The Omen (1976)

Mike Matei / October 15th, 2015


  • October 15, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Not going to lie, I didn’t expect you to review The Omen. I mean it makes a lot of sense for you to review this one. I just didn’t expect it. The Omen is pretty awesome. It is another movie that people want to call a thriller instead of a horror movie though.

    • October 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

      Well, calling “The Omen” a thriller is really a stretch.

    • chris jackso

      October 15, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      no duh there is a conspiracy of satanists behind the movie industry lol. ever heard of bohemian grove?

    • Strider Tien

      October 28, 2015 at 3:11 am

      This was a clear cut horror movie. I don’t know why people would have any gripe referring to it as such.

  • Erwinator

    October 15, 2015 at 3:34 am

    I heard that next to the Poultergeist, this film has a reputation to have a curse too.

  • October 15, 2015 at 3:36 am

    = )

  • October 15, 2015 at 3:58 am

    Such a classic. This would be in my top 10 of the horror films of all time. Plus, it has the scariest soundtrack ever made.

  • TigerNightmare

    October 15, 2015 at 4:12 am

    Wow, James’ grammar is all over the place in this one. Devil childs. Head decapitation.

    • Nadirion

      October 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Haha, I noticed “devil childs” too. I didn’t pick up on “head decapitation” though. Nice call!

  • Rennie Page

    October 15, 2015 at 4:17 am

    This movie is deeply disturbing and the score is unforgettable. The slow pace seems to haunt you and grab at your soul as if to say, welcome to hell mother fucker. But DUDE, You forgot to mention the best scene tho! The most chilling of all, with the black dog in the dark room man. Jesus Christ that was horrifying as a child and still to this day gives me an unsettling feeling.

  • 0skulock

    October 15, 2015 at 5:29 am

    Completely agree with James on this one. I always felt like most of these “possessed child” movies were extremely boring and, really, not so entertaining.

    By the way James/Mike, have you guys seen the new Kickstarter for the upcoming Friday The 13th videogame? Looks pretty amazing!

    • AbsoluteDeicide

      October 15, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Ha, I just posted the same thing. Yeah, it looks like it’s going to be great.

  • October 15, 2015 at 5:40 am

    we all know hollywood is the right hand of the devil, lets not dick around chucklefucks.

  • Daniel Fonseca

    October 15, 2015 at 7:32 am

    Review 28 days later

  • Kiskil-lilla

    October 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Sanguis Bibimus.Corpus Edimus. Tolle Corpus Satani! Ave!
    Great! Now that’s all there is in my head for the rest of the day! 😉
    The Omen really has a great soundtrack. When I was way younger and watched that movie secretly, I was really quite scared by the movie.

    Good review and great reminder of that movie 🙂

  • jake westbrook

    October 15, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I just saw this movie earlier this year. didn’t find it that scary, but it was a pretty good movie.

  • otto meyer III

    October 15, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Number 31 in THE FIFTY WORST MOVIES OF ALL TIME Book. But I love it and good to see old Patrick ( Doctor Who ) Troughton as the priest getting the point about Damien.

    • Don Skiver

      October 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      Haha yeah. Doctor Who took an iron rod to the chest and we got stuck with that stupid super spy third doctor.

  • GoldenTurtle

    October 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Glad to see Omen. But what about Eight Legged Freaks?

  • Mac Tonight

    October 15, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Never found this movie scary…at all. I mean I know it’s supposed to be scary but it has an air of cheese to it for me. Still better than the embarrassing remake, which took anything good about the original and crapped all over it.

  • Joker83

    October 15, 2015 at 8:50 am

    This is a great movie. Richard Donner is the man. I thought the novelization was really cool too (random)

  • AbsoluteDeicide

    October 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Yeah, I’m with you: Rosemary’s Baby, The Exorcist, The Omen… they’re all pretty boring if you don’t buy into the whole Christian religion thing. Not that all horror has to be “realistic” or anything, but they do rely on so much background knowledge and instilled fears they don’t do much for me.

    • AbsoluteDeicide

      October 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

      Also… no mention of the Friday the 13th: The Game Kickstarter? It looks amazing.

    • gattz

      October 15, 2015 at 9:54 am

      I’m not religious in any sense of the word and I still find these movies to be very good. The Exorcist especially is just unsettling whether or not you actually believe in “the devil” or whatever.

