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Now come into his full knowledge and power, the Anti-Christ in the body of Damien Thorne is about to strike his final blow. The Christ-child has been born again, on the Angel Isle, Great Britain (Scotland, England & Wales). The plan is simple, kill the Christ child to prevent him from growing up to bring the return of Christ and death of the Anti-Christ.

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  • roman-vlcek
    roman vlcek

    I have but one nit to pick with this film. Isn’t it lucky that someone just happens to find those knives in a pawn shop and that they make their way to exactly the group of monks that are looking for them. This, I think takes coincidence a bit far. And I have never heard of monks traveling in a Cabal before (from the tag line of the film) Again we are treated to the wonderful sound score of Jerry Goldsmith (three for three) at this film’s opening, and of course, all of the way through. It is a fitting story as Sam Neill really shines in his first major film role as the Adult Damien, now in command and ready to come into his full power, but knowing if he does not act the Christ child will be reborn and his reign will end. The meshing of the two sides of the story seen from both aspects is well blended. It is a shame that the film makers did not stop here where they had a winning trilogy and went ahead and shot that abomination of an Ome IV. Take my advice and finish the series with this one.

  • dr-dan-overgaard
    dr dan overgaard

    A major celestial alignment heralding the second coming of Christ leads Damien Thorn (Sam Neill), the AntiChrist, to England where he orders his acolytes to murder every baby boy born during the heavenly event. Meanwhile, a brotherhood of monks also journey to the UK in order to kill Damien using the seven Sacred Daggers of Megiddo.I consider the first two Omen films to be classics of the Satanic horror sub-genre, but sadly part three isn’t deserving of such an accolade: the ‘monks on a mission’ plot gets really silly, the bumbling would-be assassins being more accident prone than Harold Lloyd; star Neill hams it up something rotten, his expression alternating between an oh-so-wicked grin and a sinister glower; the malevolent raven from part 2 is replaced by a dumb, slobbering hypno-dog who commands victims to commit evil deeds; there’s a unintentionally funny sex scene that sees Thorn going at it jackal-style; the AntiChrist’s followers predictably include such ‘unlikely’ characters as killer kids, a vile vicar, and a nasty nurse; and Jesus even pops up at the end to say ‘Hi!’.Don’t get me wrong, though… all of this devilish nonsense makes the film very entertaining and I still have no hesitation in giving it a more than reasonable rating of 6.66 out of 10 (rounded up to 7 for a very splattery bullet to the head effect).

  • gnnesh-mhaajn
    gnnesh mhaajn

    Starring Sam Neill as Damien, this installment carries the weight of having been originally conceived as the concluding chapter of the Omen trilogy. It gives the secrets, throws everything wide open and blows your mind.Damien is now fully grown and fully in command of his powers. He is also very well aware of his goals and the means through which he must achieve them.Sam Neill is most dramatic in his role as Damien Thorn. He lends an almost Shakespearean air to his performance as the epitome of the antechristian heresy.This installment carries a bit more mysticism along with the dogma this time and makes for a much better enterprise.The movie industry’s hype of this production indicated this would be a battle between Damien and “god” for control of the world. It implied that the USA would be destroyed once and for all in an all out battle between good and evil. Such was not the case.This story centers around Damien taking the position his “father” (Gregory Peck from the first movie) once held as American Ambassador to Britain and the priests who have found the holy daggers which can kill the Antichrist. If you don’t expect what the hype offers, you won’t be too disappointed in this movie. I wasn’t disappointed at all. Sam Neill is wonderful in this presentation, although the end was a bit trite and way over christianized, but you really shouldn’t expect anything more from a premise which is based in religiochristian myth.It rates a 6.9/10 from…the Fiend :.

  • biriukova-daria-borisovna
    biriukova daria borisovna

    Carrying out a dangerous plan, Damien’s attempts to father an Antichrist is continually interrupted by a group of priests determined to end his reign and prevent his plans from coming to fruition.Overall this turned out to be quite an exciting and enjoyable effort that does have a few problems. One of the small problems is the fact that this one doesn’t seem to go anywhere while he just spends the entire time pontificating on his mission and journey without actually doing much of any interest. These scenes of him going around his office attempting to explain his plans using his connections with the Biblical passages back to his overall plans which aren’t in the slightest bit interesting in the long run of simply being too overlong in the first half. The later parts here are almost as bad with the completely overblown love story and the concurrent plot to deal with the children that just tends to drag on for a while as the discussion of the events plods along with barely anything happening during these scenes. As this is understandable considering the particular storyline portrayed in here, this really tends to undermine the whole second half hat really just limps along lifelessly during this half while trying to make the valiant attempts of suspense and mortal terror but never doing anything to do that. That also leads into the last problem here in the film as it really does a pretty lousy job at really delving into his evil business as very little of what he does throughout the film actually manages to make the main characters who is supposedly the Devil incarnate come off like an ordinary psychopath with a devious plan. There’s a few areas here that does come off rather nicely which mostly centers on the activities of the priests to stop his plans from coming to fruition which allows this one some rather creepy supernaturally-charged action scenes. The early thwarted ambush at the TV station is rather fun with the actual kill being the highlight, the assassination at the office works nicely with the surprise shock of it and the attempt on the hunting grounds is mostly memorable for turning one of the most beloved dog-breeds into vicious killers in a supposedly chilling scene only for the breed itself to make it amusingly cheesy. About the only other positive beyond these fun scenes is the rather nice way it goes about ensuring the Devilish identity of the main protagonist, holding over the events of the previous film playing off the more charming and level- headed characteristics that would be expected of someone like him which helps keep his identity a secret. Otherwise it’s all that works here.Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language, Brief Nudity, intense themes of child death and a shadowy sex scene.

