The Omen (1976)

Genres - Horror  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Horror  |   Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Eschewing the less-is-more approach of Rosemary's Baby (1968), in The Omen, director Richard Donner matched the ancient conflict between Good and Satan with spectacularly "medieval" deaths by hanging, impalement, and decapitation. As in such other '70s Satanism horror as The Exorcist (1973), The Omen locates the ultimate evil in an "innocent" minor, creating a parent's worst nightmare: a child who will inevitably annihilate the world. With its familial and global anxieties, stylish production values, and major stars, The Omen became one of the most popular movies of 1976 (and the first horror film to win an Oscar for Best Score). While considered by some an exercise in Hollywood slickness, The Omen refuses to be comforting -- as may be expected from the first part of a trilogy that concluded with The Final Conflict (1981).