The Omen
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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
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,
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