  • tina-simpson
    tina simpson

    “Damien: Omen II” must reside in the Land of the Worst Sequels of All Time, and I absolutely cannot stand people saying that this film was worse. “The Final Conflict,” the startling, compelling, and above all, well-made, conclusion to what should have only been the “Omen” trilogy, is almost as good as the original.As the tagline promises, ultimate evil now resides not in a child, but in a grown man. And while that idea sounds like a let-down compared to the owl-eyed coincidence of the character in the original film, it serves the purpose of a continuing story far better than having Damien as a boy of 12 and 13. It also provides a (semi) romantic subplot, and it means that the task of killing Damien has just become immensely more difficult.Taking up that holy job is the responsibility of a group of priests carrying Bugenhagen’s seven knives, led by the ever-talented Rossano Brazzi. But there’s another threat to the power of evil: the Second Coming of Christ. And most of the movie deals with Damien’s twisted attempts to find and dispatch the infant Jesus.The music, cinematography, visual quality, and dialogue are infinitely better than those of “Damien,” and even the grandiose moments dealing with Christ’s rebirth are legitimately entertaining and make sense within the plot. It also allows for the main character to at last expose the true depths of his villainy, and make people talk about how Armageddon is really going to play out.Finally, what completely validates this as a great sequel for me is the ending, which I won’t give away here. All I’ll say is that, though highly controversial, it really pays off, and the series couldn’t have ended any better.And it certainly didn’t– “Omen IV: The Awakening” is too mind-bogglingly awful for words, and the 2006 remake of the original is just plain pathetic. There are only three true “Omen” movies, and only one sequel worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as the original– “The Final Conflict.”

  • louis-smith
    louis smith

    As far as horror films go, I believe The Final Conflict has gotten a bad rap. Now, this is obviously not some all time greatest movie of all time or anything like that, but it really is a well made film, and a good horror film. Considering that I only watch horror movies, and every review I’ve done on IMDb has been extremely negative of really horrible horror films (hence my name) this being the first positive review I’ve given is really saying something, at least for me anyway 🙂 In The Final Conflict, our hero (or rather not I guess, since he IS the anti-Christ) Damien is all grown up and using his demonic ways to basically take over the world for Satan. The one melodramatic scene where he gives his little speech to his father Satan is pretty stupid and could have done without (although the scuptlure of Christ in that scnece is actually a pretty amazing work of art), but other than that this is a fine horror film. The atmosphere is great, decent performances. His scene with the president (played by Mason Adams) makes you chuckle and ties in so well how all politicians (as well as everything to do with politics) are so deeply in league with Satan.A couple shocking violent scenes, really creepy atmosphere, great cinematogrpahy – this film is clearly from an analogue age, before digital anything was in use. Perhaps this is part of the reason many don’t like this movie, today’s horror films are a lot easier to make due to digital advances (which is a good thing) so they appear to have high production quality, but are really terrible made, written and directed. The final conflict is well made, and of course the score by Jerry Goldsmith is excellent and adds much to the film, definitely would have been a worse movie without his score, I can’t say enough how good it is. The mix of very old musical ideas with modern ones, (as well as a few tritones of course) really makes the movie in many ways for me.So see The Final Conflict if your a horror fan.

  • bobby-frederiksen-svendsen
    bobby frederiksen svendsen

    You’ll have to forgive for not conforming to what I consider wrong, and for not praising this film. Altogether I’ve noticed that I don’t exactly fall in line when it comes to the first three films of The Omen. I really didn’t like the first one, thought the second was ten times better, as for this one – well, in my personal humble non-professional opinion a new record had been set. The Omen 3 for me was the worst of them I’ve seen so far.While the dialogue-acting continued to improve, the physical-acting still required much work, probably on account of undeveloped cinematography. The story, while being dark and compelling, still felt too far fetched for me as a non-Christian. Altogether, the events, Damien’s monologues, and in particular the ending – all felt like little more (pardon my rudeness) religious masturbation.And speaking of the ending – what the heck was that?! Were we really expected not to notice that it had absolutely nothing to do with the build up? If that was the way it was going to end – why go through the entire film preparing us for something that never happened?I don’t know. It might just be me, but I think the only reason to watch The Omen III is to have another check-mark on the way to finishing the series. I did enjoy watching it, can’t deny it, but that doesn’t mean it was a good film.

  • wendolin-calderon-solorio
    wendolin calderon solorio

    The Final Conflict (1981) is about Damien Thorne’s (Sam Neil) rise to power and his eventual fall. A brotherhood of monks is preparing to stop Damien from seizing even greater power but his cadre of minions put and end to that. Whilst the surviving monks prepare to confront him again, Damien is eliminating the competition and raising up ground support. He wants to make sure that the resurrection never comes to be so he starts to have his goons kill all the male babies. As his power grows so does his ambitions of ruling the world. He likes to sit alone and talk to his “father” about his destiny. But in the end his empire collapses and Damien goes out with a whimper instead of a big bang.I was slightly disappointed by the way the trilogy ended. I new Damien had to go but I thought he would do it with his guns blazing. Oh well they should have left well enough alone because they tried to revive the series with a television movie sequel. That was a bad move on Fox’s part. This coaster disc of a D.V.D. can be found in the box set. It’s not worth watching. But this one is. It has some nice gory set pieces and Sam Neil’s pretty convincing as the “Prince of Darkness”.Recommended for horror fans.

