ave Satani". It was number 81 on 100 Years, 100 Thrills, it was number 9 on The 100 Greatest Scary Moments, and it was number 25 on The 50 Greatest British Films. Very good!
Following on from The Exorcist, The Omen is a horror film that gained itself instant notoriety for it's dissection of Christian theology to create a horror movie. However, despite it's many macabre incidents and dark mythology, The Omen is actually a family drama. The focus is always kept on the family at the centre of the story, and fatherly love makes up the backbone of the story, while also creating much of the horror. That's what puts this film above many other horror films of a similar nature; it creates it's scenario first, completes it with interesting characters that <more>
you can relate to and care for, and then it adds the horror; by which point it is all the more powerful, owing to the fact that the audience has some feeling for the characters. Horror works much better when it has backbone and emotion behind it, and The Omen proves that. Of course, the fact that The Omen is more than technically sound isn't exactly incidental to the film's success with horror and art fans alike, as this film features fabulous directing, some great acting and an intelligent, mature script. And, despite the fact that movie is largely story based, we are still treated to some glorious gory highlights, which include a spire being flung through a priest, and what is maybe the best decapitation ever filmed.Gregory Peck, who gives one of his all time best performances, stars as Robert Thorn; the American ambassador in Britain whose wife had a still born baby. Unbeknown to her, Thorn decides, on the recommendation of a priest that is present, to take the child of another family as his own. However, things go awry for the family when it turns out that this child is the Antichrist. The name 'Damien' is more famous than the movie itself. Damien is absolutely perfect name for this movie as despite being an everyday, ordinary name; it has a true horror ring to it. Owing to this film, if there really was an Antichrist; I would expect him to be called Damien. The film is topped off by a great score, which is very over the top, but it works magnificently nonetheless. The theme song that plays over the opening credits is incredible and belongs right near the summit of the list of best themes ever composed for a movie. Religion has proved itself on many occasions to make a great subject for a horror movie, and it has more than done it in this film. It takes obvious influence from earlier seventies horrors, such as The Exorcist, but it does it in an original way and the result is one of the greatest horror movies ever made.
Of all the films ever made, this is easily one of the most notorious. If for no other reason than all the freak accidents that occurred during the film's production; cast and crew members fell in danger, and a few passed away, from plane crashes and car accidents throughout the production period. It makes one wonder whether there was a curse of some kind surrounding the film.Regardless, it was a success in its day, and continues to resonate. It is most memorable for the freaky deaths it shows on screen something of a progenitor to the Final Destination films; there are a few scenes in <more>
The Omen where some small or freakish thing causes another thing to maim, impale, or decapitate the hapless characters . In between these scenes, the film takes on a slow pace, and uses all its breathing room to let the story and narrative flow.Despite its pace, the film manages to maintain interest and maintain tension through its story. It does a phenomenal job at taking the core theological concept and weaving a tale out of it: a tale that feels plausible and realistic. In spite of that, it really instills the fear in the viewer; the on-screen deaths and the off-screen implications help build the tension and dread in the audience on a psychological level, and that makes it very effective as a horror story. It helps that the story and characters are thoughtfully developed.This film looks really classy, with decent photography and editing. Acting is great; Gregory Peck is impeccable, and everybody fulfills their roles well. Writing is strong. This production has adequate and real-looking sets, props, costumes, and locales. Music is epic! 4.5/5 Entertainment: Pretty Good | Story: Perfect | Film: Very Good
This movie appears in the book 50 Worst Movies Of All Time alongside such fare as ROBOT MONSTER . This is completely undeserved because i rate THE OMEN as one of the best horror movies from the 1970s , if not all time . The book in question makes a big deal of how young Damien's parents experience some ghastly going ons without realising something is seriously wrong , but this is churlish since the audience like in most horror movies are one step in front of the protagonists , we instantly know what's going on even if the characters on screen don't and this is what makes the <more>
narrative so suspenseful , we're waiting for Ambassador Robert Thorn to put two and two together . It should also be pointed out that these types of tradgedies do happen in life and there's a rational explanation with no supernatural causes involvedComparisons with both THE OMEN and THE EXORCIST will be made but this is by much the better film I think . Both films deal with satanic powers and both are very dead pan but unlike THE EXORCIST the serious tone of this movie doesn't go against it , THE EXORCIST goes out of its way to shock the audience while THE OMEN keeps its discipline and is all the better for it . Richard Donner brings shock moments where it's needed like the revelation of the priest after the fire , the scene in the cemetery and the lorry accident at Megiddo and unlike the shock scenes in THE EXORCIST they're never unintentionally funny . Giving roles to well known Brit character actors like Patrick Troughton , Billie Whitelaw , Leo McKern and David Warner also helps the movie a lot The only real criticism I have is that it's not as good as I originally remembered after seeing it for the first time , but that's a problem with a great number of movies I've seen , or that the biblical city of Megiddo is nowhere near the location described in the screenplay It is in fact a few short miles west of the border of the West Bank on the route to Jenin but that won't matter to 99.9% of the rest of the audience . If I ever write a book called 50 Best Horror Movies Of All Time THE OMEN will definitely feature in it
