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July 7, 2015
One of the worst horror sequels ever, Omen III - The Final Conflict strives to be something great (and it could've), but the poor scares and a rather silly plot make this final entry in the Omen trilogy a disappointment
April 20, 2015
It started off really well. It was dark and boding, and it was close to duplicating that feeling of impending doom and "evil" that the first movie had (including one of the goriest gunshots ever). Somewhere along the line though (probably by the time half the monks are getting killed off) the movie starts a drastic decline. It's almost like a tale of two movies. The first half is about monks trying to kill Damien. The second half is about Damien killing babies. You would think a movie about mass baby killing would be horrifying, but it was fairly tame and 90% of it happens off screen (which is understandable). It just becomes way too hokey towards the end with the Damien love story and all of the characters just seem to get dumber as the movie goes on. It was really disappointing how poor the movie became when the first thirty minutes were so promising. Do not expect anything nearly as good as the original.
½ April 10, 2015
Neill is just plain evil in this wickedly devilish all out war of good vs. evil.
March 21, 2015
El anticristo más aburrido que pueda existir.
½ March 16, 2015
Arm yourselves in the name of the lord.

The antichrist is now 32 and deep in British politics. He manages several large departments, none of which are more important than a children's program he picked up. He uses this opportunity to put together his army to take down a group of monks who wish to end his days as their own divine son of God is on the way. Can Damien thwart the monks and take down God's second son?

"I will drive the thorns deeper into your rancid carcus."

Graham Baker, director of Alien Nation, Impulse, The Recruit, Born to Ride, and Beowulf, delivers Omen III: The Final Conflict. The storyline for this picture is fairly ordinary but contains some solid acting. The writing was good and the interaction between characters was intriguing. The cast includes Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Lisa Harrow, and Mason Adams.

"Beauty is pain."

I came across this on Netflix and decided to give it a shot. I really liked Sam Neill as the villain and thought he was awesome as the main character. Is the film awesome? Nah, it is just okay. But is it worth a viewing if you're a horror genre fan? Sure. This is worth a viewing, especially around Halloween season, but definitely isn't a must see.

"Ensure the safety of thy second coming."