  • tamara-stanescu
    tamara stanescu

    Omen 3:The final conflict was released in 1981 and was meant to be the last film in the series before they made Omen 4 which was absolute disgrace.b The story is that Damien now aged 31 is appointed Ambassador to Great Britain like his father in the first movie however his greatest enemy the holy child. Damien must defeat They Holy Child and a cable of monks who possess the knives t hat can eliminate the Anti-Christ. In my opinion this is better than Damien:Omen 2 but not as good as the t 1976 classic The Omen i do recommend this film if you have seen the first two films. This film brought an end to the REAL Omen franchise so if you watch it i hope you enjoy it.***/***** Good film

  • shawn-castillo
    shawn castillo

    “With all the power of evil, with fire and brimstone, with the intensity of hate and the foulness of Hell itself, I shall curse the world, condemning it to…a brief recession.” Now this is how you make a sequel! The Final Conflict does just about everything right in building on franchise tropes and expectations and growing them to a newer, grander narrative. Damien is in full command of his power here, and it’s exciting to see him at the helm rather than the omnipotent hand of Satan. Of course, he still has his minions and another Rottweiler helps him do his bidding, but seeing Damien at the head of Thorn Industries and how he worked his rise to power makes for a thrilling way to move the story forward. Neill is perfectly cast, injecting a combination of winning charm and darker torment behind his suits and smiles. Jerry Goldsmith is back once more for the score, and like with the story, he expands on his earlier work to provide a fuller, more diverse piece. Some of those angelic compositions near the end are show stopping.Omen III centres itself on an epic story where there are plenty of consequences at stake. We knew all along that Damien would rise to power, but now that he’s got it, we don’t know whether he’ll get his ultimate goal of taking over the world. He has colleague entanglements, as he must kill the child of his assistant to rid the world of Christ, he has romantic complications with Kate, at one point disturbingly raping her in a bid to show how pain can be beautiful, and he ultimately has to face off against God himself. There’s a lot more dramatic material there than there ever was in the Final Destination-like crux of the original two films. The vendetta the seven kamikaze priests vow against Damien also really puts the anti-Christ at risk, wherein the first two films his safety was always assured. Writer Andrew Birkin (most famous for his Peter Pan writings, of which you can certainly see “lost boys” aspects here) does a wonderful job of putting it all out on the table(laying it all on the alter?) for one truly thrilling battle for the ages.Not only is the story as sound as ever, but horror fans are really going to like the viciousness of the deaths throughout. With the seven vigilante monks going after Damien, and Damien himself killing off many others who stand in his way, the body count here is quite high, and like with the first two films, the producers don’t hold back in staging an elaborate death scene. Since this had the films of the slasher era to compete with, the brutality of the carnage has been upped once more, and some of the deaths are quiet unsettling. The most notable being when the ambassador ties tape around the door knobs in his office, linking it all to his shotgun trigger, so when his colleagues enter his brains get splattered all over the presidential crest. Another sees a woman burn her infant son with a hot iron, and we memorably see the charred remains of the baby’s face. One more, still, is when the first priest tries to kill Damien at a TV station, slipping up from the rafters and being dangled and burned in plastic as he melts in pain. The effects work is quite accomplished (done by A Clockwork Orange makeup artist Freddie Williamson), matching the menace of the acts themselves. Even the events that aren’t gory still have a sinister quality to them, like when Damien, after killing an adversary at a fox hunt, rubs what he says to be “fox blood” on the face of a boy in initiation. With that and that uncomfortable rape scene, The Final Conflict certainly doesn’t play it safe like a Hollywood movie should.A riveting thriller, through and grue, The Final Conflict certainly lives up to its title and offers Damien a fabulous final send off. The scope is so much larger than the first two films, and more than just a thriller it ends up becoming some grand theological statement of our times. It’s pretty ballsy for a horror sequel to depict Christ on screen, but this one goes one further and gives us an ending so grand and fitting that it looks cut from Ben-Hur. As far as horror sequels go, the Omen III is certainly upper echelon. It’s a shame it ended when it was just starting to hit its stride, but then again, given what would follow with the ill-advised fourth film, maybe they did good and quit while they were ahead. A must see! THE FINAL CONFLICT is quite an interesting film Damien grows up and the series ends on a satisfying note.

  • roger-wallace
    roger wallace

    I love the first horror Omen movie is one the best horror movies ever made and the second movie was really good and i even enjoyed The Omen 4 , yes The Omen 4.The third film in the OMEN series. Damien the anti-Christ, (Sam Neill) is now a wealthy and powerful ambassador. When he sees a cosmic sign that may foretell the second coming of the Christ child, he sends out his minions to kill as many babies as possible. Meanwhile, a group of monks is trying to assassinate him with the seven sacred daggers of Megiddo. Will good or evil triumph? They tried to make this really scary but it was not scary at all and not creepy at all like the other movies.The deaths scenes in this movie were really lame and not scary, i just didn’t like the whole Kill the baby thing,i found whole thing silly and scene with baby face, what the hell was that about.I just did not like this movie and it is forgettable

  • mats-nyman
    mats nyman

    I liked the first film, The Omen. I loved the second film, Damien: Omen II. But the third film, The Final Conflict, there really wasn’t anything happening in the movie, so that’s probably why I didn’t like it. Damien in the third installment isn’t really doing anything but telling Jesus how he’s going to beat him. The Final Conflict didn’t have any of the blood or horror like in the first two movies. So if you liked The Omen and Damien: Omen II, do not even bother with trying to see this one. Actually, the only good thing about the film is that is dies in it, but even that is a big let down.

