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Original 'Omen' and 'Omen II' on the San Diego big screen still creepy

Harvey Spencer Stephens in "The Omen" (1978)
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In 1976 the movie “The Omen” hit theaters and introduced the world to the young hell raiser Damien Thorn, spawn of Lucifer.

Tonight, FilmOut presents not just the original “Omen” (40th Anniversary) on the big screen but its highly successful sequel “Damien: Omen II” (1978) as well.

What set the original apart from other horror movies of that decade was playing with the fears of parents, especially adoptive ones, and the questionable behaviors of their children.

The horror being Damien (Harvey Spencer Stephens), at an age when his behaviors are perceived to be innocent are actually malevolent and exacted with deathly supernatural intent.

Take for instance one scene in the movie when Damien’s mother played by Lee Remick is standing on a step stool precariously close to the second-floor railing as Damien is riding around the house on a tricycle.

The child, threatened by his mother’s recent pregnancy crashes into the stool sending her and a fishbowl over the edge and onto the granite floor below.

One memorable character is Mrs. Baylock, Damien’s nanny and apostate of Satan who takes over the position as his caregiver after a rather disturbing public exit from his previous one at a birthday party.

Damien became that generation’s anti-hero, a supernatural force capable of calling on the powers of his father to exact revenge when provoked or discovered as being anything more than a human being.

However, Damien’s worldly and powerful adoptive father played by Gregory Peck and an obsessed priest figure out that the kid is the Antichrist and try their best to put an end to his impending reign with the seven daggers of Mediggo.

Given that there is a sequel titled “Damien: Omen II,” nobody should fault me for spoilers as the teenage Thorn makes his way into military school slowly fulfilling the prophecy that he will one day be the most powerful man in the world.

“Omen II” upped the gore factor from the original with shocking scenes of blood and violence. Usually the deaths are made to look like accidents, one elevator scene in particular was surprisingly graphic for the time.

In another scene journalist Joan Hart discovers the secret of Damien Thorn’s existence and meets a horrific end at the end of a raven’s beak and an 18-wheeler.

Damien seems unstoppable and by the end of the film discovers that his aunt has a few secrets of her own, but it doesn’t seem to matter as the lad lays waste to anything obstructing his path to becoming the most powerful leader in the world.

Although you won’t see the third installment of the “Omen” series at tonight’s screening, both “Omen and Omen II,” are widely considered to be the best in the trilogy.

Just in time for Halloween, FilmOut would like to give audiences the chance to experience all of the terror and mayhem of biblical proportions on the big screen, giving a new generation the chance to see these horror classics as they were intended, perhaps for the first time.

Get tickets to this event before they sell out by clicking HERE.

"Omen" and "Damien Omen II" will screen on Wednesday, October 26, 7 pm, at the Hillcrest Landmark Cinema's located at 3965 5th Ave San Diego, 92103.

FilmOut presents The Omen (40th Anniversary) & Damien: Omen 2. Co-Presented by Cinema Junkie, Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, Amy Driscoll, Ivan Solis Jr. & Josh Bottfeld.