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The Omen at Holy Rosary Church

Directed by Richard Donner

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What better place to experience this stone cold classic than in the surrounds of an old abandoned church?

The young son of an American diplomat and his wife, living in London, turns out to be marked with the sign of Satan, the infamous “666”. It soon becomes apparent that he could be the Anti-Christ incarnate and possesses the evil powers to stop anyone who stands in his way.

Children can be little devils, but Damien Thorn really is the Antichrist – and all hell breaks loose when The Devil’s Spawn turns five. There’s not a splash of green vomit or a single spinning head in director Richard Donner’s suspenseful, Bible-thumping horror classic. Ravens and rottweilers are unaccountably drawn to angel-faced Damien, and anyone who starts asking questions – an innocent nanny, a crusading priest, a sceptical journalist – is knocked off in spectacular fashion.

Entertaining and yes, still ominous after all these years. A landmark of satanic cinema. Film4