Overall Rank: 818
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 363
Theatrical Release Date: 06/25/1976
Genre: Horror, Mystery
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Richard Donner
Actors: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, Harvey Stephens, Patrick Troughton
Plot: A diplomat secretly exchanges his wife's stillborn child with an orphaned boy. As he grows up, disturbing signs and events lead him to believe this boy is the antichrist and needs to be killed.
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SIngli6 - wrote on 05/05/2014
Though not in the same league as such religious horror classics as 'The Exorcist' and 'Rosemary's Baby', 'The Omen' is still an above-average - even intermittently iconic - 70's supernatural thriller with a good script, some great deaths, the BEST score ever recorded for a motion picture, and performances that treat the material with the utmost respect (indeed, perhaps with too much respect at times).
Matthew Brady - wrote on 01/29/2014
A diplomat secretly exchanges his wife's stillborn child with an orphaned boy. As he grows up, disturbing signs and events lead him to believe this boy is the antichrist and needs to be killed. This movie was chilling and cold, the mystery in the movie was unexpected at times.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 11/22/2011
There's some cheesiness to this horror film (I particularly found the decapitation scene to be a little over-the-top), but there's also enough creepiness to make the film worth watching. It's not "jump out of your seat" scary most of the time, but it is generally unsettling.
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Yojimbo - wrote on 06/25/2012
An American diplomat adopts a newborn baby but a series of bizarre deaths and the warnings of a terrified priest lead him to believe that his son is the anti-Christ. Subtlety has never been Richard Donner's strong suit and in his painfully hokey old school Gothic horror, over-egging is most definitely the order of the day. From the intrusive and clumsy soundtrack to the deeply unconvincing sets and poor makeup effects, The Omen is like a compilation of everything that went wrong with Hammer horror films. Gregory Peck's earnest hero is a dreary protagonist and the concept of his "saving the world" by murdering a five year old does not sit well at all. The film's few saving graces lie with the supporting cast; young Harvey Stephens' Damien is an undeniably creepy presence, Billie …
mdtinney - wrote on 09/17/2009
In 1968, an innocent woman gave birth to the Antichrist (Rosemary's Baby). In 1973, Satan himself took control of a teenage girl, scaring people witless for ages (The Exorcist). In 1976, his son came back, this time under the appearance of a five-year old boy...
Over 30 years later, The Omen remains one of the best horror films of all time. I watched it again a few days ago, and I had trouble falling asleep the following night. Like in Halloween, there's almost no gore at all, but that doesn't weaken its ability to shock. If you want real horror but can't stand blood, The Omen is perfect. The movie begins in Rome, where American diplomat Robert Thorne (Gregory Peck) is told his son died just after birth. Since his wife (Lee Remick) doesn't know about it, he accepts father Spiletto's …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 11/19/2008
I know I’m in the minority here but I actually prefer the 2006 version with Julia Stiles and Liev Schreiber over this one. There were barely any genuine scares and I found it appalling that some people compare this to the masterful “The Exorcist” and “Rosemary’s Baby.” Sure, they have the anti-Christ issue as a commonality but quality-wise, this film is far from those classics. I did like the performances here, however, especially Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. I believed Peck to be the protective husband who did not want his wife to find out that their biological son had died so he adopted a baby behind his wife’s back. Remick was both funny and convincing during the parts where she was being attacked. As for Harvey Stephens, who played Damien, he’s creepy as hell and I thought he really …
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