Kids can be darn right creepy in horror movies, and The Omen’s Damien Thorn character is no exception.
The 1976 film centers round the US Ambassador to Great Britain Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck), his wife Katherine (Lee Remick), and their son Damien. When Katharine unknowingly gives birth to a stillborn, her husband is persuaded by a hospital priest to switch the child with that of another mother who died during labor. As Damien grows, strange happenings and death surround him, not to mention a very creepy nanny. This leads his father to believe that the child may actually be the devil incarnate and that the choice he made years ago was a terrible mistake. With the help of a local photographer (David Warner) that also believes that things are amiss, the father seeks out a way to stop the reign of terror.
(Caution: the next paragraph contains spoilers for a 37 year old movie) The movie spun three sequels:
Damien II in which we meet a now 13 year old Damien living with his uncle (William Holden) and aunt in Chicago, Damien III that follows an adult Damien (Sam Neill) who is now a CEO and the new ambassador for Great Britain who is aiming for world domination, and the last of which—Damien IV which follows a young girl named Delia—that was a made for TV movie that I just learned about in writing this post.
I saw the 2006 remake and honestly don’t remember being overly thrilled with it, but I didn’t hate it either. But if you’re going to check out the storyline then the 1976 classic is the way to go.
The Omen is a film that doesn’t have to use gore to capture your attention. The eerie stares, the anticipation of what’s to come, and their preying on the idea of the perfect family, and the biblical predictions in Revelations that the evil one will come to earth, enable the film to hold up years after its release and still send a chill down your spine.