*The Omen SPOILERS*
Rome, June 6, 6:00 AM: American Ambassador Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck), after finding out that his wife Kathy (Lee Remick) gave birth to a stillborn child and doesn't know it, accepts to adopt an orphan newborn boy, whose mother died while giving birth to him.
Everything goes well, until the boy, who has been called Damien (Harvey Stephens)'s fifth birthday party, when Damien's nanny (Holly Palance) joyfully hangs herself in front of all the children there.
From then on, things begin to get weirder and more dangerous as more accidents happen around Damien, and a photographer, Keith Jennings (David Warner) finds out that the photos he took of the people who died have clues on it as to how the pictured person will die (e.g. a diagonal line extending from the nanny's neck in a photo where she is tending to Damien).
Keith and Robert, who has also noticed the weirdnesses happening, investigate about Damien's real mother and find out a shocking truth, one that the new babysitter Mrs. Baylock (Billie Whitelaw) is part of...
'The Omen', in my opinion, is one of the best satanic horror movies of all time; the actors are all in part, the script works perfectly, the music is scary as hell and the direction is top-notch, and it still holds up today, unlike 'The Exorcist' which looks pretty dated and has also lost its edge of terror.
It's the first of a well-thought out trilogy, even if the second and third movies are pretty weak, and has had an unnecessary third sequel (Omen IV).
As it's custom nowadays, this classic too has unnecessarily been remade, but there is no way it's superior or even as good as this classic.
The Omen: 9/10.
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