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The Omen (1976)

R | | Horror | 25 June 1976 (USA)
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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$2,800,000 (estimated)
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Rosemary's Baby follows a similar plot, about a satanic conspiracy involving the rise to power of the devil's son, and the series of accidents and deaths that are inflicted upon the opponents to this conspiracy. But whereas Rosemary's Baby is very subtle, The Omen is more explicit. For example, when Hutch dies after giving key information about the Castavets and the coven to Rosemary, it's easy to miss that his death was a result of the coven's intervention; it's very subtle. But when Father Brennan warns Robert about Damien and immediately thereafter is impaled by a metal rod which is struck by lightning, it's impossible to miss the Devil's handiwork. See more »

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In the first darkroom scene, the photographer notices a shadow on the picture of Fr. Brennan he took with his backup camera in front of the embassy. In the background, the later picture taken on the football pitch is seen hanging up to dry. This is the one he is developing in the second darkroom scene. 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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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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