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Omen, The (1976)

Coming out of the vogue for theological shockers in the wake of The Exorcist (1973), The Omen arguably threatened to beat it at its own game.

In this tale of a couple – Robert (Gregory Peck) and Katherine Thorn (Lee Remick) – who begin to discover that their adopted son, Damien (Harvey Stephens), is in fact, Satan junior, the gore and shocks come fast. But it’s the growing sense of menace played against the seeming innocence of the young boy that really makes this one disturbing.

The sequels were a great example of diminishing returns, but The Omen is a brilliantly constructed and truly terrifying movie.

Seeing lots of British character actors bite the dust in a dizzyingly bizarre fashion is worth the price alone.

Robert Thorn
Gregory Peck
Katherine Thorn
Lee Remick
David Warner
Mrs Baylock
Billie Whitelaw
Harvey Stephens
Father Brennan
Patrick Troughton
Father Spiletto
Martin Benson
Dr Becker
Anthony Nicholl
Mrs Horton
Sheila Raynor
Robert Rietty
Tommy Duggan
John Stride s
Holly Palance

Richard Donner