The Greatest Horror Movie Moments!
by: Dr. Boogie

The Omen

First off, when I say "The Omen", I'm not referring to the godawful 2006 remake. I'm referring to the original 1976 film, which reportedly went by the working title, "The Adventures of the Antichrist and the World's Most Oblivious Parents." In the film, Gregory Peck plays Robert Thorn, an ambassador who learns that the son he secretly adopted after his biological son died at birth is the antichrist. At least, that's ostensibly what the movie is about.

As you watch, however, you'll realize that the real story is that Robert and his wife are the dumbest couple on the face of the earth. Whenever something ominous happens with their son, Damien, they quickly write it off as nothing at all. They think nothing of him having a psychotic episode on the way to church, and they certainly have nothing to say about the swell of choir music that kicks in whenever their son is about. Neither do they have any qualms with hiring a mysterious and transparently-evil woman to serve as Damien's nanny. The message of the film is quite simple: bad parenting equals Armageddon.

There are a few really memorable moments in the film, including one in which a woman is severely injured after falling almost seven feet, but for my money, the best involves horror icon and all-around intimidating British person, David Warner.

David Warner is the Little Dutch Boy!

Warner plays a photographer named Keith Jennings. After yet another acquaintance of Robert's dies mysteriously, Jennings starts to put the pieces together. In fact, he does pretty much all the investigation, stopping just long enough to explain the situation to the perpetually slow-witted Robert. Why is he doing all this? In the course of photographing several people around Robert, Jennings noticed that strange marks were appearing on the film near those people who died. And the most recent marked person has Jennings a little worried:

If we don't stop Damien, no one will buy my pictures again!

Now Jennings has a personal stake in figuring out just how much of an antichrist Damien really is.

He and Robert set out on a globetrotting trek to discover the truth. The search eventually leads them to a man in Megiddo who knows exactly how to deal with Damien: with a bundle of knives.

Dealing with problem children in Israel is much different than in America.

It has taken a long, long time for Robert to fully grasp that his son is indeed the antichrist. It took the deaths of several people he knew to convince him, but he finally comes around to the idea. When he learns that he must kill the boy himself by stabbing him seven times, though, it's back to square one. In spite of the absolutely overwhelming evidence, Robert is still not convinced that Damien really is the worst kid ever. He chucks his collection of antichrist killing knives away. Jennings is much more aware of the stakes, and so he goes to collect the knives.

Did I set the parking brake? Yeah, I totally did.

Uphill from where Jennings is gathering the knives is a truck. The driver hops out and puts the parking brake on, but you know how unreliable those Jerusalem-made cars are.

He's distracted thinking about the really narrow streets.

The truck starts rolling downhill and ironically, Keith is so absorbed in thinking about how to prevent his own death that he doesn't notice the truck speeding toward him. Luckily, the truck hits a small embankment and stops just short of running him over. Unfortunately, the company that made that faulty parking brake was also the same company that made the clamps holding the plate of glass in the truck bed.

Do whatever you want to the body, but don't touch that hair!

'Hey, look at that weird mirror.'

You see, folks, this is why you are required by law to turn your wheels away from the curb when you park uphill!

Anyway, seeing his friend get decapitated is the last straw. Robert gathers up the knives and heads back to London to finally put this whole antichrist thing to rest. Does he succeed? Well, let me put it this way: there were three sequels to the original Omen, and they don't feature a new antichrist each time.

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Breathes Comics
Oct 13th, 2010, 08:24 AM
I've never seen the original. Unfortunately, I did see the crappy 2006 remake.

It really wasn't worth it.
Commarade General
Oct 13th, 2010, 01:16 PM
I recently saw this with my brother on HBO. It is a good movie, albeit kind of slow for today's standards.

But the best scene -for me anyway- is when the nanny hangs herself, with a gleeful smile and yelling "It's all for you!"... in Damien's birthday party!


P.S.: This movie was ultramegahyperbanned in Mexico on its release. My dad originally saw it in a midnight showing in a underground cinema in Mexico City's Colonia Roma that specialized in showing ultramegahyperbanned movies like this.
hanging out
Oct 13th, 2010, 03:21 PM
Since I was raised evangelical I've always wondered if this happened in real life would thier reaction be..."Confirmed sighting of anti-christ? He's how old? T-minus 30 years to The Rapture, folks!"
Presidential Procurer
Oct 13th, 2010, 05:45 PM
Well that certainly was a pane. A WINDOW PANE, that is. Nyuk nyuk.
Oct 13th, 2010, 07:04 PM
Greatest decap ever!
Forum Virgin
Oct 14th, 2010, 03:35 AM
That pun could have been so much better.

"A real PANE in the neck!"
Oct 14th, 2010, 02:46 PM
I need to see this movie since so many ape it's style.
Space Cowboy
Oct 14th, 2010, 05:48 PM
This is the only scene I remember having seen after watching it once as a small child, but I could never remember what film it was from.
I hate this hacker crap!
Oct 14th, 2010, 06:16 PM
For some reason this scene didn't pop to mind when i noted the movie. I thought it'd be the impalement.
But looking back, I think I remember in some making of feature, or perhaps a scariest horror movie feature, that the actor says this scene still gives him chills.
4 Eyes, No Brain.
Oct 15th, 2010, 04:07 PM
The way the body is thrown back and the head spins in the air is just brutal. I hate the remake though.
Oct 15th, 2010, 06:31 PM
So.. He didn't succeed?
The Wolf
Oct 18th, 2010, 07:34 PM
Good work, Boogs. I love that series. If you were to do one for part 2, there's probably no better candidate than the elevator death.
Im one good looking Troll
Sep 19th, 2011, 12:42 AM
Thanks Boogs for the reminder on telling me to park the wheels away from the uphill curb or an accident will occur

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