June 6, 1976 – In UK cinemas: The Omen

“YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. IF SOMETHING FRIGHTENING HAPPENS TO YOU TODAY, THINK ABOUT IT. IT MAY BE THE OMEN

The_Omen-1976The Omen is an American-British supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner, and written by David Seltzer. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson, and Leo McKern. The first installment of The Omen franchise, The Omen concerns a young child substituted at birth by American Ambassador Robert Thorn unbeknownst to his wife, after their own son is stillborn. They are surrounded by mysterious and ominous deaths, unaware that the child, Damien, is the Antichrist.

Released theatrically by 20th Century Fox, The Omen received acclaim from critics and was a commercial success, grossing over $60 million at the box office and becoming one of the highest-grossingCinema-UK-06-06-1976 films of 1976. The film earned two Academy Award nominations, and won for Best Original Score for Jerry Goldsmith, his only Oscar win. A scene from the film appeared at #16 on Bravo’s The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. The film spawned a franchise, starting with Damien: Omen II, released two years later. [Wikipedia]

Watch the trailer on the 20th Century Fox YouTube Channel.

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