Written by Greg Wright. Media by Paul Anderson.
All children are not born innocent; some are destined to be bad. 1976’s The Omen tells the story of the Thorn family whose only son turns out to be the Antichrist.
Richard Donner, the director of Superman, The Goonies, and the Lethal Weapon franchise, directed The Omen in 1976; it was his theatrical film debut. The Omen opened to critical acclaim and fan praise. It made Donner a respectable film director and up until this point he had only directed several television series. The Omen stars Gregory Peck as Robert Thorn, Lee Remick as Katherine Thorn, and Harvey Stephens as Damien Thorn.
Ambassador Robert Thorn, Gregory Peck, rushes to the hospital bedside of his pregnant wife, Katherine Thorn, only to be told by a priest that their unborn child died during childbirth. Mrs. Thorn has not been told of this tragedy. The priest tells Robert Thorn that they could adopt a child born at the same time as his child was dying. Robert agrees to do so, but doesn’t tell his wife. Life goes on merrily for the Thorn family until young Damien’s fifth birthday party comes along and the family nanny commits suicide in front of the family and party guests. One terrible accident leads to another and soon Katherine Thorn believes that Damien may be evil. Robert merely thinks she is suffering from delusions. One evening, while Katherine is watering plants on the second floor of the house, Damien “accidently” hits a chair that Katherine is standing on and makes her fall off the balcony. Mrs. Thorn survives, but the child inside her dies. Robert Thorn, with the help of a journalist, looks into the origins of Damien’s birth and soon discovers he may be the Antichrist. Damien’s evil nanny pays Mrs. Thorn a little visit and pushes her from the hospital window and Mrs. Thorn dies. Robert Thorn finally understands who Damien is and that he is the cause for the deaths of his friends and loved ones and that Damien must die. The movie ends eerily at a gravesite, which gives the audience something to think about.
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The Omen is a 70s classic suspense/horror movie that has its roots based in the apocalyptical book Revelations. The Omen weaves biblical scripture throughout the movie to move the plot along and to tie in the notion that we have no control over fate. Although the movie is a work of fiction, the Bible does foretell the coming of the Antichrist. The Omen builds suspense with its music, plot, and characters. Director Richard Donner makes the audience care for the characters and their plight and misadventures that plague them. What makes The Omen scary is that a family could end up like the Thorn family.
The Omen takes the main storyline of the birth and rise of the Antichrist from the book of Revelations. The movie makes the watcher want to look into the Bible and see what it actually says about the Antichrist. After the movie, people started to read and research the Bible more. The Omen just reinforces the notion that the birth of evil is inevitable. Could we do what Robert Thorn had to do, if the Antichrist turned out to be our child?