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

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Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he is the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want nothing more than to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth. Without telling his wife he agrees. After relocating to London, strange events - and the ominous warnings of a priest - lead him to believe that the child he took from that Italian hospital is evil incarnate. Written by garykmcd

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Those who foretold it are dead. Those who can stop it are in grave danger. See more »


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25 June 1976 (USA)  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)
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The producers and Richard Donner were debating whether or not to keep the Mrs. Baylock character because while the rest of the movie was subtle and ambiguous enough to keep you guessing if it was really a demonic conspiracy or just a series of coincidences, Mrs. Baylock was so over the top evil, it was pretty clear she was straight from hell. This killed the ambiguity and suspense of the rest of the movie. But Donner loved Billie Whitlaw so much in this role he just couldn't bear to see her go. See more »

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When Katherine is thrown from the hospital window, we see her crash through the roof of an ambulance. But when she is shown, she barely has any head or facial wounds at all. Plus, the blood that is running from her nose is clearly already dried. See more »

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Father Spiletto: [voiceover] The child is dead. He breathed for a moment. Then he breathed no more. The child is dead. Dead. The child is dead.
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Music and Latin lyrics by Jerry Goldsmith
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Kids Can Be Hell.
30 October 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rightfully tense and spooky thriller from director Richard Donner that grabs its audience and does not let go until the shocking finale. American Ambassador Gregory Peck has come up with an idea after his new-born son dies at birth: he decides to pass another child off to wife Lee Remick as their own. Life in England seems grand for a few years, but as the child becomes a toddler (in the form of the young Harvey Stephens) strange murders start to occur. The child is really the son of Satan, born of a goat, and his only goal is to grow up and take over the world for his unearthly father. As the truth slowly unfolds, the film twists into disturbing murders and highly unholy situations. Not a film for the faint of heart and certainly not a perfect film, but still one of the stronger films of the usually luke-warm genre. 4 stars out of 5.


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