  • barbro-lundqvist
    barbro lundqvist

    Recently Film4 in the UK ran all three Omen films on three consecutive nights. Having re-watched and enjoyed Omen 1 and 2, from which the combination of Jerry Goldsmiths score and creepy camera work left me pretty disturbed, I was looking forward to the third and final instalment which I hadn’t seen before.What a massive disappointment.This film is a complete and total waste of so many good talents.Sam Neill is pretty good as Damian Thorne. Sly, authoritative when necessary and pretty twisted in certain scenes. Check out the first scene in his satanic chapel as a perfect example of how the character should be played. Excellently done.The problem here is that the basic premise of the Omen films has been thrown out of the window. I’ll admit the writers here did have a challenge. They had to fulfil the prophecy elements stated in the earlier versions and somehow tie all that together with some sort of satisfying conclusion.So many story points are present but have no bearing on the rest of the plot. Damian becomes the US ambassador to the UK like his (adopted) father before him. This seems to have been required in the story because it’s stated in the earlier films that he will rise through the world of politics. Damian also becomes the head of the UN’s children’s program and this point is given a fair amount of attention at the beginning of the film but once again this comes to nothing in the story.The prior two films set this story up and it’s quite clear to me how the story was intended to progress. Why on earth didn’t they follow this? The story as intended by Damian Omen 2 should run as follows…Damian as head of Thorn Industries has bought up huge amounts of the worlds agricultural land and holds power over food distribution creating famine wherever he pleases. It’s through this that he is able to bring the world into conflict and bring about the end of days.Once again this plot point is mentioned at the beginning of the 3rd film but nothing ever comes of it. Such a frustrating waste.The staple of The Omen films is the bizarre, random (sometimes overly complex) death scenes to those characters who threaten the antichrists ascension but once again this core element of the films is abandoned. This was the coolest signature of the films inspiring a feeling of dread in the viewer. You know they’re screwed but you don’t know when it’s coming. The idea was taken forward by the Final Destination films with good effect. That’s the fun part… and unfortunately it’s missing.Instead we have Rotweilers with hypo abilities (seen in the first film when the nanny hangs herself) and this is massively overused. The whole thing feels like a particularly bad episode of tales of the unexpected.There is also a bizarre scene where Damian addresses his followers. The location is never disclosed and the followers appear to be a collection of Monty Python caricatures. Perhaps the most silly of these are the two boy scouts…I found myself laughing out loud at some of the supposedly terrifying death scenes (especially the one at the BBC which is so silly you can’t help but laugh).In my opinion this film needs to be re-made to service the overall story with the ending it deserves. I want to watch each of the various strands of Damian Thorn’s devilish plans slot into place perfectly as age of Satan draws closer by his design. Whether he fails or succeeds is irrelevant… We deserved a better ending than this!

  • gurev-iraklii-adamovich
    gurev iraklii adamovich

    The Final Conflict sees the Antichrist Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) now 32 years old & has him wanting to be the American ambassador to Britain, by a complete coincidence the current ambassador (Robert Arden) has an unfortunate incident which leaves him with his brains splattered on a wall & as a result the President (Mason Adams) does then indeed give Damien the job. Taking the position Damien moves to London & becomes romantically involved with a TV news-reporter named Kate Reynolds (Lisa Harrow), however he has bigger issues on his mind as a triangular star configuration signals the birth of the second coming of Christ somewhere in Britain so he orders his worshippers to kill every baby boy born on the same night. If that wasn’t enough a group of seven priest’s from Italy now possess the seven daggers of Meggido which are the only things on Earth which can kill Damien & are on a mission to do just that, an Antichrist’s life is just never easy is it?This English American co-production was directed by Graham Baker & I actually thought it was a decent horror film that passed the time harmlessly enough. The Final Conflict was the third entry in The Omen (1976) series of films & while probably not quite as good as the previous two films I don’t think it deserves some of the stick it gets, I mean what about Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) for heavens sake? Anyway, the script by Andrew Birkin now has Damien the Antichrist as an adult who has to fend of killer priest’s & the birth of the new Christ as well as continuing his quest to wipe out mankind. The one area where The Final Conflict disappoints is that it’s not done on a grand enough scale, for a film that supposedly deals with the end of the World & ancient religious prophecy’s it all feels very flat, empty & a bit too basic. For the majority of the film the script offers nothing more than a string of novelty supernatural set-piece deaths which are good to watch but they don’t really drive the central story forward until the birth of the second Christ but even then this seems like just an excuse for more deaths & nothing significant becomes of it. Don’t get me wrong because as a horror fan I love death, gore & mutilation but I must admit I expected something with a bit more resonance. The character’s & dialogue are OK but apart from Damien they don’t stand out, it moves along at a fair pace & has entertainment value although I did think it was a bit too long & the climax is a big let down.Director Baker does a decent job & the film has a nice basic but quite stylish look about it. There isn’t much continuity between The Final Conflict & the other Omen films, for instance according to the original Omen the Antichrist Damien was born on the 6th June 1966 yet here The Final Conflict is set in 1982 & he is said to be 32 years old, not that it really matters though. There’s a decent atmosphere although I can’t say it’s particularly scary or tension filled & that ending is very weak which really hurts the film as a whole because you are then stuck with negative feelings as the end credits roll despite what has gone before being alright. There’s some good gore here including a burnt corpse & a great scene where someone gorily has their brains blown out (I then love how his leg twitches!) which is one of those cool film moment bits that is definitely worth watching on DVD & slow-motioning it.Technically The Final Conflict is well made & it obvious had a decent budget. Largely shot in England in London & Cornwall the scenery is nice enough although as a side note Fox hunting as shown in The Final Conflict has since been made illegal so you animal lovers out there needn’t worry about such things anymore… The acting is OK but no one stood out apart from Sam Neill in his first starring role & he would obviously go on to achieve lots of success as an actor unlike anyone else in this film. I was surprised to see loud mouth TV show hostess for hire Ruby Wax had a small role in this film…The Final Conflict isn’t the greatest film in the World that’s for sure but it ain’t too bad when all said & done, not the ideal way to round the trilogy off but it could have been worse. I’d say it’s worth a watch if nothing else. Also known as Omen III: The Final Conflict.

