The Omen

Released 1976


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The Omen

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Richard Donner

The Omen is a horror film that premiered in 1976 and was directed by Richard Donner. Richard Thorn (Gregory Peck), a United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and his wife, Katherine Thorn (Lee Remick) are a wealthy family about to have a beautiful baby boy. Although they don't realize it, their baby is switched at birth with the son of the devil. Damien Thorn (Harvey Stephens) is not like other children; he goes through strings of nannies who seem terrified of the young child. One of the nannies even hangs herself in the Thorn home. Richard is informed of the origins of his child, but he cannot comprehend what it means. It is only after more people around the Thorn family die, including Katherine's unborn second child, that Richard realizes he must get to the bottom of his son's evil nature. He searches for Damien's birth mother, but he is unprepared for what he actually finds out about his son. What lengths will Richard be able to go to stop the evil being that he has been raising as his own child? Who else will have to die during Damien's climb to become the Antichrist? The Omen was written by David Seltzer, and was followed by many sequels and even a remake in 2006, called The Omen 666, the 666 being a common reference in the series to the Number of the Beast in the Christian Bible.



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  • 100

    The Telegraph

    Much scarier than fellow possessed child flick The Exorcist, which predated it by three years, The Omen contains some of the most memorable untimely deaths in cinema history.

  • 63

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Omen takes all of this terribly seriously, as befits the genre that gave us Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist. What Jesus was to the 1950s movie epic, the devil is to the 1970s,...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    A bald-faced lamprey hitching its razor-tipped maw on the chassis of The Exorcist, The Omen's Sunday-school parable of gothic Cathsploitation comes twice as thick and thrice as pious.

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Drama, Horror, Suspense


Cult, Classics, Satanic, Supernatural