31 Days of Horror: A Compilation of My Favorite Horror Films. Day 16: The Omen I & II

The Omen poster

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.





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