The Omen (1976)
Why I love it:
- It’s a story about a child who is the Anti-Christ incarnate, switched at birth and given to unsuspecting power elitist parents.
- The film begins in Rome where a Catholic priest deceives Robert Thorn, the main character played by Gregory Peck, by giving him a replacement son after telling him that his biological son died.
- The underlying political message: Robert Thorn is made U.S. ambassador to Great Britain which will facilitate Damien, the Anti-Christ’s rise to power.
- Astrology is briefly featured with a reference to an “Astrologer’s Monthly” magazine piece that portends events surrounding the passing of a comet. The date given coincides with Damien’s date of birth.
- Damien’s birth info: June 6th at 6:00 am (666).
- This movie is scary without over the top theatrics or hocus-pocus antics.
- The theme song is sung in Latin and the words actually say “Hail Satan”.
- The scene where the nanny hangs herself. “It’s all for you, Damien”, she says with a noose around her neck before jumping out the window.
- The scene where the baboons try to attack Damien and his mother in the car at the zoo.
- The hounds of hell played by bad-ass rottweilers.
- The scene where Damien rides his tricycle down the hall causing his mother to fall from the 2nd floor.
- The decapitation scene.
- The deaths are ultra-violent despite the lack of blood and gore.
- It’s a 70’s flick.
- Mrs. Baylock, the sinister nanny who has been sent to keep watch over Damien. They couldn’t have cast a better woman to play this role.
- The sequel, The Omen II (1978) was pretty good and it is a nice progression from the original.