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Film / Omen III: The Final Conflict

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Evil comes of age.

A sequel to The Omen, released in 1981. Also known as simply The Final Conflict.

The Antichrist Damien Thorn (played by Sam Neill) is now an adult who tries to use his position as an influential politician to bring about Armageddon, while preventing the Second Coming of Christ, the only one who can stop him.

This film has examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Damien uses his powers to convince Brother Paulo and Brother Martin that Brother Matteus is him, and they promptly assassinate Matteus.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Damien Thorn, when he found out about the birth of the Christ child, resorted to Kill 'Em All.
    • Damien brainwashing Kate's son Peter into becoming his apostle. Kate is understandably horrified at how her son is being groomed by the son of the Devil.
  • Buried Alive: Brother Paulo and Brother Martin are left trapped in an area they fled into while trying to escape the Hellhound. It's unclear if they survived or not (the whole is covered up instead of being filled in) but Damien takes advantage of the moment to take their daggers and leave them struggling to get out.
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  • Card-Carrying Villain: Damien.
    Damien: Oh my Father, Lord of Silence, Supreme God of Desolation, though mankind reviles yet aches to embrace, strengthen my purpose to save the world from a second ordeal of Jesus Christ and his grubby mundane creed. Show man instead the raptures of Thy kingdom. Infuse in him the grandeur of melancholy, the divinity of loneliness, the purity of evil, the paradise of pain.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Damien Thorn is this to his stepfather and uncle in the first two films. While brothers Robert and Richard were straightforward good guys, Damien Thorn is a Villain Protagonist. In terms of casting, while the previous leads were played by veteran Academy Award-winning screen legends Gregory Peck and William Holden, Sam Neill, Damien's actor, was a then-unknown when he was cast.
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  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Damien, before being appointed as ambassador.
  • Corrupt Politician: Damien, after being appointed ambassador.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A lot actually, but two that stick out the most is the death of the one priest who is mauled by bloodhounds during a hunt and another priest who burns to death whilst trapped in melting plastic sheets. And what makes it worse is that the latter doesn't die quickly.
  • Eye Scream: Getting smacked in the face with an iron isn't good for your eyes.
  • Famous Last Words:
    Damien: have won nothing.
  • Funny Background Event: When Damien is walking in the park with Kate, his personal hellhound can be seen playing fetch with Peter in the foreground. It seems to be very possessive of the stick.
  • Genre Blind: Neither Damien or anyone aware of his plan had ever read the Bible all that much, otherwise they would had known that Jesus would not return to the world in the body of an infant, but in his full divine form.
  • Good People Have Good Sex: Inverted. Damien isn't very considerate of his partner, leaving bite and scratch marks all over her.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Harvey Dean refuses to kill his own son for Damien's sake and flees. Damien responds by having Harvey's wife spellbound to kill the child and Harvey.
  • Idiot Ball: Severely harming the movie, Damien kills all the babies to make sure he gets the reborn child of Jesus. But Damien should be well aware the prophecy is Jesus will return as a divine adult because Damien reads the actual Bible and has one heck of a powerful backer who should know this as well. This information is certainly not obscure.
  • In the Back: How Damien dies thanks to the remaining Dagger of Megiddo.
  • Invincible Villain: Actually no. While the Daggers of Megiddo were always established to be able to kill Damien, he has always managed to escape any assassination attempts. In this film, it would seem he's Not So Invincible After All.
  • Motive Rant: Damien gives one to a statue of Jesus on the Cross about how he is a weak charlatan who gives humanity false hope. The speech then goes into a Motive Rant about Damien avenging his father's exile from Heaven.
  • Near-Villain Victory: Unlike the prequels where he wins, Damien only comes close to winning this time.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!: Damien tries to prevent the second coming of Christ by killing all male British children born during the herald of his return.
  • Prophecy Twist: Damien attempts to stop the second coming of Christ by killing any male children born in the U.K. during the sign of his imminent return. This is to prevent "the beast's" defeat by "the lamb" as predicted in Revelation before he's even had a chance to face him. Unfortunately for the forces of darkness, Jesus returns not as a mortal child but rather in his all-powerful divine form and proceeds to strike Damien down personally-which is what the Book of Revelation said would happen.
  • Retcon: The fashions, cars, et cetera make it quite clear The Omen (1976) was supposed to be set around the time of its release in the mid-70s. When Damien: Omen II came out two years later with Damien seven or so years older, it seemed like a case of 20 Minutes into the Future. But The Final Conflict is explicitly set in 1982 with a 32-year-old Damien, retroactively pushing the events of the original film back to the mid-1950s and Damien to the early 1960s, neither of which fits the evidence in the earlier films at all.
  • Screw Destiny: Damien's motivation is to prevent his prophesied defeat at the hands of Jesus during the Second Coming.
  • Second Coming: When Damien Thorn realizes that the Second Coming is imminent and thus his arch-enemy will be reborn, he orders his cult to kill every baby boy born in U.K. on March 24th.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: The man who buys the daggers at an auction in the opening montage, and after reading up on them and realizing their significance, mails them to De Carlo's monastery.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: Originally released as The Final Conflict, without a number OR the franchise title! While modern home video releases have Omen III on the box, the original title card is still shown in the movie itself.
    • Possibly because "Omen" is something of an Artifact Title at this point; the first movie had Jennings' photos that foreshadowed how several characters died, the second movie had Yigael's Wall that showed the faces of the Antichrist - Damien's face - in various stages of his life. There are no real omens in this movie.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: Father Spiletto, last seen in the first film alive, albeit severely burnt and disfigured, near catatonic, and mute, is mentioned to have passed away some time prior to the film.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Happens to the one of the monks, who is then wrapped in plastic and is caught on fire.
  • Villain Ball: Damien seemed unstoppable and indestructible in the first two films, but here? If he had simply taken twenty minutes or so to read The Book of Revelation, he might have seen the rather large flaw in his plan, which is why he's finally taken down.
  • Villain Protagonist: Damien Thorn, due to his actor receiving top billing.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Besides the slaughtering of infants that he commanded, Damien uses Peter as a shield to protect himself from being stabbed.

Alternative Title(s): The Final Conflict


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