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The Omen (1976)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  25 June 1976 (USA)
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Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the anti-christ? The devil's own son?



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Good morning. You are one day closer to the end of the world. You have been warned. See more »


Horror | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 June 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Antichrist  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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One of Richard Donner's first requests to screenwriter David Seltzer was to remove all suggestions of the supernatural, such as cloven-hoofed demons and witches' covens. The golden rule was that nothing was allowed in the script that couldn't happen in real life. The idea was that there should be some degree of doubt over whether or not Thorn was deranged. See more »


The guide wire can be seen on the pole that falls from the church. See more »


[first lines]
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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classy and chilling horror
18 April 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The first and best in the series of films about devil-child Damien teamed a great cast (Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Patrick Troughton, Billie Whitelaw) with Harvey Stephens in a chilling performance as the child.

The deaths most of the cast meet are inventive and in some cases, memorable for many years after viewing the film - giving the opportunity for some unusual and striking visuals, while the whole film is soaked in that loud Goldsmith score to great effect.

The sequels, alas, were poor in comparison, but 'The Omen' stands alone of its type of seventies horror schlock.

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