      • October 15, 2015 at 12:41 pm

        As far as I’m concerned “the Devil,” in the context of a movie, is a character in that movie. Whether “the Devil” is based on Christian doctrine or whatever is besides the point, since many horror movie villains are based to varying extents on a historical legend, mythology, or even undeniably real persons.

        For example, a horror movie portraying Jack the Ripper assumes that you take its version of Jack the Ripper to be the legitimate one for the purposes of the story, even though no one actually knows the real identity of Jack the Ripper.

      • AbsoluteDeicide

        October 15, 2015 at 2:16 pm

        @ Thomas

        Yes, and those movies usually do something to establish who that character is and why it’s horrifying. I may have misspoken because The Exorcist manages that really well (and it’s a great movie), but The Omen and Rosemary’s Baby are (as James points out in his review) more “thrillers”, where the payoff is “it’s the Antichrist!” without bothering to establish why that’s a frightening concept. If you shrug your shoulders at the concept of The Devil in real life it doesn’t fire any synapses when He’s used as a character in a horror film that just takes for granted you’re already scared of him.

    • Cilliandrew

      October 15, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Eh, especially in that era i think pretty much the entirety of North America was raised under the influence in some manner or other of christian doctrine. Whether you believe or not, this film operates under the assumption that you accept that in ITS universe there is a devil, and Damian is the sign of the end of days. I don’t understand why you can’t put aside your personal beliefs and ‘go with it.’

      • October 18, 2015 at 10:36 am

        I agree completely I am not Christian by any stretch and still find movies and stories about those things interesting. Even if you don’t believe in the bible and shit it makes for some pretty good fiction. When you see a movie like The Exorcist you just have to take it like you said, in the universe of the film these things exist so enjoy THAT story. Basically just like any horror movie lol I don’t believe in the demons from Hellraiser either but I love the film.

  • October 15, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Awesome review James and Mike! But no mention of the two sequels?? The reason why this movie feels like it’s a big setup is because it’s apart of a trilogy! I watched all three last year, and I enjoyed them, but the ending to the last movie was really poor in my opinion.

    • Mark Knight

      October 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      there is a part 4 as well.

      • matthew church

        October 20, 2015 at 9:44 pm

        that was more off a reboot though

  • CrushingC10996WM

    October 15, 2015 at 9:21 am

    The Academy Awards really love their Devil movies

  • Johan Öberg

    October 15, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Oh dear, that last line with surely be used as fodder for The Vigilant Christian, a youtuber who insists that hollywood and the entertainment system in general is run by satanic illuminati.

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      There are many , many people who say the same thing. Its not just one youtuber.

  • October 15, 2015 at 9:55 am

    That little bastard looks like Alex Delarge.

  • October 15, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Oh cool, I didn’t realize Patrick Troughton played the priest in this. Awesome. ^_^

  • October 15, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Gesú Cristo! I did not see this one coming 🙂 What next, The Wicker Man?

  • Cilliandrew

    October 15, 2015 at 10:44 am

    I think the reason they tell the story at the point that they do here can draw a parallel, oddly to why the machines in TERMINATOR try to kill John Connor when he is a kid, and before he is even born. The only time to really stop the Antichrist is when he is still a kid, and not quite aware of what he’s got going for him and what he’s capable of. As he matures if you try to go up against him YOU WILL LOSE. The story ends where it does because EVIL HAS WON and you can infer what comes next.

  • JayRam

    October 15, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Hey James, just in case you haven’t been told a hundred times over: something, something, something…Friday the 13th…kickstarter.

  • juggernautakira

    October 15, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Good. Back to real horror again.

  • Jackred89

    October 15, 2015 at 11:54 am

    I still haven’t fully seen this movie. I heard about it over the year & seen a few parodies of it.

  • SG43

    October 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Wasn’t much of a fan for The Omen. I’ll take The Exorcist any day of the week and especially twice on Sunday (ohhhhhh) over the Omen.

  • October 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Omen 3 – The Final Conflict was always my favorite of the series.

