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The Final Conflict (1981)

R  |   |  Horror  |  20 March 1981 (USA)
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The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him.

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Harvey Dean
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Peter Reynolds
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Robert Arden ...
American Ambassador
Leueen Willoughby ...
Barbara Dean
Marc Boyle ...
Brother Benito
Milos Kirek ...
Brother Martin
Tommy Duggan ...
Brother Mattius
Louis Mahoney ...
Brother Paulo
Richard Oldfield ...
Brother Simeon
Tony Vogel ...
Brother Antonio
Arwen Holm ...
Carol
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Now come into his full knowledge and power, the Anti-Christ in the body of Damien Thorne is about to strike his final blow. The Christ-child has been born again, on the Angel Isle, Great Britain (Scotland, England & Wales). The plan is simple, find the male children born on the specified day, and kill them all. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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The power of evil is no longer in the hands of a child. See more »

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Omen III: The Final Conflict  »

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The film's storyline applied retroactive continuity changes to the franchise's time line. Damien Thorn had been a child in The Omen (1976) and a teenager in Damien: Omen II (1978) and could have not been an adult in his thirties by the time the film was released in present day times of 1981. As such, the movie significantly retconed the events from the first two films back further in the past to accommodate the series story's temporal shift. See more »

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In the first scene set in the Fernbank Observatory, the rate of acceleration of the stars under observation is given as "...a couple of thousand Parsecs, minimum". In real life the Parsec is a unit of distance, not acceleration. (However, this could be a sly reference to the famous misuse of the term "Parsec" in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope.) See more »

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Damien Thorn: Nazarene, charlatan, what can you offer humanity? Since the hour you vomited forth from the gaping wound of a woman, you have done nothing but drown man's soaring desires in a deluge of sanctimonious morality. You've inflamed the pubertal mind of youth with your repellent dogma of original sin. And now you absolve in denying them the ultimate joy beyond death by destroying me ? But you will fail, Nazarene, as you have always failed. We were both created in man's image, but while you were born ...
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Not a bad movie, but an unsatisfactory end to the trilogy
22 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the success of the first two 'Omen' films, it was inevitable that there would be more. According to the documentary 'The Omen Legacy' the original plan was for 7 total films, but producer Harvey Bernard and Twentieth Century Fox settled on 3. Now this was probably a smart thing to do, because you could only take this story so far until people would be tired of it. 'The Final Conflict' would be the long-waited finale to the series and was much anticipated. To the dismay of many who saw it, it was not the grand finale it should have been. It's sort of a cross between the first two films. On one hand it has more story and less blood and gore, but on the other it seems a bit more concerned with spectacle than telling a good story and ending the series in a satisfactory way. That doesn't mean this film isn't any good, but if you like the first two then you will likely be underwhelmed by the end result.

Pros: Fine work done by the cast. Jerry Goldsmith composes a different, but still excellent score. Some elaborate and creative death sequences. Moves at a decent pace. Well photographed and nice scenery. A stronger, more layered script than last time. Has quite a mean streak.

Cons: Lacking in scares and tension. Some things are too underdeveloped. The ending is a letdown for this film and the series as a whole.

Final thoughts: After a series starts so well you hope the level of quality stays high in the subsequent installments. In the case of the 'Omen' franchise it did take a dive after the first film, but both theatrical sequels are still above average and worth the viewers time. They could have been better, especially this one, but unlike some sequels they aren't an embarrassment.

My rating: 3.5/5


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