13 Facts About The Omen


The Omen is a 1976 supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner and written by David Seltzer.

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The Omen tells Robert that Damien is the son of Satan, that Kathy is pregnant, and that he will kill his unborn sibling and parents unless he dies.

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The Omen accompanies Robert to Rome to investigate Damien's birth.

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The Omen directs them to the cemetery where Damien's biological mother is buried.

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The Omen was at first displeased with the props and effects for making the death scenes but was relieved to find how restrained and non-exploitative they were in the final film.

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American scholar Brad Duren argued that The Omen was part of a trend of films featuring cosmic horror that started with Rosemary's Baby in 1968, but the film was unusual at the time because it concerned the "end times" predicted in The Book of Revelation and used the ideology of premillennial dispensationalism favored by American fundamentalist Protestants.

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Duren further maintained that the box office success of The Omen, which concerned the first stages of the Apocalypse as the Antichrist is born, reflected the zeitgeist of 1970s America.

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The "daggers of Megiddo", which are the only things that can kill the Antichrist in The Omen, are not mentioned in the Book of Revelation, which states that only Christ can kill the Antichrist.

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In 1978, two years after its release, The Omen was included in Michael Medved and Harry Dreyfuss's book The Fifty Worst Films of All Time.

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The site's consensus reads: "The Omen eschews an excess of gore in favor of ramping up the suspense—and creates an enduring, dread-soaked horror classic along the way".

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The Omen was ranked number 81 on the American Film Institute's 100 Years.

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The Omen was released on VHS by 20th Century Fox Home Video in 1980.

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Novelization of The Omen was written by screenwriter David Seltzer and released two weeks before the film.

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