The Omen - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Omen Reviews

Page 1 of 202
½ February 25, 2018
I have to say that I remember this movie as being far more scary when I first saw it than it is now. Probably symptomatic of my age and exposure to scarier movies since. The Omen is, however, still creepy and the story, dealing with the coming of the Antichrist, is an interesting one. I have to say that the directorial style is quite dates and at times, unsophisticated. Still, for a movie of the 1970s, Richard Donner does well. For me, there are still two scenes that make my blood run cold. The first, when the young devil-child Damien and his mother, Lee Remick drive through the baboon enclosure at Windsor safari park and the second, when a pregnant Remick is knocked off an internal balcony by a cycling Damien. The cast is superb. Remick herself portrays her increasing instability without resorting to overacting, Gregory Peck is stoically determined and Billie Whitelaw is deeply unnerving as the child's satanic nanny. Both Patrick Troughton and David Warner play memorable supporting roles whose deaths are horrific highlights of the film. However, it is probably the young Harvey Stephens as Damien himself who lingers longest in the memory. He is just so evil....and manages be so with scarcely a word. His lat, lingering look and smile to camera at the climax of the movie will stay with you forever as the memorable score by Jerry Goldsmith plays over the closing credits. This is a classic horror movie and while it will probably fail to spook the modern audience, it still has the capacity to chill and entertain.
February 15, 2018
Classic horror directed really well by Donner. He knew the material well. My favorite scene is not the head chopped off scene, which was good, but my favorite is the hanging scene. Still gives me chills.
January 24, 2018
Though some scenes are kind of cheesy, the rest of the movie is bleak, disturbing, and sometimes shocking with one of the creepiest performances by a child in a movie ever.
½ January 3, 2018
The style and pacing might be a little old-fashioned for some, but when it's scary, it's really scary. It starts rather slow, but it builds to a finale that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Gregory Peck gives a commited performance, and Billie Whitelaw and Jerry Goldsmith's score are nightmare fuel.
October 31, 2017
Best movie horror ever
Super Reviewer
½ September 13, 2017
Capitalizing on Gregory Peck's considerable reputation as stern but loving responsible liberal dad from To Kill A Mockingbird this film asks the question: "yeah, he's a good dad, but what if the kid wasn't his? What if the kid was the spawn of Satan himself, then what?" The work then follows the process of him affirming the identity of the child, switched at birth. What works is how gloomy foreboding is embraced as opposed to tacky jump scares, the go-to of the industry anymore. A second rate The Exorcist, perhaps, but still effective.
September 2, 2017
An interesting premise that suffers from its one note score in my opinion and too much down time for the characters. I also never considered the child a very intimidating presence even after the reveal to his true nature halfway through the film. The same could be said for the Ms. Baylock character that wanders around looking creepy and saying creepy stuff. There is palpable amounts of tension in most of the horror scenes, and the acting is very good I thought. However I just found it very drawn out, or at least more than it should have been in my opinion
August 6, 2017
What a great film. So creepy.
Damien is wonderfully weird and perfectly cast. His eyes truly look through you..right through the screen. Gregory Peck and Billie Whitelaw should also be given high praise, as Mr Thorne and Mrs Baylock respectively. There are some nice shots in this film, light and shadow used effectively and frequent long shots taken behind various objects really give the feeling of being watched... maybe by a malevolent force. The music makes this film. Although very obvious, it does emphasise the evil moments and in its absence provides a subtle creepy undertone to the more 'normal' moments in the film.
This is a great horror can easily see why its a classic.
July 14, 2017
A creepy performance by the child actor who portrayed Damien, a sold performance by Gregory Peck, a thoroughly unsettling supporting contribution by Billie Whitelaw, and a wonderfully creepy score to accompany it all come together to make one of the better of the Antichrist films ever made.
½ July 3, 2017
this movie is one of the few old horror classics that stays scary even to this day. the 2006 movie trailer scared me as a kid but that movie itself is just terrible. in this movie Damien although the son of the devil, doesn't know his fate, he is just a kid who loves his parents. i'm not going to spoil anything but i will just say that by the end Damien is a changed character. if you love horror like me then you owe it to yourself to watch this if you want to see how satanic horror should be made.
May 9, 2017
Top drawer occult horror movie. All involved brought gravitas to what would've have been a cheap schlock fest in lesser hands. Gregory Peck in particular was outstanding.
May 4, 2017
April 26, 2017
Like the exorcist, this one is a 70s satanic classic. Like the exorcist, the sequels were all pointless
April 16, 2017
These are the consequences to why having a child sucks!
½ April 15, 2017
9 out of 10:

Amidst its flaws, The Omen is still well acted, creepy, and messed up.
½ March 24, 2017
The Omen is just one of those old-school horror films that gets everything right: the acting, the pacing, the music, the tone, the suspense - it's all authentic and superbly crafted. There's a bigger focus on dramatic tension over a high body count, so when the deaths do occur, they're that much more impactful and, at times, disturbing. A must-watch for horror fans.
½ March 8, 2017
Great story and movie...Chills in all the right spots...
½ March 6, 2017
4.5/5. A wonderfully crafted film that is both horrifying and thrilling. Some of the death scenes have not aged well, but are still fun nonetheless.
February 2, 2017
Not nearly managing to make something good out of its premise, The Omen has some scary moments though.
January 11, 2017
Nota: 7.9/10 - 4.1/5
Page 1 of 202