The whole plot of THE OMEN revolves around the idea of the anti-Christ growing up and living amongst us, unknown to anyone until it's too late. The premise of the film is somewhat interesting, and was a farely new concept when the movie was released, but has become common place nowadays. The "scariness" of THE OMEN isn't in blood and guts, but in the shock value: we barely see a nanny hang herself outdoors from a window, but it is shocking; we've been told that Damien's mother was a jackal so when his adopted father searches the grave, we shouldn't be shocked, but we are; the newspaper photographer already showed us how he would die, but when it happens it is a bit shocking. The film really is dated now, but it contains a couple of gems, mainly the soundtrack and Gregory Peck. The movie probably isn't as spooky as it was originally, but it's still an interesting film to watch.
**** out of **** Impalements, decapitations, religious undertones, and indeed, predictions of unfortunate events to come are all things that characterize "The Omen" to make it the classic that it is regarded as today. What I've mentioned already has been done in films both before and after this one; but they haven't quite done it like it's done here. "The Omen" surprises and scares in the most bizarre of ways, ranging from pure shock value to actual atmospheric creepiness … more
I had not seen this movie in about 15 years, when I decided to take a look. It was an old favorite of mine from my teen years...always loved the soundtrack. I expected that it would have aged pretty horribly...but BOY was I pleasantly surprised. It's a pretty darn terrific film. The plot outline is hardly terribly original anymore. It would appear that the child raised by Diplomat Gregory Peck and his wife Lee Remick was "switched at birth" for the devil's child. This child … more
AfterThe Exorcistsparked a lengthy trend of supernatural thrillers, this 1976 horror film scored a hit with critics and audiences for mixing gothic horror and mystery into its plot about a young boy suspected of being the personification of the anti-Christ. (No doubt it's a favorite of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson.) Directed by Richard Donner (best known for hisSupermanandLethal Weaponfilms),The Omengained a lot of credibility from the casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a distinguished American couple living in England, whose young son Damien bears "the mark of the beast." Mysterious deaths and unexplained incidents draw the attention of a photographer (David Warner), whose investigation leads to the young boy--and also to the photographer's shocking decapitation (in a scene that has since been inducted into the horror hall of fame). At a time when graphic gore had yet to dominate the horror genre, this film used its violence discreetly and to great effect, and the mood of dread and potential death is masterfully maintained. It's all a bit hokey, with a lot of biblical portent and sensational fury, but few would deny it's highly entertaining. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score works wonders to enhance the movie's creepy atmosphere.--Jeff Shannon