The Omen (1976) Movie Review

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1976 | Horror, Drama, Mystery
111 minutes /

User Score: 66/100

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The Omen Review


Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

The Omen (1976) is a British/American suspense mystery thriller horror movie that I enjoyed very much and wished I had seen it earlier. Director Richard Donner (Lethal Weapon (1987), The Goonies (1985), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)) did a fabulous job directing another original masterpiece. The movie contains subject matters on abortion and pregnancies, suspense, some graphic scenes, gore, violence, thrills and sitting on the edge of your moments.

Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck - To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Roman Holiday (1953), The Guns of Navarone (1961)) was in Rome when his wife went into labor and newborn son died upon delivery. His wife Katherine (Lee Remick - Anatomy of a Murder (1959), Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The Europeans (1979)) is unaware that their son died. The priest, Father Spiletto (Martin Benson - Goldfinger (1964), The King and I (1956), The Message (1977)) at the hospital told Robert that he should adopt a newborn baby and that is exactly what Robert did. The baby boy Damien (Harvey Stephens - The Omen (2006), Omenisms (2006), Gauguin the Savage (1980)) is now five years old. He is living in a humongous estate in London because he is named the Ambassador to the United Kingdom. A lot of strange things are happening including a nanny committing suicide during Damien’s birthday party. Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton - Doctor Who (1963), Hamlet (1948), Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)) visit Robert to tell him about Damien’s original family. Father Brennan did not get very far because Robert became infuriated and had the Father escorted out.

Keith Jennings ( David Warner - Titanic (1997), Planet of the Apes (2001), TRON (1982)) was a photographer from the press who took pictures of Damien’s birthday party and the priest. Keith discovers some very weird scratches/shadow lines on the images with the priest. After a few events, Katherine becomes fearful of her son Damien as she witnesses his violent behaviour and animals becoming wild when they are around him. Father Brennan soon corners Robert and Robert agree to sit down and talk in the park. Father Brennan told Robert of Damien’s mission to take over the political power and wealth of him after killing Katherine and their unborn child and then Robert. Father Brennan told Robert that Damien is the Antichrist and Damien must die.

Soon after Father Brennan dies from a sudden lightning storm outside as he tries to seek sanctuary in the church. Katherine told Robert that she was pregnant when he returned home from his talk with the Father. She also told him that she is scared of Damien and would like to get an abortion. Not so long after, Robert began to believe everything the father told him and sought help. Will it be too late to save Katherine and himself from Damien? Watch the movie and see.

The Omen was a great horror classic movie oldie treat that I will share with friends and family. I would recommend this classic to all horror fans. The cast did an awesome job with their parts. The light, cinematography and sets were all good.

About The Omen 1976

Title: The Omen
Original Title: The Antichrist, The Birthmark
Year: 1976
Runtime: 111 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Drama, Mystery
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 372 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 372
Starring: David Warner, Burnell Tucker, Bill Reimbold, Nicholas Campbell, Victor Harrington, Michael Byrne, Don Fellows, Robert MacLeod, Juba Kennerley, Robert Rietty, Bruce Boa, Gregory Peck, Billie Whitelaw, Miki Iveria, Harvey Stephens, Patrick Troughton, Anthony Nicholls, Harvey Bernhard, Holly Palance, Leo McKern, Roy Boyd, Christine Spooner, Freda Dowie, Damian John Spooner, Sheila Raynor, Patrick McAlinney, Dawn Perllman, Lee Remick, Nancy Mannigham, Betty McDowall
Writers: David Seltzer
Director: Richard Donner