#TBT #HorrorMovie #Review – The Omen (franchise)

Who can say no to Damien? I know I can’t. The Omen, the original from 1976, is one of my favorite horror movies. Everything about is well done and not too over the top; nothing is perfect. I remember seeing it as a kid and was freaked out more about the dogs than anything. Seeing it now, the dogs still freak me out to an extent, but they are just doing their job of protecting the Anti-Christ.

I like how the effects are simplistic, which gives an extra layer of creepiness. The soundtrack adds to the scenes like it should, unlike other movies that I’ve talked about, where it’s like an uninvited guest at Christmas, making the viewer uncomfortable for the wrong reasons. I love the cast in this, I’m very impressed with the classic names.

Harvey Spencer Stephens scenes were minimal with his creepy expressions and actions. Him running circles in the nursery on his tricycle is frantic and fun and strange with Mrs. Baylock watching; her expressions are comical at times, but consistent in every scene.

When looking for a great horror movie, and you come across The Omen (not the remake), watch it, you won’t be disappointed.

I give The Omen 5 out of 5 Stars.

Damien: Omen II (1978) starts out with a very similar scene to The Exorcist, then quickly moves to Damien in military school after the two men are buried alive. Crows replace the dogs in this installment, watching the ones against Damien, and killing them with their stares, well except the woman they chased, pecking out her eyes, then she stumbles onto the road to be hit by a truck.

While the cast is filled with stars, this movie doesn’t hold my attention like the first did. The beginning is “oh hum” making me wish they’d hurry up and get to it. Damien is a spoiled kid, oddly since he’s in military school, with quite the attitude and strange accent. He can look at people and suddenly they are writhing on the floor; I wish I had that gift. His cousin Mark is a bit of an awkward kid and doesn’t seem comfortable being a Thorn.

Somehow Damien doesn’t know how things happen or how he knows things, and definitely not who he is. When he learns this information he is surprised and not happy. I thought he’d be delighted with the way he acts. The freak accident in the lab was strange for me. I wasn’t really sure of the point, but it was entertaining, especially when they discover Damien wasn’t harmed at all. I kept looking for the crows during this, but couldn’t find them, they must have been on the building ledge looking in the windows.

The moment everyone starts realizing who Damien is, is when the movie gets good, but that’s almost the end. The build up to the climax, if there was one, was minimally exciting, but the surprise ending was excellent.

The second installment of The Omen is good, but still not as awesome as the first. I give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

Birth is pain. Death is pain. Beauty is pain. – Damien

A dagger is found in some rubble and stolen by a worker, then it’s sold at auction in a set, purchased by priest. Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981) starts out very similarly to Omen II, but it doesn’t stay that way. It’s like a weird tale of cat and mouse.

This is the most bizarre movie in the original three. An example of this is when the current Ambassador walks through park, and Rottweiler finds him, staring at him and growling. Then the man turns around and goes into the building in a trance-like state. What he does next was unexpected.

The movie has a lot of boring scenes, which I guess were needed to tell the story. I find it interesting the way they creator’s of this movie interrupted the Holy Bible’s prophesies, and they missed a very important piece. Though if they’d used it, the movie would’ve had trouble standing more than it did. The cast wasn’t as good as the previous two.

Don’t get me wrong, I did like the movie, even with all its flaws, and give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.

I don’t know why they didn’t just leave it alone, but I guess they figured they could squeeze some out some more money when they decided to make Omen IV: The Awakening (1991); come on, Damien is dead, it’s just not the same.

I guess the Anti-Christ could be a female, I’ve never thought of the topic like that before, but I have an open mind, so hopefully this movie won’t suck; I know it was a made for TV movie, not all of them are bad. So putting all my studies and preconceived notions aside, I start the movie.

I’ve seen parts of this movie before, the ladder scene specifically, and had no idea what it was, never thinking Delia was the Anti-Christ, just a mean girl. The nanny Delia’s parents hired gets it into her head the Delia is evil and tries to heal her, when what the girl needs is a good spanking.

This movie has some interesting and fun parts, but for the most part it was an absolute waste of time. Come on, a spontaneous eclipse. Really? It was like they tried to remake the original, and came up short so just threw a bunch of random things together. My recommendation for this movie, is that if you see in the guide or streaming list, keep on going.

I give it 2 out of 5 Stars.

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