Quick Review: The Omen (1976)

Released: June 25, 1976Director: Richard DonnerStars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey StephensRuntime: 111 min.

Robert and Katherine Thorn have it all, and he’s the US Ambassador to Great Britain, when their own child isn’t well, a priest approaches Robert with an idea of getting a healthy newborn whose mother had just died in childbirth. After they relocate to London, strange events – and ominous warnings of a priest – lead him to believe that his son is the face of evil.

The Omen isn’t all that scary today, but it definitely was scarier when it was released. The idea that your son may be a little evil, admittedly, is a pretty scary one. And the fact that Robert really doesn’t know who the child actually is, or the history behind him, makes it even more eerie.

It isn’t as scary as everyone seems to say it is, but the Evil Servant Nanny can be pretty creepy and a little off her rocker. The score makes it for an effective film atmosphere, and definitely does amp up the suspense. For me, there wasn’t a lot of terrifying moments, but it can get pretty intense.

The pacing isn’t great because it’s a little slow, but it eventually escalates to an okay ending. This one’s quite anti-climactic, but as are two of the other Omen flicks.

Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, and Patrick Troughton star.

The Omen offers a pretty solid atmosphere with a nice concept and great score, but it doesn’t have great pacing and has the tendency to get a little boring. It’s the first and best one of the series, really the only really good one, that started up a horror series that was practically the same premise four times. Does that remind you of Paranormal Activity?

Score: 75/100

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