"The Omen" stars Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as Robert and Kathy Thorn, wealthy political figures who have everything they want... except a child. When Kathy unknowingly gives birth to a stillborn baby, Robert quickly adopts another child in place of the real child, which Kathy apparently never finds out about. Young Damien seems like the perfect child, but strange mortalities soon arise when Damien turns five. First, his nanny hangs herself at his 5th birthday. Next, a priest who tries to watn Peck about his son's birth mother is impaled by a lightning rod. These strange deaths attract the attention of a photographer, ably played by the grossly underrated David Warner. Together, Warner and Peck go looking for Damien's real mother. A new nanny, played with fervor by Billie Whitelaw, comes along, knowing who Damien really is. Remick's character soon suffers a miscarriage, and she and the photographer both meet an untimely end. Peck receives seven daggers from an aging archeologist named Bugenhagen. Peck then realizes his son's true identity, building up to a terrifying closing sequence.
Overall, "The Omen" is a horror masterpiece. The acting is superb, Richard Donner directs exceellently and Jerry Goldsmith's score is breathtakingly scary (I'm still haunted by the music played in the opening credits). Extras include a making - of documentary and trailers.
THe story-line revolves around a US ambassador to Great Britain whose wife gives birth to a supposed stillborn baby, so out of desperation, he secretly adopts another newborn. The baby is normal until his fifth birthday when his nanny hangs herself at his birthday party *in a very disturbing scene.* Another nanny takes her place who happens to be the nanny from Hell *literally!* Death ensues in some of the goriest death scenes of the time period. The film closes with one of the most downer endings of any other film.
Highly recommended horror film. The cast, story, and haunting musical score work together to create a truly creepy and disturbing film.