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Satan's son has arrived on Earth and He's not about to let human parents get in the way. When his wife Katherine's (Lee Remick) pregnancy ends in a stillbirth in a Rome hospital, U.S. diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) substitutes another baby, whose mother died. Little Damien (Harvey Stephens) thrives, but, at his fifth birthday party, his nanny mysteriously dies; Father Brennan (Patrick G. Troughton) also expires after warning Thorn that he has adopted Lucifer's son. While sinister new nanny Mrs. Baylock (Billie Whitelaw) assiduously protects Damien, Thorn's fears… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Richard Donner directs more for speed than mood, but there are a few good shocks."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A member of the Exorcist family, it is a dreadfully silly film, which is not to say that it is totally bad."
‑ Richard Eder, New York Times
"Entertaining and yes, still ominous after all these years. A landmark of satanic cinema."
‑ , Film4
"Silly and bloody, but at times very effective."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... a slick, polished, and professional thriller that combines an intriguing mystery with periodic eruptions of bloody violence ..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Richard Donner's direction is taut. Players all are strong."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"As long as movies like The Omen are merely scaring us, they're fun in a portentous sort of way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It was the performance of Harvey Stephens as the young Damien that invested the film with the chill of genuine credibility."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"Gory original Satanism saga; popular but plodding."
‑ Charles Cassady, Common Sense Media
"Goldsmith's score took the film to a level horror films generally never attained in the 1970s."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"This apocalyptic movie mostly avoids physical gore to boost its relatively unoriginal storyline with suspense, some excellent acting (especially from Warner and Whitelaw), and a very deft, incident-packed script."
‑ , Time Out
"Stands alone as a wonderful horror thriller."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"All references to prophecy and the Antichrist aside, The Omen achieves its horrors the old fashioned way."
‑ Bill Gibron, PopMatters
"...fares a whole lot better than its 2006 remake..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The fairly sedate pace and tone may be a bit dry for today's viewer, but by the film's disturbing climax and simple, superbly creepy final image, one appreciates how well it helped build the suspense."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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