Robert Thorn and his wife Kathy are stationed in Rome for Robert’s diplomatic duties when Kathy goes into labor. Shortly after Kathy gives birth to a young boy it is revealed to Robert that his son has passed away. The hospital chaplain Father Spiletto convinces Robert to take a baby boy whose mother just died during childbirth and raise it as his own without his wife’s knowledge. When Robert brings back the child, Kathy and Robert choose to name him Damien. The story continues five years later when Robert, now the Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and his family begin to be terrorized by unfortunate events. The misfortune builds until in a now iconic scene, The Thorn’s nanny chooses to publicly hang herself during Damien’s fifth birthday party. The nanny position is quickly filled by a new nanny named Mrs. Baylock, while Robert continues to notice oddities surrounding Damien when he refuses to enter the church, and animals at the local wildlife park are terrified of his presence. A local priest Father Brennan warns Robert about Damien and his origins, hinting he may not be human and that his Wife Kathy, and their unborn child are in danger of Damien. This realization of prophecy drives Robert to pursue the truth in this terror-soaked classic that shocked the nation.
Following in line with the previous success of films like Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, The Omen would carve its way into cinematic history using a unique horror perspective based on the Christian fears of the end times. Using the prophetic book of Revelations as the backdrop The Omen succeeded in captivating audiences going on to become the sixth-highest-grossing movie of 1976. The now classic film would see its success followed by three sequels: Damien: Omen II, Omen III: The Final Conflict, and Omen IV: The Awakening as well as a remake of the original The Omen title in 2006.
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