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The Omen (Special Edition, Widescreen)

Gregory Peck , Lee Remick , J.M. Kenny , Richard Donner    R (Restricted)   DVD
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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

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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My Dad Can Beat Up Your Dad! June 22 2004
Kathy Thorn (Lee Remick) really wanted a child. Unfortunately, she lost her baby during the delivery. Not to worry! She's unconscious and knows nothing of the stillbirth. Her husband Robert (Gregory Peck) has just been offered another child by a priest. Robert accepts the infant boy, never telling his wife that he's not hers. Big mistake! They name the kid Damien. Little Damien starts growing up, and weird things begin happening! His nanny hangs herself on his 5th birthday. A new, creepy nanny named Mrs. Baylock moves in, seemingly from out of nowhere. A strange priest starts following Robert, talking about crazy prophetic stuff. Damien goes berzerk at a church. The baboons at the zoo go berzerk after catching a mere glimpse of Damien. A rotweiler (aka: devil doggy) is brought in by Mrs. Baylock to guard Damien. Ah yes, typical family life! Meanwhile, Robert meets a photographer (David Warner) who has some odd pictures to show him. The two join forces to get to the bottom of Damien's true identity. This leads to unexplained deaths and bizarre coincidences. Just who is Damien's real daddy? Will anyone survive Damien's teen years?? A definite classic of evil dread...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excorcist-Schmexcorcist Feb. 25 2004
1976's "The Omen" has always been my favorite horor film of all time. I found it more frightening than "Halloween", "Friday The Thirteenth" or even "The Excocist", simply because it does not frighten you with blood and gore (despite bloodshed every now and then). It is meant to frighten you with the plot, which, while fictional, seems disturbingly realistic.
"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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "IF THIS IS THE TRUTH, WHERE DOES IT END?" Jan. 29 2004
By Blade
One of the most successful horror films of all time in the mid-70s was "The Omen", starring Gregory Peck & Lee Remick as Mr. and Mrs. Thorne who are desperate to have a child. They adopt and decide to name their little boy Damien. Little do they know that Damien is more than what he appears to be. A sweet child on the outside, but on the inside all hell is about to break out! After numerous "accidental" deaths, Robert Thorne (Peck) investigates in order to find a solution to Damien's evil powers. And that's where I'm going to stop cause I don't wanna spoil it for you. Just watch it! And be sure to also see "Damien: Omen II" (1978), it's a lot better than this one!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Watchable... Jan. 3 2004
...But its no Exorcist. Gets three stars from me for decent cinematography, Gregory Peck's performance and the scene with the mad baboons in the zoo attacking Damien and Lee Remick. The score by Jerry Goldsmith whose music I usually love is just awful. The direction is so so. Richard Donner still has not been able to top his work in Superman and the first two Lethal Weapon movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Horror Films Ever Dec 26 2003
By Aaron
I consider "The Omem" the third of the "Great 3 Horror Films" of all time. The other two being "Rosemary's Baby" and "The Exorcist." Like the other two films, "The Omen" is a religiously based horror film. It's based on the coming of the anti-Christ.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST Dec 16 2003
Even though "The Omen" spawned countless copycats and its own less than perfect sequels, it is one of the eeriest and most suspenseful films of this genre. Director Richard Donner uses extremely moody and malevolent atmospherics to form the backdrop for this tale of the birth of the Anti-Christ. One of the scariest and most disturbing is the death of Patrick Troughton, who plays the errant priest who tries to warn Robert Thorne of his disastrous son. The wind howling in the park, the intensity of Troughton's manic performance and the final impaling is outstandingly filmed. Other classic moments: the look on Lee Remick's face when she realizes what her nanny has done; the terror in Damien's fear of going to church; the attack of the baboons in the drive through park; the awful moment when Remick tumbles off the second story of her house, and even more in her fall from the hospital window; Billie Whitelaw's animalistic attack on Peck to preserve the Antichrist; and of course, the awful fate awaiting David Warner via a plate glass. And the scene in the graveyard with its music and ferocious barking Rotweiler's---wow, this is suspense at its finest.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars a terrifying masterpiece
the original The Omen,with Gregory Peck and Lee Remick,is for me, a
masterpiece of pure terror.possibly the most terrifying film ever
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Published on Nov. 3 2007 by falcon
2.0 out of 5 stars not good
i did not find good i thoght it would be better
Published on Sept. 28 2004 by serge
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps a Classic in its Own Time, But Not Now
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 more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by Fractal Rock
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad Seed.
The whole plot of THE OMEN revolves around the idea of the anti-Christ growing up and living amongst us, unknown to anyone until it's too late. Read more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by tvtv3
2.0 out of 5 stars The Omen: A Creaky Period Piece Whose Age Shows
Those who first saw THE OMEN back in 1976 were swept away more by the theme of the anti-Christ reborn than by any high quality production values. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003 by Martin Asiner
4.0 out of 5 stars A 1970's classic!
Ok so please ignore the fact that The American Ambassador's son's birthday party would NOT be headline news in the UK and the question of why Armed British Police officers were... Read more
Published on Oct. 28 2003 by Tony Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie with an absolutely Classic Score!
When I first saw this movie I just could not believe how well it had been put together by director Richard Donnor. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by BtVS†Bloke
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