And the Holy Roman Empire rises, then You and I must die
From the eternal sea he rises, creating armies on either shore
Turning man against his brother 'til man exists no more."
The Omen is a horror film series that started with a 1976 film.
The films in the series are:
- The Omen (1976)
- Damien: Omen II (1978)
- Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)
- Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)
- The Omen (2006)
After the first three films were novelized, two non-canon book sequels were written by Gordon McGill (Omen IV: Armageddon 2000 and Omen V: The Abomination) chronicling the exploits of Damien's son and his attempts to cause the end of the world through interfering with the international peace process. There were a number of copycat films such as the Italian-made Kirk Douglas movie Holocaust 2000. The death scenes and causes of them also allegedly inspired the Final Destination film franchise.
In 2016, a TV series based on the films called Damien premiered on A&E.
Not to be confused with American heavy metal band Omen.
This movie series contains examples of:
- The Antichrist: Damien. And in the fourth film, Alexander.
- Birthmark of Destiny: Damien, of course, bears the Mark of the Beast (hidden conveniently beneath his hair).
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Damien's many secret protectors are often seemingly nice individuals. Damien never does anything overtly evil in the first film directly and it's left ambiguous of how aware he is of what he is, but by the third act of the second film, he embraces his destiny.
- Cassandra Truth: Anyone who brings up something being odd about Damien is usually dismissed, regardless of how rational they are. Then there's the people who flat out call him evil, his mother among them, and all are viewed as crazy. Though subverted in that certain secret Satan worshipers are deliberately being dismissive.
- Children Are Innocent: ...not.
- Creepy Child: Well, he's quite adorable for the son of Satan but he still does things that creep out other characters and of course the audience. This trait is ramped up considerably in the 2006 version.
- Death by Pragmatism: Invoked by Satan and his followers. The moment anyone becomes aware of what Damien is, or comes close to revealing it unwittingly or not, they're as good as dead.
- Downer Ending: Except the third movie, although even then, Damien does manage to cause a lot of pain and death before he's finally taken down.
- Driven to Suicide: In the first film, the famous "It's all for you!" scene where a maid hangs herself. In the third film, an ambassador is spellbound to kill himself with a gun so Damien can take his place. In the fourth film, Karen York shoots herself as she's unable to kill the Antichrist.
- Enfant Terrible: The plot of the first film. He's better behaved at the start of the second, until he learns of his call.
- Well outside of throwing a temper tantrum when he comes near a church, and knocking his mother off the stairs (which may or may not have been an accident) it's debatable on this in the first film.
- Delia in the fourth film is a much straighter example.
- Greater-Scope Villain: Satan himself. He is never shown, but his influence grooms Damien to become the ultimate evil as well as dissuade anybody that knows too much.
- Inverted with Damien. While he showed promise, ultimately he seemed content to spend his seven years as merely being the head of Thorn Industries and being appointed Ambassador to Britain with some vague political aspirations which he never actually gets around to in the film series itself. About the worst things he does is ordering a massacre of 33 innocent children, brainwashing a single kid, and routinely beating up a statue of Jesus Christ to relieve stress. Hell, Jim Jones had far more people killed.
- Hellhound: Damien is guarded by a squadron of Rottweilers.
- Hybrid Monster: Damien's real father is the Devil... and his mother was a jackal.
- Lonely Piano Piece: Shows up here and there, particularly after Cathy's death.
- Mark of the Beast: Damien has a small birthmark on his scalp resembling three sixes.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: This film series forever stained the name, Damien, which was originally associated with a saint.
- Number of the Beast: Sixes surround this kid's existence, in fact. He was born on June 6th at 6am.
- Nothing Is Scarier: The build up to the deaths throughout the original trilogy were pretty intense, the deaths themselves were terrible ways to go for the most part but almost a relief when they come. The remake has elements of this too. It could be argued that this teaser for the remake is infinitely more terrifying than the movie itself.
- Nuns Are Spooky: Like the one who tells Thorn that she can't give him any information about his child.
- Offing the Offspring: The 'Bad Seed' variant. It doesn't work.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: "Ave Satani".
- Religious Horror: It's a given since the Antichrist is the main antagonist.
- Revealing Cover-Up: At times, the Satanic forces that try to protect Damien actually wind up helping to convince skeptics that he is, indeed, the Antichrist. Had all those mysterious deaths been a little less spectacular/creepy, Thorn and others might never have believed they were anything but accidents.
- Rube Goldberg Hates Your Guts: And they go off with not so much as a hitch since they are planned by The Devil.
- Saved for the Sequel: The first two films heavily hint that Damien will grow up to become some important world leader, perhaps even world dictator, and be the head of a "revived holy roman empire" after he "rises from the eternal sea" of politics. In the very least, he prophesied to "raise armies on either shore" and cause people to kill other until the human race is extinguished. And then Omen III the Final Conflict came out and Damien's seven year "reign" consists of simply being the head of Thorn industries for seven years, which while a major company, is not a "holy roman empire" in any sense of the word. He doesn't even use his company's power to exert influence on starving nations as he could. He also never actually engages in much politicking other than calling in some favors from the President of the United States to be appointed to a position in his cabinet, and vaguely promises to run for the Senate in a few years (the Senate, not even the Presidency). Ultimately, Damien turned out to be somewhat a disappointment as far as Evil Overlords go, having been defeated by the Nazarene before he could do much of anything on a global scale.
- Secret Circle of Secrets: Nearly every other person around Damien seems to be a member of a Satan-worshiping cult who are loyal to the death and do the dirty work of murdering those could threaten Damien when the accidents don't.
- Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Only the third film doesn't end like this.
- Sickbed Slaying: Katherine Thorn in the first film and its remake. The way it's done is different in the remake, though.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: If Damien doesn't kill you for standing in his way, he'll kill you for this. Father Brennan warns Robert Thorn in the first film that this is his (Thorn's) fate once Damien is assured to inherit the Thorn family wealth.
- Villain Decay: In universe. When Jesus Christ makes his second coming, Damien states that he feels that his powers are weakening day by day.
- Body Horror / Death by Childbirth / Fetus Terrible: How Damian's son is born. Conceived through an act of sodomy, and consequently born through his mother's rectum.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Unlike his father who intended to rule the Earth, Damian Jr. just wants to see it burn.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Damian Thorn Jr. looks just like a younger version of his father. Not surprising, as Junior is heavily implied to be Damian's reincarnation. He's kept in hiding for this reason.
- Technology Marches On: The novel is set in the year 2000, and at one point the character needs to look up a piece of information. He does so by requesting the use of a hotel's sole computer, which is a giant monstrosity that is wheeled into his room by the hotel staff. He asks the staff if the book he is looking for in the computer's database, to which the staff member assures him that the computer holds every book. Later, while using the computer, the character makes queries to the computer which then draws logical conclusions based on the questions he asks it, something which no computer in any era is able to do. Perhaps the author didn't realize that even in the future computers can only organize information, it's still up to people to draw conclusions from that data.
- 20 Minutes into the Future: The novels were written in the early 1980s, and set in the year 2000.