  • caio-leone
    caio leone

    *SPOILERS*I keep saying non-secular when I mean secular so I’m going to have to be especially careful when talking about this final in the trilogy which has been shown on telly for consecutive weekends on the graveyard shift. The other two were made in the seventies thus bestowing coolness upon them. At the start of the film Damien is sitting in a viewing theatre and is somewhat miffed. “Trite, cliched, inane” he complains. But enough about ‘The Final Conflict’ Damien, what about the advert you just watched? The eighties are truly upon us and are apocalyptic. Poor Sam Neill was described as a ‘hacktor’ after appearing in this but just how do you go about playing the Anti-Christ? Dracula disappears for most of Bram Stoker’s novel to great effect and the best move would have been to do a ‘Dead Zone’ type plot with one man having visions after shaking his hand and trying to off him for the duration with Damien very much in the background. Instead, Neill goes for a hilarious pantomime turn of twitches, eyeball rolling, furtive glances and failed charm. All that is missing are the cape, mustache and tall black hat. His speech is mannered. “The daggers are the only thing on EARTH…(pause)…that can kill me.” DAN-DAN! Not the only thing, script starvation is another. This portentousness extends to the incomprehensible Father DeCarlo. “The mark, 66…..(long pause)…6!” Did he forget? It’s not like a long zip code, is it? What you also don’t want to do is hire a British tv director (Graham Baker) to direct a genre he is unfamiliar with. The action mostly revolves around people coming in and going out through doors and the set-ups are flat. Hey, Graham, horror films have lightening, don’t they? So bung them in too in a highly risible manner, knocking a man off his feet in Keystone Cops fashion. Another problem is Jerry Goldsmith’s score which makes an old style Ben Hur epic sound like a mere tap on the door. It’s deafening appearances during the staid proceedings is laughably incongruous.The devil changes his modus operandi in this film. Why the change from crow to dog? Well, in a recent London stand up comedy act, a comedian found that the duck he hired cost £250 a day, £100 more than the Equity standard actor’s pay for a WEEKS work. So he hired an actor in a duck’s costume, I kid you not. So the change to a dog is not just satanic, it’s smart. This dog is unusual though, it’s point of view shot when stalking the American Ambassador in Hyde Park appears to be floating at least a foot off the ground and doesn’t disturb twigs. Damien later explains that the breed once marched with the imperial Roman army. Must have been a sight, a load of soldiers with a row of dogs floating in the air. Keeps the sand off their paws, I guess. But a man’s best friend is not his dog but his personal secretary. Harvey Dean (for it is he) reminds me of the hilariously inept personal secretary played by Barry Foster in the ‘Sweeney!’ Film, only going one better and adding baby killing to his CV. The none-too-bright Dean happily twitters on to Damien about family life seemingly unaware, unlike the rest of us, that the devil has a propensity towards nihilism. But unlike Barry Foster, Dean’s assassins are competent and it’s the God Squad’s (on a sacred mission) that are inept. And don’t say they’re not used to that sort of thing, have you forgotten the Spanish Inquisition? Anyway, one of DeCarlo’s priests goes to kill Damien in a tv studio. From, ahem, a gantry. What was he planning to do, jump down, break both his legs then crawl over to Damien and try and stab his toes? Embarrassed by this incompetence, Father DeCarlo tells the other priests that this time they’re going to plan things down to the finest detail. So two of them wait in some ruins while another priest lures Damien to his demise. Sadly they get stuck in a hole, doomed to starvation. But hang on, doesn’t planning down to the finest detail entail everyone knowing where they were heading thus ensuring a search party? But it’s only me who thinks of these little things, such as Damien moaning to Dean that Christians like sticking to the letter of their prophecies. But do they? Killing Damien on consecrated ground and crucifying him with all seven daggers seems to have gone out of the window. Also ‘Revelations’ states that Christ will do battle with the Anti-Christ but he doesn’t. Probably because he’s a little short. In fact, he’s a baby, a salient point lost on our Damien who stalks through an Abbey yelling, “come out and face me, Nazarene!” Er, Damien, he’s a baby. He can’t even walk yet. Do you expect one of the priests to run out and try and nut you with him? Instead, Damien is stabbed in the back by a journalist. Honestly, as the son of Satan he really should have seen THAT one coming.This film bludgeons you with pious scriptures and pompous choirs but is hypocritically exploitative. The series was silly but tapped into superstitions supposedly forgotten in this secular (yes, made it!) age, so it’s a shame they went for easy sleazy rather than something thoughtful. What if, as a recent song writer posed, you had to believe in Jesus and the saints? If it was all true? The theological, moral and historical implications would have made for some philosophically interesting films. ‘The Final Conflict’ throws away the really big philosophical question of history, “what is evil?” Damien says that true evil is as pure as innocence and that people confuse it with their own lusts and perversions. The trouble is Damien has a statue of Christ crucified the wrong way to a cross and also sodomises his girlfriend Kate Reynolds telling her, “birth is pain, life is pain, beauty is pain”, which suggests he’s a bit confused as well. But Satan, being the father of lies, is bound to produce a hypocrite. The other problem with this film is Damien isn’t really, well, evil enough. He’s big on hyperbole: “Grandeur of melancholy, divinity of loneliness, God doesn’t lift a finger to do any housework” etc, but he’s only managed the death of a few relatives himself. What’s shocking about being the head of a multi-national corporation nowadays? Thorn produces everything from Nuclear weapons to Soya Beans, but if you’ve ever been to supper at my mother-in-laws you’ll know which is more lethal. Damien involves himself with a coup in Botswana to gain financially for Thorn industries and set himself favourably up with the president, while blithely missing the fact that with a bit more effort he could have stirred some real trouble up in the middle East between two of the worlds oldest religions, thus precipitating armageddon well ahead of schedule. It does at least prove however, that although the devil may have all the best tunes, don’t hold your breath for the CD; he’s a real slacker. In fact, the most shocking moments in the whole film come when Kate Reynolds (a BBC journalist, no less!) Seems to approve of her son fox hunting and being traditionally blooded and also let’s a complete stranger into her house late at night just because he tells her he’s a priest. A sobering thought for our non-secular times. Oh, ****!

