A politician learns that the child he is raising may be the Antichrist.
The Omen (1976)
Directed by Richard Donner
Written by David Seltzer
Starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens,
David Warner, Patrick Troughton, Billie Whitelaw, Martin Benson
Oscar Wins - Best Original Score (Jerry Goldsmith)
Oscar Nominations - Best Original Song (Ave Satani)
The Omen is one of the creepiest movies ever made. And you never really see anything. It's all in the implications and the, dare I say it, omens. For me, this movie surpasses The Exorcist as the definitive biblical horror movie, simply because it's so smart in its execution and once shit gets going, it doesn't ever stop. With an incredible cast and a chilling score, The Omen stands the test of time and remains an eerie watch.
Gregory Peck plays Robert Thorn, an American ambassador whose child dies at birth. To spare his wife pain, he and a priest decide to pass a motherless child off as their own, and when the child is five, Robert is approached by Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton), who tells him that his son Damien is the Antichrist. Of course, Robert doesn't believe it at first, but after mysterious deaths begin to happen and the signs become impossible to ignore, Robert and photographer Keith Jennings (David Warner) embark on a journey to learn where Damien really came from. It's such an interesting story and a frighteningly realistic depiction of the rise of the Antichrist. Stories like this make me think he may already be out there. But how would we know?
Three sequels, a remake, and a failed TV show all came out of this horror classic, but nothing ever came close to matching the original in quality or sheer terror. If you like subtlety, unnerving imagery, and intelligent storytelling, look no further. The Omen has all of these in spades and remains one of my absolute horror favorites.