The Omen

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The Omen eschews an excess of gore in favor of ramping up the suspense -- and creates an enduring, dread-soaked horror classic along the way.

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American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After Damien's first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) warns Robert that Damien will kill Katherine's unborn child. Shortly thereafter, Brennan dies and Katherine miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien's background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist.

Cast & Crew

Gregory Peck
Robert Thorn
Lee Remick
Kathy Thorn
David Warner
Keith Jennings
Billie Whitelaw
Mrs. Baylock
Leo McKern
Carl Bugenhagen (uncredited)
Harvey Stephens
Damien
Patrick Troughton
Father Brennan
Martin Benson
Father Spiletto
Mace Neufeld
Executive Producer
Jerry Goldsmith
Original Music
Gilbert Taylor
Cinematographer
Maude Spector
Casting
Carmen Dillon
Art Direction
Stuart Baird
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Critic Reviews for The Omen

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  • Apr 03, 2015
    An all time classic horror movie. Along side The Exorcist, it inspired much of what we know of the genre today. Filled with iconic imagery, The Omen, its lead character Damien and many of its brilliantly filmed scenes have cemented themselves a place in cinema for a VERY long time.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2014
    Classic horror film. Solid acting and pretty good effects for the mid-70s, What more can I say? Check it out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2014
    "Sanguis Bibimus." The '70s horror classic The Omen is a provocative and chilling tale. After the mysterious death of his nanny, Robert Thorn is warned by a priest that his son is the Antichrist and that his family is in danger. The pacing is rather slow, but it also creates tension and suspense. And, the directing does an impressive job at developing an air of mystery that's quite compelling. Additionally, the score is remarkably effective at setting a dark and foreboding tone. Though it's aged a bit, The Omen delivers a terrifying vision of Biblical prophecy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2013
    Filled with numerous iconic horror film moments, "The Omen" will always be a classic, despite several huge flaws and misguided plot twists. The memorable demonic tale of a family bringing home a child who isn't theirs only to find that he is possessed by the devil, "The Omen" brings to life horror staples that will present themselves in countless films to follow. Straddling a tone between 1968's "Rosemary's Baby" and the flawed tone of "B" horror films to follow, the film is sometimes eerie, sometimes hokey, depending on where the story lies. To be clear, every scene involving Damien (Harvey Stephens) is completely successful, whether its the long drive to the Cathedral where Damien becomes animalistic or the cold stare as his nanny commits suicide, all of these encapsulate what a 70's horror film should be. But when the film ventures off into Robert (Gregory Peck) and Jennings (David Warner) hunting down where the baby was born and what "666" means, the film loses its horror demeanor and becomes more of a thriller, becoming less and less subtle as the film goes on. Had the film stuck to moments around Damien, it could have been a much stronger film. Instead, it equals its moments of genius with misplaced tangents. With performances on par with similar horror films and tones reminiscent from "The Exorcist" and "Rosemary's Baby", "The Omen" will always be remembered as a staple of classic horror even if it does flounder from time to time.
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