  • kari-ramirez
    kari ramirez

    Damien Thorn is a full grown man and recently appointed Ambassador to Great Britain (the same position his father had years ago). And he is fully aware of his unholy destiny as the Antichrist, the false prophet. He has carefully been studying the signs for Jesus Christ’s return to Earth and has decided the time is near. He sends his disciples all across Great Britain when an alignment of stars signifies his birth to kill any baby boy born on the morning of March 24, between the hours of midnight and six o’clock. Even one of Damien’s closest assistants son is not exempt from this decree.But Damien’s human side is getting the better of him as he starts seeing the popular journalist Kate Reynolds and they begin a relationship. He also forms an attachment to her son Peter, whom Damien takes under his wing and manipulates for his own evil.While this is going on the seven daggers of Megiddo have been rediscovered from the rubble of the old Thorn Museum which was burnt down in the last film. They are bought out of an auction and are sent to the Monastery that Damien’s father visited when he was investigating the truth behind his son. Seven priests led by Father DeCarlo go to Britain and resolve to finish what Robert Thorn and his brother Richard started by killing Damien and reassuring the second coming of the Messiah. The plot for Omen 3 has a lot going for it but there’s a lot of things that could’ve been done that weren’t even touched upon. The relationship between Kate and Damien could’ve been an emotional struggle to the story, since it could allude that Damien might achieve redemption due to their relationship. Even one of his associates say that Reynolds is dangerous to be around but Damien is resolute in his path and not even ‘love’ can affect him. The priests are underdeveloped as well. Six are killed off rather quickly and DeCarlo isn’t as strong a protagonist as Robert or Richard Thorn. The once brilliant supernatural death scenes that The Omen series is famous for are sort of replaced by intentional murders and accidents. Some are still impressive but they lose the sense of demonic intervention that the other two films had. Instead it is either Damien showing off his power, or one of his disciples that commits a murder. There’s not a lot of speculation in them in that they all don’t look like they could be common accidents. However, the film does have its fair share of disturbing scenes. There’s a scene where a woman sees a vision of her baby burnt. She then takes an iron and approaches the baby and the rest is left to our imagination. Another scene involves Damien on a hunt with a group of Beagles. Two priests ambush him and while he kill one of them off himself, he tells the pack to kill the other and they proceed to tear him apart. The acting in the film is also quite good. Sam Neill as Damien provides a dark and rather frightening performance for the now adult Antichrist and he does an excellent job throughout the movie. The rest of the cast perform their roles well but there’s nothing that really stands out in the ensemble. Jerry Goldsmith provides us with another excellent score that builds up suspense and makes it clear that evil is at work. For all three movies his score remains as one of the best in the Horror genre.Overall The Final Conflict has a lot of problems but the film isn’t entirely bad. It’s worth watching to bring a conclusion to The Omen series but will probably leave a few fans wanting a better ending.

  • tamara-gibbs
    tamara gibbs

    Of course, Michael York’s version of The Final Conflict was much more literally on the mark, even though Sam Neill’s no less chillingly, charmingly magnetic performance was packed with an even more in-depth, thought-provoking element of symbolism. In this connection, beyond the drawing of a few logically plausible inferences, in conjunction with various questions of “military strategy,” it would be quite an ambitious leap to attempt a clinically psychological analysis of Satan. It’s certainly beyond much real doubt that, having lost everything he’d been so abundantly handed, on a proverbial silver platter, he was, again, as Damien so passionately expressed it, in a bit of his own kind of agony; although, for all that, there were apparently no regrets, except for what only his enormous pride, as so well expressed by Milton, had blinded him to foreseeing—namely, the inherent inevitability of his losing the War in Heaven he started. Thereafter, the thought of anything short of taking what he wanted by force had still been no less unbearably demeaning and compromising to him, particularly in the form of his having rather attempted to more honestly earn his rightful place, God’s way; although, about as self-compromisingly albeit unavoidably, one can just about hear him, even now, putting his enormous rhetorical skills into action, once they’d been about all he’d had left, by way of personal defense; in his argument to the effect that it was God, and not he, who amounted to the real “Tyrant!” . . . Moreover, now that Satan has had about six-thousand years to no less incorrigibly continue “inadvertently” proving himself so categorically dead-wrong, one should not even need the prophecy, so graciously provided in advance, as to how utterly unbroken he shall prove to have been, even subsequent to a yet future one-thousand year period of confinement in the Bottomless Pit of Revelation 20:1-3!—Which is undoubtedly one important reason, from among others too fascinatingly lengthy to delineate here, why God patterned the prophetic sequence of events in precisely this way, in answer to the logical question of at least a few, as to whether it would have done any good for even the Infinite Compassion of God to have provided some kind of “savior,” or whatever, even for him; that is, merely assuming, but only in the most academically insoluble sense, that such a thing would have been possible at all; or, at least, somehow provided for, under an alternatively-predetermined Plan, had the Lord foreseen such a fruitfully-redeeming necessity to have been the case. . . . However, either way, one can be certain that God takes no pleasure in having to forfeit any of His most magnificently angelic creations, just as He considered Satan to have been no less personally than symbolically, judicially, and even didactically more than worth the kind of six-thousand-year Trial of the Ages, at human expense, which is now about near its end. Of course, God had been sporting enough, in the process, to have given Adam the choice (as to whether each individual’s morally free options would subsequently have to be decided on the easy road, rather than the hard one); one which could have rather resulted in Satan’s having lost his wager, right on the spot, thereafter no longer to have been potentially useful for anything, either—other than the Lake of Fire—Revelation 20:10! After-all, Adam’s choice could not have been a real one, if this hadn’t also constituted a correspondingly real possibility. But, alas, it didn’t actually materialize, after-all! . . . Finally, there’s no comparing the Fairest of Trials having been granted, by the alleged “Tyrant,” God, to Satan; with the kind of “Trial” Satan delivered to the Only Begotten Son of God, in return! Additionally, just about anybody worth everlastingly salvaging, by now, should have well-surpassed Satan’s continuing level of denial; in his insistence that even democratically, capitalistically “scientific” competition, the kind which has allegedly “synthesized” the “principle” of universal selfishness with a system of “lawful checks and balances” which externally if not motivationally serve to prevent the unscrupulous victimization of anybody in the process, thus at least potentially opening the way for the individual self-actualization of all, is anything better than the inevitably, decisively unacceptable failure it is still very terminally proving itself to be. . . . And, to be sure, subsequent to his defeat at the Cross, Satan has been utilizing the only real strategy he has left; in that, for about two millennia now, he’s been systematically masquerading as the only credible thing remaining (John 16:7-11), even to the most characteristically, “morally-minded” of atheists, namely, his Opponent, along with an array of remarkably-interlocking though “contrastingly” effective results! No “Tyrant,” after-all, could possibly have demonstrated His point (or, for that matter, Satan’s, too) any more effectively, selflessly, expensively, indictingly, and, of course, no less redeemingly!—Than had been accomplished at the Cross!–That is, the total antithesis of everything “scientifically socialistic” or “altruistically” hedonistic as well!–Although, for essentially the same reason, His was not the only “Time of Jacob’s Trouble,” to the exclusion of still another, shortly to commence! . . . The Tragic Irony is that one doesn’t have to tell ole Cool Hand Luke how compromising to God’s Image Satan has inherently demonstrated himself to be, and what a brutally painful “Failure to Communicate” it’s helped to foster; to the point where His Very Existence per se would appear the greatest of every Impossibility in which He claims to specialize, especially for one who’s struggling as desperately as even Anthony Quinn’s Barabbas to make Him “compute!” Howard Beale discovered, too, in a manner which didn’t turn out to be very funny, after-all, about the kind of Court Jester to which God has been reduced; just as even His Clinically Bi-Polar Sense of Humor is perhaps the most Absurdly Bearable thing about Him, but only if there’s really Nobody There to Thus Have to Blame, other than the most “Easternly Wholistic” or “Pantheistically, Adventurously, Amorally, ‘Self-Dismemberingly’ Ever-Dreaming” Culprit of Dostoyevsky’s “Notes from Underground!”

