The Omen

June 25th Celebrates The Omen

The Omen film series is a British-American horror film franchise beginning in 1976. The story was originally written by David Seltzer, who chose not to continue the series after the first novel.

The second novel was then written by Joseph Howard; the third novel was done by Gordon McGill. After the third film was produced, a fourth and fifth were made-for-television in an attempt to revive the series, but they were received by mixed reviews.

On June 25th 1976, “The Omen” premieres in the US as the series centers on Damien Thorn, a child born of Satan and given to Robert and Katherine Thorn, before being passed along the Thorn families as a child. It is revealed among the families that Damien is in fact meant to be the Antichrist, and as an adult is attempting to gain control of the Thorn business and reach for the presidency.

Gregory Peck portrayed Damien’s father Robert Thorn, and the Lee Remick played Damien’s mother.

“The Omen” is just really good. It was released the same year as Exorcist if I’m not mistaken Gregory Peck gives a fine performance.

I dug up some interesting trivia on the movie called, The Omen, so I’m hoping you’re familiar with the movie, to what I want to share with you below.

Did you know, to make the baboons attack the car in the Windsor Zoo park scene, an official from the zoo was in the back seat of the car with a baby baboon, but the baboons had no response at all. They then took the head of the baboons, and the baboons outside went crazy. Lee Remick’s terror as the baboons attack the car was real.

According to at least one biography of Gregory Peck, took this role at a huge cut in salary (a mere $250,000) but was also guaranteed 10% of the film’s box office gross.

When it went on to gross more than $60 million in the U.S. alone, The Omen (1976) became the highest-paid performance of Peck’s career.

One of the reasons why Gregory Peck accepted the role of a tortured father, conflicted with guilt, was because he hadn’t been around when his son Jonathon committed suicide in 1975.

As part of its pre-release publicity campaign, and to point out the significance of “the three sixes” as The Sign of Satan, the movie was sneak-previewed nationwide in the USA on June 6th 1976.

While audiences inside the theatres were being scared witless by the film, theatre employees were out front, busily putting up specially made posters declaring: “Today is the SIXTH day of the SIXTH month of Nineteen-Seventy-SIX!”

Hokey thought it was the gimmick but worked quite well, as many a theatre patron literally “freaked-out” upon seeing those posters as they left the previews.

In lieu of today’s story, The Vatican was very opposed to the making of the film, claiming it was being made solely “towards ends absolutely consumerist and economical” but what scary film it was just the same!

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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