  • Roth Sothy

    October 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Interestingly, I was just watching an old episode of The X-Files (The Calusari episode), and the demonic child there reminded me of this movie, The Omen. I remember seeing The Omen (2006 remake) in theaters on June 6th, 2006 and got the one that played through 6:00pm. And they were playing the R.E.M song It’s The End Of The World (As We Know It) before the movie started. All the superstitious folks thought it would be the end of the world that day.
    The original looks to have some cool death scenes. I’ll have to take a look at it someday.

  • October 15, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    “Rosemary’s Baby” is a really disturbing film, I’d say also a dangerous one as it is really better not to show it to pregnant women.

    • October 15, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Also, surprisingly I haven’t seen “The Omen” yet, but I kind of want to because of Patrick Troughton of all people. He was a terrific actor.

      • October 15, 2015 at 1:50 pm

        Oh, and David Warner. Also a nice addition to just about anything.

  • October 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Also (heck, I’m probably annoying with all these comments) with such bodycount movie surprisingly seems like a slasher, predating “Final Destination” (quite a mediocre movie) which also had people killed in over-the-top sequences by supernatural forces.

  • October 15, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    The academy being biased is the understatement of the fricken’ century.

  • avgnfan370

    October 15, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Actually, The Omen has two sequels, Damien: Omen II (1978) and Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), though neither were received well.

    • fanboyfilms

      October 15, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      There was also Omen IV: The Awakening about Damien’s daughter.

  • GZilla2010

    October 15, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    I love this one. It’s in my top thirteen horror films.

  • Spottedfeather

    October 15, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Finally. You guys are talking about an actual Halloween-atosphere movie….

  • Smashole

    October 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Not putting this on Youtube?…
    FUCK YOU!!! Fuck you and your fucking half-assed video provider, showing FUCK ALL, AS ALWAYS!!! Take your fucking video provider with you, and shove it up your fucking asses!!!
    (Please note: the user wishes to have his/ her account deleted, and will continue to troll until then. Thank you.)

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      oh no what ever will we do???

      • Smashole

        October 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm

        We’ll fuck you’re girlfriend, if you’ve got one!

      • Smashole

        October 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm

        Or you could fuck your mom, if you’re still livin’ with her! AW, SNAP!

      • October 16, 2015 at 9:04 pm

        such epic come backs! You’re obviously smart too!

      • Smashole

        October 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

        Yep, smarter than you’ll ever be!
        I just LOVE how you actually admit to me being the smart one! HA!

      • Smashole

        October 18, 2015 at 1:11 pm

        And now that I’ve got you by the fucking balls, maybe it’s about time you cried back to your mama, and go suck her cock! AAAAAAAA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!

    • October 16, 2015 at 1:42 am

      It is incredibly pitiful and sad, that you are so immensely immature, and lack so much of an actual personal life that you legitimately think this kind of 6-year-old child tantrum which makes you look like a horribly stupid person, seems to be worth your time.

      You are a miserably worthless and exceptionally bored, unintelligent little person and you have all of my pity.

      • Smashole

        October 16, 2015 at 2:22 am

        Go fuck yourself, and stop obsessing over 6-year-old children, you fucking pedophile!
        By the way, practice your fucking GRAMMER, and go find a dick to suck!

  • horrorkesh

    October 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    movies like this never got to me, likely because i wasn’t raised religious, i laughed pretty hard watching the exorcist and coulnt help but make fun of the omen

  • Smashole

    October 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    And speaking of Youtube, the Robot Monster video, WHAT THE FUCK WAS THAT?!!! You’re really running out of shit, aren’t you? That was the most pathetic, useless and wasteful review I’ve ever seen!!! You guys should really be fucking ashamed of yourselves, for such a stupid and idiotic decision!
    FUCK YOU!!!

    • October 15, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      Jeez whats up your ass? That review was from like 5 years ago, calm the hell down.

      • Smashole

        October 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm

        Then why are we watching it like it’s NEW?! FUCK!!!

      • Smashole

        October 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm

        By the way, it seems YOU’RE the one who’s up my ass!
        Was I even fucking talking to you?!! Just fuck off.

    • October 16, 2015 at 1:45 am

      Grow up, little child. Is this really how pathetic you are, that this is how you waste and throw away your own life? Man, you will never move out of your mother’s basement, or so much as touch a woman, if pitifully trolling a patch of internet comments on a website is your idea of a well spent evening. Just… wow.