  • tanya-gray
    tanya gray

    By the end of the 1976 megahit “The Omen”–one of the most successful films of that year, returning $60 million in domestic box office receipts on its $3 million budget–the foster parents of 5-year-old Damien Thorn both lay dead…as well as most of the personages who had had anything to do with the kindergarten-age Antichrist. His mother, Katherine (Lee Remick), had been offed by the (literal) nanny from hell, Mrs. Baylock (a remarkable performance from Billie Whitelaw), while his ambassador father Robert (played with classy gravitas by the great Gregory Peck) had been killed by the cops while in the act of attempting to slay his adopted Satan spawn with one of the Daggers of Megiddo. By the conclusion of the film’s sequel, 1978’s “Damien: Omen II,” the guardians of 12-year-old Damien also lay dead: Uncle Richard (William Holden) had been knifed by wife Ann (Lee Grant), while Ann herself had perished in a conflagration. Viewers would have to wait another three years to see what deviltry young Damien would be up to next, but were well repaid for their patience when part three of the trilogy, “The Final Conflict,” was released in March 1981. The film performed only 1/3 as well at the box office as compared to the original “Omen” installment and does not seem to be highly regarded today, which surprises me. The picture certainly does up the ante of the previous two films, and while necessarily not as original or fresh in conception, more than makes up for that with some truly shocking developments.In the film, the viewer learns that Damien has graduated from both Yale and Oxford, is now in his early 30s and, as portrayed remarkably well by Sam Neill, is not only the supremely wealthy head of the Thorn business empire, but, in consequence of the Satanically induced suicide of the U.S. ambassador to Britain, is next in line for that august position as well. The film basically consists of two running, parallel plots. In the first, Father De Carlo (the great Italian actor Rossano Brazzi, giving the film’s most likable performance), head of the San Benedetto monastery in Subiaco, Italy (which featured prominently in the original film), along with six select priests, each armed with one of the seven Daggers of Megiddo, go out into the world to slay the Antichrist. In the second, Damien searches throughout London to find the newly born Christ child, and to slay him before his own powers are greatly diminished. He is abetted by his personal assistant Harvey Dean (some nice work here by Don Gordon), whose own newly born son may or may not be the Christ child himself, while British investigative reporter Kate Reynolds (Lisa Harrow) interviews the new ambassador and learns a little too much about him. And so, a genuine conflict arises: Can Damien kill the newborn Christ before the seven priests kill him?Unlike the previous two films, here, we have a Damien in full knowledge and acceptance of his Satanic lineage. For the first time, the Antichrist doesn’t just slay the pesky meddlers surrounding him, but actively goes after Jesus Christ himself! THAT’S what I call upping the ante! As in the previous films, Damien’s and his Pops’ slayings make for memorable set pieces, and the deaths of the Subiaco priests are brought about most impressively (by fire, knifing, lightning, dog attack and so on). Surprisingly, however, these infernal homicides are not the film’s most gripping scenes. Rather–at least, for this viewer–it is the pair of speeches that Damien makes that manages to impress the most. In the first, he addresses a Jesus crucifix with the most shockingly abusive language, calling Christianity a “grubby, mundane creed,” and declaring “…2,000 years have been enough…Nazarene charlatan, since the hour you vomited forth from a gaping wound of a woman you’ve done nothing but drown Man’s soaring desires in a deluge of sanctimonious morality…I will drive deeper the thorns into your rancid carcass, you profaner of vices….” After which Damien Thorn, a genuine thorn in mankind’s backside, does indeed drive the thorn crown on the Christ effigy deeper into Jesus’ head, remarkably making the image cry bloody tears! It is a flabbergasting sequence, supremely well performed by Neill. And in his other great speech, Damien exhorts his heterogeneous minions to track down and slay the new Christ child with these words: “…Slay the Nazarene, and you will know the violent raptures of my father’s kingdom. Fail, and you will be condemned to a numbing eternity in the flaccid bosom of Christ.” For the first time, thus, the viewer is witness to a genuinely evil Damien, one who is not only fully aware of his devilish ancestry, but reveling in it. “The Final Conflict,” besides showcasing some shocking violence and speechifying, is perhaps most startling in its willingness to feature infanticide as a subplot; indeed, by the film’s end, no less than a dozen male infants have been exterminated throughout England in Damien’s quest to eliminate the Christ child! Screenwriter Andrew Birkin’s script certainly does not flinch from taking risks here, and he is ably complemented by some nice work from director Graham Barker and still another fine score from Jerry Goldsmith. Oh…and for all the gals out there who are attracted to so-called “bad boys,” in this film, they will get to see what a bout of lovemaking with the ultimate bad boy might be like. And for once, we have an “Omen” film that ends on a happy note–even Damien himself smiles as one of those blessed daggers plunges into his back! Damien may finally be vanquished here, but for those viewers who are interested in seeing what kind of mischief his demon daughter Delia is capable of spreading, there is always the TV sequel “Omen IV: The Awakening”….