Robert Thorn the American ambassador to Great Britain watches his wife's pregnancy when a priest tells him that his newborn has died, but he convinces him to substitute the baby the wife not knowing with another child that lost its mother in labour at the same time. Watching their young child growing up, he starts show unnerving signs, which the parents slowly start picking up on and also bizarre tragedies start occurring. This leads Robert on a whirlwind investigation that all points to his son being the Anti-Christ.Right off the heals of 'The Exorcist' successful stint with <more>
moviegoers comes another one of those endless 70s religious themed horror flicks involving Satanism. 'The Omen', I'd definitely say is one of the better horror films in the shadow of "The Exorcist', but I'll even go to say its an vast improvement over it's influencer. That might be a surprise for some, but I found this film superior as it was more entertaining, fascinating and truly creepy in its context and shocks. Everything about it has a knack for falling into place. From the impending doom that's achieved by its coldly layered atmosphere to a premise that teases the viewer on how it's all going to play out. I won't deny that it seems silly enough when you pay close attention to it all, but with such conviction in the performances and that off confident direction, these factors makes sure that it doesn't slip overboard into cheesy daftness. Another stroke of brilliance would be Jerry Goldsmith's memorably, nerve-wrecking score with those explosive chants scattered throughout.On a grand scale the film was efficiently catered with well established cinematography and polished set-pieces that had penetrating might, which director Richard Donner handled with precise skill. Even when there wasn't much happening he knew how to keep things compellingly tight with good pacing and impressible imagery. Though, when it came to the essential thrills, he caps off some remotely tense dogs' attack and macabre moments infamous decapitation that display bite and flair. The climax is great and the ending is a fitting imprint too. The plot is filled with shocking revelations, interesting characters and it emits a glorious amount of excitement and dread from it mysterious outset.The performances are that of top quality by a stellar cast. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick are convincingly excellent as Mr and Mrs Thorn. David Warner turns in a marvellous performance as the photographer Keith Jennings. Then Billie Whitelaw is genuinely creepy as Damien's nanny Mrs. Baylock. Patrick Troughton is superb as the withering Father Brennan. But my applause goes to Harvey Stephens' who's the epitome of evil well; he definitely looked the part and had a memorizing awe as Damien. Although, Peck deserves more credit really, as he brought such devotion to his character that we honestly feel the pain and confusion that hits home.One of the true benchmarks of horror, along the same lines of 'The Exorcist', but for me it beats that film all ends up. Expect a devilishly good time!
Horrifying and genuinely frightening movie that really impacted during the seventies (by ma-cortes)
Well made horror movie where numerous people meet horrible deaths by terrible demonic forces . This terror movie fundamentally centers on the rebirth of the anti-Christ, it's a creepy story where occur gruesome and bizarre deaths concerning Satan's son . American diplomat's family Gregory Peck and Lee Remick adopts a baby , he's named Damien and has the devil mark : 666 . One time grown-up , young boy possessed with mysterious demonic powers causing wreak havoc and bizarre killings wherever he goes . The parents hire a nanny Billie Whitelaw and she schemes that delightful <more>
child anti-Christ can carry out all the evil plans . The little boy seems to be around when inexplicable deaths happen including rid of several interfering adults with the aim for world domination . Damien is poised for ruling devil over earth . Meanwhile the father is warned by a priest named Brennan Patrick Thoughton and a photographer David Warner and going on inexplicable deaths , as numerous of the roles come to a sticky final . At the ending the film puts a Biblic phrase : ¨Here is wisdom, let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast : for it is the number of a man , and is number is 666¨. Book of Revelation Chapter 13 verse 18 .After the ¨Exorcist¨ , ¨Richard Donner's Omen¨ was one of the most famous films of all time and the major possession movie of the 70s and created an authentic sensation , originating various sequels: ¨Damien, Omen 2 ¨ with William Holden and Lee Grant ,in which Damien is again adopted by a basic couple and proceeds to wreak havoc wherever he goes ; ¨The final conflict¨ with Sam Neill and ¨Omen 4, the awakening ¨ with Faye Grant and Michael Woods ; furthermore a modern remake . The chief excitement lies in seeing what new and amazing victim can be dreamt by the believable effects . Meantime Damien seems to dispatch new bizarre killing every few minutes of the movie . Charismatic performance of excellent protagonists , Peck and Remick , and all around with special mention to Patrick Thougthon as unfortunate priest and Billie Whitelaw as nasty servant . Impressive score by Jerry Goldsmith , deservedly winner one Oscar and colorful cinematography by Gilbert Taylor . The motion picture is originally written by David Seltzer an compellingly directed by Richard Donner .Followed in 2006 by a remake by John Moore starred by Liev Schreiver and Julia Styles , the inevitable comparison between Schreiber and Gregory Peck reveals that Liev is just too cool for this role and though redundant to original film is a fitting description of the director John Moore ,however is sometimes a shot-for-shot recreation but it doesn't insult the viewer's intelligence. ¨ The Omen¨, the story about a little boy possessed with mysterious demonic powers who murders those persons who anger him was a phenomenon and remains one of the highest horror pictures of all time. The movie's intelligence , believable Fx , breathtaking score, luxurious photography all combined to make it a classic and its influence cannot be overstated . Along with ¨The exorcist¨spawned a wave of demonic possession movies that goes on unabated nowadays .