The Omen (1976)

Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Patrick Troughton, Harvey Stephens
Directed by Richard Donner
Rating: B

An adopted baby brings trouble for an ambassador and his wife. After four happy years with their son, Damien, his fifth birthday reveals there is more to where he came from.

There are many secrets surrounding Damien’s coming into the world. Robert Thorn’s wife just lost their baby during labor, and a priest at the hospital suggests adopting a newborn without the consent of his wife. Years later Robert and his wife are happy with their child until the nanny commits suicide at Damien’s fifth birthday party. From there the priest returns to warn Robert the son he adopted is evil.

There has been a lot of hype around this classic horror film, which in itself isn’t very horrifying. It’s more about the build up of the story taking place than about any jump scares or evils deeds surrounding the child and his new, stern nanny. The suspense picks up when the father starts investigating the child’s background and who gave birth to him. However, it takes up a lot of screen time just to get to that point.

The Omen is a movie worth consideration for horror fans who want to see the classics, but don’t expect too much out of it. The idea of the story, the Antichrist, is the most terrifying aspect of the movie, but the elements that create a truly scary movie are lacking. The Omen was probably scary for its time, but we now live in an age where we expect jump scares and demonic deeds to happen in a movie about the son of the devil.


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