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Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)

Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)

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The second sequel to the 1976 horror hit The Omen finds Damien Thorn assuming the full mantle of the Antichrist and preparing for a final, all-out battle with "the Nazarene." Now in his thirties, Damien (Sam Neill) has elevated the family business, Thorn Industries, into the world's biggest multinational corporation. A little bit of black magic paves the way for Damien to become ambassador to England and the head of an international youth council. He soon uses this platform to amass an army of followers to do his bidding. But when Damien notices the confluence of three stars in the sky on March 24, he gets worried about the second coming of Christ. So he orders his minions to kill all the babies born on that day, warning them: "Fail, and you will be condemned to a numbing eternity in the flaccid bosom of Christ." Damien even orders his faithful private secretary, Harvey Dean (Don Gordon), to commit infanticide on his own kid, just because the guy's wife gave birth on the wrong day; a nasty incident involving laundry-room implements soon follows. Meanwhile, Damien romances Kate Reynolds (Lisa Harrow), a beautiful television anchorwoman who feels like a moth drawn to Damien's charismatic flame -- even after he brutally sodomizes her to show her how the world looks through his eyes. Things come to a head when Brother DeCarlo (Rossano Brazzi), one of a secret cabal of monks who have assembled the seven Daggers of Meggido in hopes of assassinating Damien, reveals to Kate that the Antichrist has taken her son (Barnaby Holm) under his wing. Although The Final Conflict was the final theatrical installment of the Omen series, the made-for-TV Omen IV: The Awakening appeared a decade later. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi
Rating:
R
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Twentieth Century Fox

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Cast

Sam Neill
as Damien Thorn
Rossano Brazzi
as DeCarlo
Don Gordon
as Harvey Dean
Lisa Harrow
as Kate Reynolds
Barnaby Holm
as Peter Reynolds
Mason Adams
as President
Robert Arden
as American Ambassador
Tommy Duggan
as Brother Matteus
Louis Mahoney
as Brother Paulo
Marc Boyle
as Brother Benito
Richard Oldfield
as Brother Simeon
Milos Kirek
as Brother Martin
Tony Vogel
as Brother Antonio
Arwen Holm
as Carol
Hugh Moxey
as Manservant
William Fox
as Diplomat
John Baskcomb
as Diplomat
Norman Bird
as Dr. Philmore
Marc Smith
as Press Officer
Arnold Diamond
as Astronomer
Eric Richard
as Astronomer's Technician
Al Matthews
as Workman
Larry Martyn
as Orator
Frank Coda
as Orator
Ruby Wax
as US Ambassador's Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Omen III: The Final Conflict

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

...the moment The Final Conflict turns to dialogue and a plot, it loses its inspiration.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The bad news is that Damien has a whole movie to get through before he gives up the ghost, and that the movie is a grisly one.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Sam Neill is adequate as Damien Thorne, presenting a smarmy and very smug quality to the character.

Full Review… | November 2, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Neill is fire and brimstone incarnate, but he can't seem to seal the deal.

October 31, 2008
Filmcritic.com

The Omen trilogy comes to a close with this expectedly uneven installment...

Full Review… | October 31, 2008
Reel Film Reviews

The gas had pretty much run out of the Omen franchise by the time of this second sequel, and yet THE FINAL CONFLICT is quite an interesting film ...

Full Review… | July 4, 2008

Audience Reviews for Omen III: The Final Conflict

½

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.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer

½

The Final Conflict had the potential to be a very strong, redeeming film over the bad second one, instead it's one of the worst sequel as of yet to the original Omen. I can give him props however to Sam Neil to portray Damien Thorn effectively, but unfortunately his incredible acting ability doesn't even salvage this terrible film. Sam Neil looks like he's struggling to do his best with a poorly written script, and he tries his best to portray an adult Damien, but the film is a failure. I found that the film dragged too long to get to the point of this mess. The Final Conflict could have gone through another two rewrites before being approved by the studio, the concept was good, but the poorly written script ruins the film. The idea behind the plot were great, and it's a shame the filmmakers couldn't create something more memorable. Like I stated earlier, Sam Neil is a great choice, and is perfect for the part. Unfortunately due to a mediocre script, his talent can't redeem such a poor film. The strength of the film is Neil, but the weakness is a script that is heavily flawed. The film doesn't have any remarkable horror moments, and doesn't deliver anything scary. I think this film could have been a great entry in the series, one that had an interesting idea by having Damien Thorn as an adult. However, ideas expressed on film are flat and unimpressive. All in all, The Final Conflict is a bad film that could be so much better, it's a shame that with such an interesting idea, they came up with such a mundane entry in an obviously tired franchise.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

An awesome horror movie in the Omen series, one of my favourite movies, I highly recommend it if you liked the other two.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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