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Story

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

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Gregory PeckRobert Thorn
Lee RemickKatherine Thorn
David WarnerJennings
Billie WhitelawMrs. Baylock
Harvey StephensDamien
Patrick TroughtonFather Brennan
Martin BensonFather Spiletto
Robert RiettyMonk
Tommy DugganPriest
John StrideThe Psychiatrist
Anthony NichollsDr. Becker
Holly PalanceNanny
Roy BoydReporter
Freda DowieNun
Sheila RaynorMrs. Horton
Robert MacLeodHorton
Bruce BoaThorn's Aide
Don FellowsThorn's Second Aide
Patrick McAlinneyPhotographer
Dawn PerllmanChambermaid
Nancy MannighamNurse (as Nancy Manningham)
Miki IveriaFirst Nun
Betty McDowallAmerican Secretary
Nicholas CampbellMarine
Burnell TuckerSecret Service Man

  • Genre: Horror Movies
  • Director: Richard Donner
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 111 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 25, 1976
    JapanOct 16, 1976
    AustraliaDec 23, 1976
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaOct 7, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 5, 2000
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