When it comes to The Omen
, you can almost guarantee there will be something about the film you will like. It's a film which plays on multiple aspects/events in life that most people, initially, see as a positive event but can quickly turn into a nightmare. (If you're given a shitty hand, in the preverbal card game known as life, that is.)
"But what aspects/events are you referring to J.P.?", you might ask. Well, my horrific friends, let me explain...
(If you have not already, please read the plot outline at the top of the page before continuing)
- I realize that adoption is not exactly what were dealing with in The Omen
, but the overall concept is still very real through the eyes of Robert Thorn, the father who deceives his wife by exchanging their dead baby with a recently orphaned one. Yes, he was doing it to protect her from the grief, but after realizing what he's "adopted" into the family, I bet he wished he would've told her the truth.
Adoption is always a gamble. Couples who choose this path of acquiring a family always run the risk of getting more than they bargained for. Or course, this is also true if you have your own children but the simple fact that you have little (or no) information on the child's past while adopting can blow up in your face in the long run.
For example, what if the child you adopt was set on the front steps of a hospital and abandoned? Would the authorities know anything about the mother or the full situation of why she abandoned her child? Usually not. So what's to say the mother hadn't been using drugs? Or that she wasn't drunk the majority of the pregnancy? Or course, much of the time the child will be deformed in some way or the signs will be apparent. But what if the mother (or father) had serious mental issues? Diseases that are inherited but do not show their true destruction for many years? These are all fears that adopting couples must confront during their decision.
Would you have wished you would've made a different decision after your adopted child becomes a teenager and the true colors begin to show? I would be pissed if my adopted child turned out to have a severe alcohol issue because of Mom and Pops, have alcohol fetal syndrome, becomes a ritalin child attempting to burn down your house every night and wearing Moms high-heels to step on kittens heads. Starting to understand how Robert Thorn must have felt?
- Robert Thorn and his wife, Katherine, had a more urgent and unique issue with their son, Damien. Apparently, he's the son of the Antichrist. The spawn of Satan that plans to kill his mother and her fetus to ensure his inheritance as the Ambassador to Great Britain. After acquiring this political power he will use it to spark the beginning of the end for humanity.
Sounds far fetched, but you'd be surprised at the amazing amount of religious fanatics out there who have dedicated their lives to ensuring the end of the world. They feel the purification of the human race can only happen through armageddon. Sounds sane, eh? Think this only happens in far away countries, eh? Wrong. These fuckin' crazies are everywhere
. Your neighbor is probably drawing up plans for a super-sized lazar that will cause the sun to explode, causing the earth to burn as it would in the fires of Hell. Well, maybe not, but there are far more of these people than most people think. Believe me.
I, myself, do not believe in these superstitions. So the plot for The Omen
is not as effective on me. It targets people who have strong religious beliefs. Take The Exorcist
for example. People lost their fucking minds after seeing that film! Convinced that occurrences like what happened to young Regan MacNeil could actually happen to someone, or more frighteningly, to themselves. So films like The Omen
and The Exorcist
effect me more in a way that a zombie film effects most people. It's a fun concept and has the ability to scare, but it's obviously not going to happen so the effects of the fright last for a shorter period of time.
Lets take a look at the number that pops up throughout the film, 666. We all know that this is supposed to be the sign of the Devil. Actually, it's not the triple sixes that is the sign of the devil, it's just the single number six. The three sixes joined together signifies the diabolical trinity. The Devil, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. (On the Christianity side - The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost) Apparently, for everything that is holy there is something unholy and this is what causes the essence of temptation.
Ok. Well, many Bibles contradict the popular belief of the triple sixes. Bibles have been transcribed and rewritten into so many different languages, religions and sub-religions that the original writings have been drastically modified. Follow the holy scripture, will you? Well, they're not the original words so the meaning of the passages have changed. Therefore, one Catholic Bible will have the passage of the triple sixes (or a version of it) and one will not.
"Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."
These are the two main fears that the filmmakers are picking on. There are others, but not nearly as apperant as these two.
is a good watch if you're religious or not. The acting is 100% and the storyline is well put together. Don't expect fast-paced action though. The Omen
does tend to seem slow at times.
A necessity for all serious horror collections.