      • Smashole

        October 18, 2015 at 6:16 pm

        Why don’t you stop sucking your dad’s cock, and move on with your life?! I wasn’t even fucking talking to you, you fucking worthless sack of shit!!!

  • October 15, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    The Exorcist was funny to me compared to this movie. The former was so over the top, I would laugh at the scenes that horrified everyone else. The latter was a sobering look at the doom that awaits all life according to Revelations.

  • October 15, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    Goosebumps The Movie with Jack Black tomorrow in theaters

  • oscuro

    October 15, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Yeah this is a decent movie it had some cool memorable stuff just kind of lacked the action. I agree though the exorcist was one of the best movies ever made and way cooler.

  • M. Ryan

    October 15, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    James, ALL movies from the 70s were talky and longer… Even action films like Dirty Harry were.

  • October 16, 2015 at 1:02 am

    Hey James you should check out a movie called “The Babadook”

  • Sweetdeath

    October 16, 2015 at 1:20 am

    What did you think of the Omen remake, James? I think it went by a little faster. I still like the original though, even though it was slow paced.

  • October 16, 2015 at 2:44 am

    omg it’s Doctor Who XD that’s beautiful <3

  • Daniel Schreib

    October 16, 2015 at 3:30 am

    What a piece of shit!!! 😀

  • Daniel Schreib

    October 16, 2015 at 3:31 am

    James you nailed it with that last line in the video. You’re a smart guy and I assume you know a lot of the movie industry is totally biased towards Satanism. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg saying that.

  • Christopher Nourigat

    October 16, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Would you guys ever consider taking the time and doing reviews on a couple of current horror tv shows/series next year? Hannibal,
    The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, Penny Dreadful, The Strain, Bates Motel, Supernatural, iZombie etc.

  • gluserty

    October 16, 2015 at 5:50 am

    A classic for sure.

  • The Wicker Man

    October 16, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I thought for a moment you weren’t going to mention the music which really helps the atmosphere of this movie, so i’m glad you touched on it at the end.
    Also, Mythbusters tested a myth about a pane of glass decapitating someone and it is possible so it’s not as far fetched as you may think.

  • October 16, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    It is indeed a great soundtrack. Movies are getting less and less catchy ones… Just amelodic generic ones.

    And awards are generally bullshit. Oscars and all, it’s all bs.

  • meinerHeld

    October 17, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Satan is real, James.

  • October 18, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Great review as always. And I agree when you said there’s a kind of obsession with devil movies in the media. There’s a shit ton of possession movies coming out every year.

    And yeah Rosemary’s Baby fucking sucks.

  • TagaZok

    October 18, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    See the original before the remake !”

    • EverSinceMyExorcism

      October 21, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      Thank you for mentioning the musical score. The metal avant-garde supergroup Fantomas does a fantastic version of the main theme. Check it out if you haven’t heard it.

  • low_tone1

    October 21, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    The Omen II was one of the better horror movie sequels to come out as well. I twas certainly a damn site better than The Exorcist II.

  • October 22, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    I’m alright with your take on the omen, but extremely disappointed you casually threw in Rosemary’s Baby as well and wrote it off. While I like the omen, Rpsemary’s Baby is a masterpiece. Would’ve thought as a film nerd you could’ve gotten behind the amazing visuals and soundtrack.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 31, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Very cool review. I didn’t see this one, though I did see The Exorcist. I may have to check it out.

  • MASF Reload

    November 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    There was also a remake for it. Not sure what you think of it though.

  • November 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    You mentioned that Richard Donner, the film’s director, was known for Superman and Lethal Weapon. You forgot The Goonies.

  • October 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    If you liked the Omen, you should play Lucis – bad game – but funny as shit

  • October 5, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Btw. wasn’t the same theme used in FF VIII for the evil witch?

  • Sean Pultz

    September 22, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    The thing about The Omen is that it’s a film that can be interpreted two different way. If you have a strong religious belief then you can accept that Damien is the son of Satan, if not you could accept them as a series of unfortunate coincidences. Everything that happens in it has a plausible explanation. That’s what makes the film so good apart from Jerry Goldsmith’s score.

  • Jacob Boeve

    October 3, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I only read and watched The Omen this year. I really liked both and I have to say, the movie followed the book quite well

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