The Omen

When a child has the power to control others’ minds – getting them to commit murder or suicide, for example – a hopeful parent would think they could channel it towards something positive (say, admission to an Ivy League school); otherwise, it is difficult to understand how the popularity of the baby name Damien more than doubled in the three years following the release of The Omen. One of the top five box office hits of 1976, this Antichrist-in-a-cradle film spawned some sequels that weren’t so much evil as bad.

Director: Richard Donner

Screenplay by: David Seltzer

Starring: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Billie Whitelaw, David Warner, Leo McKern

Major nominations on original release : None

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