• The Omen (1976)

The Omen

Release Date: 1976

DVD Release Date: September 5th, 2000

R |1 hr 51 min

Plot Summary

American diplomat Robert (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) when his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), delivers a stillborn child. After Damien's first nanny hangs herself, Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton) warns Robert that Damien will kill Katherine's unborn child. Shortly thereafter, Brennan dies and Katherine miscarries when Damien pushes her off a balcony. As more people around Damien die, Robert investigates Damien's background and realizes his adopted son may be the Antichrist.

Cast: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, Leo McKern, Harvey Stephens, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson

Director: Richard Donner

Genres: Horror

Production Co: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Wife, 1970s, England, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Telegraph

    Much scarier than fellow possessed child flick The Exorcist, which predated it by three years, The Omen contains some of the most memorable untimely deaths in cinema history. show more

  • 50
    Eric HendersonSlant Magazine

    A bald-faced lamprey hitching its razor-tipped maw on the chassis of The Exorcist, The Omen’s Sunday-school parable of gothic Cathsploitation comes twice as thick and thrice as pious. show more

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The Omen takes all of this terribly seriously, as befits the genre that gave us Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist. What Jesus was to the 1950s movie epic, the devil is to the 1970s, and so all of this material is approached with the greatest solemnity, not only in the performances but also in the photography, the music and the very looks on people's faces. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies

The Exorcist
The Exorcist

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual events. When young Regan (Linda Blair) starts acting odd -- levitating, speaking in tongues -- h...

Stream Online
Orphan
Orphan

Devastated by the loss of their unborn baby, Kate (Vera Farmiga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to adopt a child. At the orphanage, both feel drawn to a little girl (Isabelle Fuhrman) named Esther,...

Stream Online
The Bad Seed
The Bad Seed

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark (William Hopper) and his wife, Christine (Nancy Kelly), dote on their pig-tailed daughter, Rhoda (Patty McCormack) -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove...

Stream Online

Awards

Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1977)
Nominated Music (Original Song)
Winner Music (Original Score)