The Omen (Special Edition, Widescreen) (Bilingual)
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When his wife Katherine's (Lee Remick) pregnancy ends in a stillbirth in a Rome hospital, U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) adopts another baby, whose mother died. Damien thrives as a normal child until, at his fifth birthday party, his nanny mysteriously dies; Father Brennan also dies after warning Thorn that he has adopted Lucifer's son. Thorn's fears escalate when a photographer shows him pictures from Damien's party with marks suggesting how the nanny and Brennan would die. Thorn seeks out an exorcist who confirms Damien's identity and tells Thorn that the only solution is to kill his adopted son.
After The Exorcist sparked a lengthy trend of supernatural thrillers, this 1976 horror film scored a hit with critics and audiences for mixing gothic horror and mystery into its plot about a young boy suspected of being the personification of the anti-Christ. (No doubt it's a favorite of shock-rocker Marilyn Manson.) Directed by Richard Donner (best known for his Superman and Lethal Weapon films), The Omen gained a lot of credibility from the casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick as a distinguished American couple living in England, whose young son Damien bears "the mark of the beast." Mysterious deaths and unexplained incidents draw the attention of a photographer (David Warner), whose investigation leads to the young boy--and also to the photographer's shocking decapitation (in a scene that has since been inducted into the horror hall of fame). At a time when graphic gore had yet to dominate the horror genre, this film used its violence discreetly and to great effect, and the mood of dread and potential death is masterfully maintained. It's all a bit hokey, with a lot of biblical portent and sensational fury, but few would deny it's highly entertaining. Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar-winning score works wonders to enhance the movie's creepy atmosphere. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"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.
This effective, well constructed thriller has a pretty iconic reputation. It gave us, for better or for worse, a character that has become as famous as "The Exorcist's" Regan MacNeil. It also boasts an impressive cast of accomplished actors, Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, and they do not disappoint. The film is mostly set in London, and its cloudy setting adds tremendous amount of atmosphere which is further enhanced by Jerry Goldsmith's haunting score. As expected of any film dealing with biblical prophecies, unholy characters etc there is a lot of religious talk and it is expertly handled by Richard Donner. Donner manages to squeeze every ounce of fear from his actors and the chilling and cleverly executed death sequences are as gruesome as they are original (I wonder if the "Final Destination" series got their ideas from this film). Although it's never as bloody as the films that were to follow in the 80's, watching a clean decapitation from a sheet of glass or the impalement of a holy man in front of a church's walls are enough to send chills up most spines.Read more ›
Jerry Goldsmith's Oscar winning score is perfect, and the cast is superb. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick bring a professional dignity to their performances; never overacting, never underacting; their class is evident and it's a shame we've lost these two brilliant performers.
The Omen is a thriller I have high on my list of favorite "horror" movies.
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very well made,enjoy watching this movie,again VERY WELL MADE.Published 2 months ago by emile caron
Quick delivery, quality product, excellent price. Highly recommended!Published 3 months ago by Michael
Loved this classic scary movie, would watch it over and over, excellent actors too!Published 5 months ago by Lisa R.
What else needs to be said about this? It's a very disturbing look into the dark side of what one might go through should they "Believe".Published 18 months ago by Kevin
the original The Omen,with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick,is for me, a
masterpiece of pure terror.possibly the most terrifying film ever
made. Read more
Robert and Kathy Thorn give birth to a stillborn child. Robert hides this truth from his wife by adopting another baby and pretending that it is their own so as to protect Kathy... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2004 by Fractal Rock
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