The Omen

This silly and bloody, but at times very effective, horror film takes THE EXORCIST one step further by concentrating, not on possession by the Devil, but on the Antichrist himself. Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is a highly respected American ambassador to England whose wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), gives birth to a stillborn child. Thorn is encouraged by...read more

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This silly and bloody, but at times very effective, horror film takes THE EXORCIST one step further by concentrating, not on possession by the Devil, but on the Antichrist himself. Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is a highly respected American ambassador to England whose wife, Katherine (Lee

Remick), gives birth to a stillborn child. Thorn is encouraged by a priest to switch his dead child with the living baby of a mother who died during childbirth. Five years later, strange things begin happening in the Thorn household, all of which can be traced to their boy, Damien (Harvey Stevens), who, unbeknownst to his surrogate parents, is the Antichrist. Regardless of its rather questionable premise, execution (unintentionally funny dialogue abounds), or taste, THE OMEN is a fairly entertaining horror picture that made an obscene amount of money and spawned two sequels, DAMIEN--OMEN II and THE FINAL CONFLICT, neither of which was very good. The films were originally conceived as four parts, tracing Damien's rise to power from his childhood through adulthood and eventually to Armageddon, but patron interest slacked off considerably after the second film, forcing the producers to cut the saga short at three.

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  • Released: 1976
  • Rating: R
  • Review: This silly and bloody, but at times very effective, horror film takes THE EXORCIST one step further by concentrating, not on possession by the Devil, but on the Antichrist himself. Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is a highly respected American ambassador to En… (more)

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