Grade: C
½ March 15, 2015
It does not fit in to the trilogy in any way. just biblical trivia only.
½ May 7, 2008
An improvement over part 2, unfortunately the movie is not scary, though it does have some creepy imagery. Sam Neill is great as the anti-christ.
June 21, 2011
Damien grows up ... and the series grows dead.
Super Reviewer
½ October 16, 2014
With a much required dosage of prestige, Sam Neill lends his considerable malice to the serrated, ultimately anticlimactic 'Omen III'. Damien (Neill) is now a profiteering ambassador to England and he criticizes an Armageddon commercial for being "trite, cliche and rhetorical" which is a modicum of the film's satirical edge (which is already an astronomical step-up from the malodorous 1978 sequel). Suddenly the series' mythos has been gerrymandered and a dagger is now the MacGuffin to finally kill the Antichrist. Drivel about the constellation is basically expository overload but the debonair Neill is the scenery-chewing linchpin. His soliloquy about the "ecstasy of [his] father's kingdom" in an echoing atrium is a deliciously megalomaniac show-stopper (he caresses the thorn on Christ's crown effigy). Sadly, the finale to an infant-killing spree by the "Disciples of the Watch" is a dispiriting whimper near a churchyard where evil is thwarted so abruptly (with an oversimplified bible quote) that the audience feels cheated for being so invested up to that point. Neill is a sadomasochistic firebrand (despite the fact that Damien is now Dr. Doolittle with all mammals) but 'Omen III' is a brusque capper to the trilogy.
½ August 23, 2014
A gutsy and unique entry in a franchise that had already sank to the sodden depths of hackdom, "The Final Conflict" relies on neither the tense subtlety of the original nor the sensory assault of the first sequel. Sam Neill is a chilling, hauntingly attractive adult Damien, and unlike Bill Holden and company in "Damien," he actually does his best with a mixed bag of dialogue. The great attractions of this film are two: Jerry Goldsmith's career-best score, which oscillates convincingly between Damien's haunting demonic chanting and the old-fashioned Biblical grandeur that heralds the second coming of Christ, the sweep and beauty of which has not been attained since Miklos Rozsa's "Ben-Hur"; and the courageous, decisive finale. However you feel about the way the conflict is resolved, it was a bold choice. And this is overall a far more competent, polished, stylish sequel than "Damien."
½ October 9, 2014
The movie starts strong, but it slows down and becomes to dialogue driven. There is some mild suspense, but the tension, scares, and excitement are missing. There are seven priests with seven daggers on a mission to eliminate the Anti-Christ before he rises to full power. That sounds good, but the movie botches this part of the story. These priests should have been central characters that add excitement and offer interesting biblical references along the way. Instead, they are so inept that they only muddy the plot and equate to lame kill count fodder. I quite like Sam Neill as the evil yet charismatic Anti-Christ role. Neill is probably the strongest point this movie has in its favor. The ending is disappointingly abrupt and a tad anticlimactic. I am not big on this movie, but if you think of it as a third movie in a horror franchise, then it is not so bad.
August 26, 2014
I admired the prospect of baby killing as a new way of adding believable demonic activity to the film, but unfortunately this was a bland and forgettable movie of nonsense! Some people have praised Sam Neill but I also found his performance a little too timid for the character as an adult! If you love religious tone and the previous movies you will probably watch this movie anyway, but it's entirely unnecessary!
June 15, 2007
A horrible end to a an ok series I am not sure who wrote this but they shouldnâ??t get work again
September 9, 2013
My impressions while watching this excuse for a film: Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid, gross, stupid, stupid, boooooooring, stupid, stupid, OH MY GOD! THAT ENDING MAKES ME WANT TO THROW MY TELEVISION OUT THE WINDOW! AAARRRGGGHHH!!!

To be absolutely fair, the filmmakers conceive of a few nicely disturbing ideas, but do almost nothing to develop them. Instead they try to frighten us with the slapstick-style antics of a band of renegade monks who try and fail (spectacularly) to dispose of the antichrist (Sam Neill, having fun in a poorly-written role). A lousy conclusion to a series of films that is ultimately pretty embarrassing.
½ July 8, 2013
A decent sequel with a great performance by it's lead and solid musical score, but is lacking compared to it's first two films. Could have been a lot better but is the holy grail compared to it's sequels.
May 24, 2014
Though not nearly as scary as the first film, it has in my opinion, the most epic ending I ever saw on film. Also Jerry Goldsmith's musical score, prevent it from being a total disaster.
Super Reviewer
May 16, 2014
The Omen Trilogy comes to its climactic (and inevitable) conclusion in The Final Conflict. As his seven year reign nears its end Damien Thorn becomes obsessed with averting the second coming of Christ; meanwhile a secret order of priests acquires the Daggers of Megiddo in order to kill Damien. This final battle between good and evil is surprisingly tame, yet it maintains the ominous and suspenseful tone that has come to define the series. And, the film's take on Biblical prophecy proves to be quite interesting. Additionally, Sam Neill gives an impressive performance as Damien, providing a commanding villain. A chilling and atmospheric thriller, The Final Conflict provides a fitting end to the series.
July 14, 2013
Scary as hell. Err...pardon the pun.:)
½ February 22, 2014
As the Second Coming apparently has occurred, a now 32 year old Damien Thorn (Sam Neill), CEO of a multinational and US Ambassador to England, tries to pull a Herod styled massacre of newborns with the hope of murdering baby Christ II. An interesting story, marred by uneven performances (Neill's mostly effective), dry writing, and dull visual staging by director Graham Baker. After three movies, the ending is not worthy, either. Jerry Goldsmith is the only one who did not get the memo on diminishing returns, providing yet another splendid score, which this time contrasts the Satanic chants of previous installments with a soaring homage to Miklos Rosza.
February 8, 2012
It had some good ideas
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