The Omen (film series)


D: Richard Donner
20th Century Fox (Harvey Bernhard)
US 1976
111 mins
W: David Seltzer
DP: Gil Taylor
Ed: Stuart Baird
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith
Gregory Peck (Robert Thorn), Lee Remick (Katherine Thorn), David Warner (Keith Jennings), Billie Whitelaw (Mrs. Baylock), Harvey Stephens (Damien Thorn)
The Omen is doubtlessly one of the most iconic horror movies of the 1970’s, if not all time, launching the career of director Richard Donner and kickstarting a series of films, none of which quite matched up to the original.

A British politician and his wife adopt a child who shows signs of diabolical motivations and later emerges to be the antichrist.

One of the reasons it has become such an iconic film of its genre has to be due to Jerry Goldsmith's sinister use of music, utilising a Latin chorus to give a sense of otherworldly dread (the legendary composer was rewarded with his only Oscar for his music on this film). The performances are also top notch, particularly from Gregory Peck & Lee Remick as the husband and wife who are redundant from stopping the evil power of a small child.

The final shot still remains one of the creepiest images dedicated to film.

Sequels, Damien: Omen II and The Final Conflict followed in 1978 and 1981, respectively, as well as a terrible TV movie (Omen IV) in 1991, featuring a female antichrist.


Harvey Stephens in The Omen
Harvey Stephens in The Omen

D: Don Taylor
20th Century Fox (Harvey Bernhard)
US 1978
109 mins


W: Stanley Mann & Michael Hodges [based on characters created by David Seltzer]
DP: Bill Butler
Ed: Robert Brown
Mus: Jerry Goldsmith

William Holden (Richard Thorn), Lee Grant (Ann Thorn), Jonathan Scott-Taylor (Damien Thorn), Robert Foxworth (Paul Buher), Lew Ayres (Bill Atherton), Sylvia Sidney (Aunt Marion)

Damien, the minion of the antichrist, returns in this sequel to the 1976 horror The Omen as a teenager and evil occurrences and murders affect his foster family.
It's a rare horror sequel which does justice to the original movie, but doesn't quite better it, and some of the more memorable moments are incredibly well executed.

Damien: The Omen II
Damien: The Omen II

Review Coming Soon

Review coming soon


D: John Moore
20th Century Fox (Glenn Williamson & John Moore)
US 2006
110 mins
W: David Seltzer
DP: Jonathan Sela
Ed: Dan Zimmerman
Mus: Marco Beltrami

Julia Stiles (Katherine Thorn), Liev Schreiber (Robert Thorn), Mia Farrow (Mrs. Baylock), David Thewlis (Keith Jennings), Pete Posthelthwaite (Father Brennan), Michael Gambon (Bugenhagen), Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick (Damien Thorn)

Miscast, boring and needless remake of the 1976 movie which uses the same script but manages to lose all the tension, thrills and sense of foreboding dread.

It seems it was only made to coincide with the release date of 06/06/06.

One wonders how much intelligence it took for a Hollywood executive to think up that slice of 'absolute genius'. 🙄

Skip this version, watch the original.


The Omen (2006)
The Omen (2006)