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Siskoid

There's more to The Omen than I remembered. On the surface, it's one of those horror movies that trades on dispassionate kids being creepy. And obviously, it banks on the 1970s interest in the occult, with its da Vinci Code-like investigation of the Antichrist myth across Europe. But watching it again, I was taken by the subtext. This is about post-partem, isn't it? Though it's literal in this case, the mother comes to believe her child is evil and indeed, NOT her child. And though not exactly the poster child for adoption, Damien comes to be the rejected child who finds comfort in the arms of a nanny. That he's also at the center of a war between Heaven and Hell (in which Pat Troughton is a soldier, always fun to see a former Doctor as a doomsayer) is almost besides the point. The Omen also has great atmosphere and every death scene is memorably staged by director Richard Donner (Superman, this isn't). An iconic supernatural detective story with thrilling horror moments peppered throughout.
3 years 3 months ago
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MathianSim

Goddamn, that decapitation was pretty spectacular.
6 years 10 months ago
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cathedra

fucking child, i would beat the shit out of him.
7 years 2 months ago
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brainfabias

There are two types of Horror films:
One, which relies on cheap scares and in-your-face monstrosities, much like The Conjuring.
The other type, relies on eerie cinematography, bone-chilling music, and induces a gradual stream of terror which besets your heart even after the film is long over. Example: The Omen (1976)
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8 years 4 months ago
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Jonathan_Hutchings

One of the best horror films ever made.
10 years 3 months ago
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Jumping Elephant

One can't help but notice that without the religious and apocalyptic pretexts, the plot of this film simply wouldn't exist. And yet, despite this, the movie manages to do two thing: 1.) still have feasibility problems within this realm and 2.) the movie is actually entertaining.

Furthermore, it relies heavily upon the success of its "spiritual" predecessor from three years prior, The Exorcist. Rather, much like spoiler, The Omen serves as sort of an anti-Exorcist. In Friedkin's movie, the spiritual salvation of the child is at stake, and so the parent must remove the demonic forces in order to save her soul. But in The Omen, the problem is the child; the child needs to be killed / removed in order to heal the wound.
9 years 4 months ago
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tigh66

One of Peck's best performances, he holds the film together along with Jerry Goldsmith's unforgettable score.
11 years 7 months ago
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T Howd

Did anyone else notice the red face in the background during the Etruscan cemetery scene?
9 months ago
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Olli

Right next to The Exorcist and Don't Look Now probably my favourite 70s Horror flick
5 years 11 months ago
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Camille Deadpan

This movie is scary alright, but I also laughed :D
7 years 9 months ago
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BeasleyOnFilm

I'm gonna go ahead and say it. This might well be the best horror film ever made.
9 years 7 months ago
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abraxas

ave ave versus christhus :)
11 years 11 months ago
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boxingmark

Better than I expected.
12 years ago
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TheGallopingGhost

Trivia: the Adult Swim cartoon "Lucy: Daughter of the Devil" parodies several scenes from this movie.
11 years 3 months ago
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nicolaskrizan

sometimes scary and interesting, sometimes bland and lagging – could well have been in the book but isn't

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7 years 5 months ago
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