The Omen

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The first film in classic, four-part legacy of terror stars Gregory Peck as an ambassador who is talked into switching his wife’s (Lee Remick) stillborn baby with an orphaned infant. When young Damien is Five, the horror begins with his nanny’s dramatic suicide. As the death toll escalates, Damien’s father, realizing his son is the antichrist, decides that he must kill the boy and rid the world of the
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The Omen

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  1. Ok if you think this movie was a good horror movie then i dont want to know what you do in your spare time because this movie was dumb.I didn’t even jump in the movie.The special effects if you even call them special effects were pathetic.I dont care if it was made in 1976 it still was stupid.Star Wars and Jaws were made at the same time and had good special effects.If you have about 2 hours to waste then watch this movie if you dont then dont watch this.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. This movie is dated. Unless you are a fan of classic horror movies, I do not recommend this one. I saw the remake before I saw the original, and the original is just not up to par.. The acting is laughable and very superficial sounding(probably due to age). Also, there are alot of things that happen that are unexplained in this movie. I don’t know that I would have recognized them if not for seeing the remake, though. And why oh why is Ambassador Thorne in such a hurry at the end of this movie?! He wasn’t being chased in the beginning!.. This movie lacks any sort of scare factor. And has lost all suspense over time.

    If you want to see an outdated classic horror film, this is the movie for you.

    If you are looking to see a scary movie, watch the remake.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. How should i put this,um this movie was very pathetic kind of.The movie i’ll admit had a good plot.But one thing is to have good efects in a movie.Now i know some people dont care about if a movie does or doesn’t have any good effects but lets be a little realistic.I’m not going to say anything about who dies but if someone see’s this movie like i did for the first time tonight with my friends i want someone to notice how each person dies its lame.I mean not lame how they die but notice when they die you can tell its fake.Oh well i dont care about renting the sequels to this movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. With the impending arrival of the remake, some people out there are engaging in vivid, inexplicable fantasies about how this movie is some sort of classic. Tisn’t the case. ‘The Omen’ is a a fairly decent horror movie, but it’s needlessly slow and hasn’t aged well. Now, I wasn’t around at the time, but ample evidence suggests that the key to ‘The Omen’s popularity is rooted in the famed decapitation scene and the general creativity and outlandishness of the other death scenes. In short, it relied on shock value, and it’s no longer shocking, so you haven’t got too much left to work with. It isn’t a bad movie, just a very average one, and certainly not one that should be mentioned alongside ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘The Exorcist’, ‘Night of the Living Dead’, ‘Dawn of the Dead’ and so on.

    As if you didn’t know, the plot’s like this: There’s this kid who is the Anti-Christ, and he starts killin’ those who find out his true nature, as they generally tend not to be to pleased with this intel. That is, in all seriousness, the short and long of it. Now a lack of plot is fine in horror movies, often a good thing, but ‘The Omen’ drags us through what little plot there is very, very gradually. We basically just watch the characters figure all this out, which takes them a helluva long time as Thorn wanders from place to place, and are treated to the occasional death scene, which are, again, no longer truly remarkable and which are few and far between. The problem with this film, more than the general slowness and unimpressive plot, is that it can’t really generate much atmosphere. I suppose it’s impossible to say why a film *failed* to create an oppressive atmospher, beyond that most of the individual occurrences and elements, like the nasty dog and evil nanny, just aren’t particularly interesting or unnerving. Contributing to this problem, Goldsmith’s much lauded pseudo-gothic score is cheesy and overwrought rather than ominous. Furthermore, Gregory Peck is dull and unsympathetic as the evil Damien’s ‘father’. He’s mostly just miscast. This is Atticus Finch we’re talking about here. He doesn’t belong in a horror movie. None of the other performances are of any note at all.

    Now, I’ve done nothing but complain, so I must again reiterate that this isn’t a bad movie. None of the flaws I’ve mentioned are fatally bad, but they’re notable and, again, it doesn’t have anything truly great about it to offset these concerns. Still, the death scenes, the heart of the movie,, are still sufficiently amusing. Again, nothing shocking or especially elaborate by modern day standards, but they’re still fairly cool. Nothing you won’t have seen before, but most of it is worth a second look.

    Though I can’t know for sure yet, obviously, I can’t help but suspect that for once a re-make will actually make the original obsolete this time. I see no evidence that the execution in the remake is anything more than average, but it was no more than average the first time around, and it has got 30 years worth of special effects development on its side as well as tens of millions of dollars. Still, it seems like a waste, since it looks like they’ve taken an average film, and then made another average, but more slick and expensive, film out of it. Whatever the case, `The Omen’ is now probably only of interest to horror buffs, and they’ll almost certainly already have seen it. It’s merely passable, but that, of course, means that it is still good enough, if just barely.

    Edit: I’ve since seen the remake, and it is indeed superior, though not a great film by any stretch of the imagination. Very much the same thing, but the vastly improved production values and generally livelier performances elevate it quite a bit. The remake is arguably more flatly silly at times, but that just ups the entertainment value.

    Grade: C

    Edit: After receiving a huge pile of unhelpful votes, I’ve seen the LIGHT!!!!!!!! The pointless slowness? FANTASTIC!!! The cheesy, lame music? BRILLIANT!!!!!! The mediocre plot? AMAZING!!!! The mixture of overacting and non-acting? ASTOUDING!!!! 666 STARS!!!!!!!!!

    Rating: 3 / 5

  5. My husband went on and on for years about how scary the Omen was when he watched it as a twelve year old. I remembered bits and pieces of it from network television and decided to sit down and watch it to see what all the fuss was about. After having watched it, I still don’t know.

    While I don’t think that it’s necessary to have a lot of blood, gore, and special effects to make a movie genuinely scary, if you’re NOT going to use these devices then you’d better have some damn good acting and a good plot line. “Have no fear my little one”, “Gave you a fright, did he sir?” are the most unrealistic examples of dialogue I’ve ever heard.

    Animals in the zoo running away from Damien? Well no offense, but plenty of people are attacked by bears at Yellowstone and lions on safari and no claims their victims are the anti-christ. And a woman hangs herself because a dog looked at her? I didn’t really get the connection. For a movie about the anti-christ coming to reclaim the Earth, Damien himself never does anything remotely scary or even interact with his “victims” in any way.

    All in all it’s just one long, boring, unrealistic movie.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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