  • t-amar-kvinikaze
    t amar kvinikaze

    The horror in this movie is so bad it’s funny! Every time a monk gets anywhere near Damien the poor guy falls off a bridge or drops down a hole or just slips on a banana peel or something. On the other hand, the smart and pretty lady reporter gets her hands on Damien right away, without any trouble. It’s said that Sam Neill who plays Damien and Lisa Harrow who plays Kate Reynolds were actually falling in love for real as this movie was being made. It really shows! Aside from being just gorgeous, Lisa Harrow was a good actress. You can see that her character has at least three sides to her. As a reporter, she’s intrigued by Damien’s vast wealth and growing political power. As a mother, she’s frightened of his influence over her troubled teenage son. And as a woman, she can’t help responding to the sheer excitement of his darkly sexual charisma. But what makes this interesting is that the story line always treats her character with respect. Her sexual feelings don’t cancel out her heart or her intelligence, they just make her more mature and sympathetic. Why is it that major stars like Julia Roberts and Meg Ryan never play anyone half as interesting as this?

  • g-zha-eliseeva-ninel-zhdanovna
    g zha eliseeva ninel zhdanovna

    20 years later… Now Damien Thorn (Sam Neill) is becoming Ambassador of England to becoming President of the United States. Which Damien truly wants to be the ruler of the world. When the leader of the monks (Rossano Brazzi) has the seven diggers to destroy Damien. While the second coming of Christ is born. Damien gives order to his followers to kill all the new born babies that could destroy him. While Damien starts falling for an ambitious reporter (Lisa Horrow) and this reporter slowly finding out his true identity.Directed by Graham Baker (Alien Nation, Beowulf, Impulse) made an interesting, strong sequel was supposed to be the last of the Omen films until Omen 4 was made for television. Which the character is mention in the T.V. movie. The third film didn’t perform well at the box office but die hard fans of the series will certainly enjoy it. Neill gives an terrific performance, the supporting cast are good and another memorable score by the late Oscar-Winner:Jerry Goldsmith (Legend, Planet of the Apes, Poltergeist).DVD has an fine anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an good-Dolby 2.0 Surround Sound. DVD has an commentary track by the director but it has plenty of dead air and he gives some interesting comments. But not as informative as the first and second film commentaries. DVD also has the original theatrical trailer with trailers of the first and second movie. This is a satisfying picture that is certainly strong and different from the other two. Executive Produced by Richard Donner (The Lethal Weapon Series). Written by Andrew Birkin (The Messenger:The Story of Joan of Arc, The Name of the Rose, Perfume:The Story of a Murderer). Panavision. (****/*****).

  • ervin-zagar
    ervin zagar

    A fairly good end to the trilogy, although it’s a shame the threatened armaggeddon never comes off (as in the later novels). Sam Neill puts in a good performance as the Devil’s son and is surrounded by decent character actors. However, how Jerry Goldsmith didn’t win an Oscar for the score, I will never know. It’s absolutely amazing and proves music really can improve a film (just imagine a score-less Psycho, for example).

  • lea-dautanec
    lea dautanec

    So far, I’ve given the “Omen” films straight eights, which is interesting. It’s incredibly rare to find a sequel, much less the SECOND sequel, to be so good.The idea of the final ending of Damien Thorn was quite creative, and I’m very impressed with actor Sam Niel’s accomplishment in fulfilling this part as Damien. It’s most impressive, and, personally, I think the ending is rather… not as dramatic as it could have been. I think they ended it all too quickly, but all-in-all, the film is great. This series certainly hasn’t lost it’s touch, I’ll admit.I suppose it’s also very upsetting in places, since Damien is now an adult, in change of the Ambassador position after all this time, but even so, the film is very powerful, and very moving.Once again, the “Omen” series flourishes.

  • jill-walker
    jill walker

    This was great i think,, you have Damien all grown up,, not a kid anymore,, this is pretty cool i think,, now you have all that evil in an adult, which by the way is very scary, Sam Neill does a wonderful job in this, and is very creepy evil at the same time. Add to the fact that the plot was very good too,, you have the monks trying to kill Damien for one,, then you have Damien trying to kill all of the male babies born of the 24th of March,, makes for a very interesting race against time for Damien. If you follow the trilogy though the timeline is quite off, but i guess when they made the first one, they didn’t realize it would become a franchise,, but nonetheless, over the past week i have watched all 3 of the Omen’s and have seen the new one in the Theatre’s when it came out,, i think the trilogy is very good with the story tied together the way it is, overall i give this part 3 a definite thumbs up.

  • milena-simunic
    milena simunic

    This second sequel to huge hit ‘Richard Donner’s Omen (Gregory Peck, Lee Remick)’ centres on anti-Christ personified by Damien (Sam Neill) . Now grown-up Damien (as a teen was incarnated by Jonathan Taylor) is the only proprietary of Thorn industries , one time deceased his forested parents (William Holden , Lee Grant from Omen 2 by Don Taylor) . Damien is named American Ambassador to London by the US President (Mason Adams). A group of monks (Rossano Brazzi , Tony Voguel , among others) get the seven daggers , as Damien Thorn can now only be murdered by one of the daggers . In England Damien is helped by an assistant (Don Gordon) and he falls in love with a TV journalist (Lisa Howard) . The film talks, fundamentally, about the rebirth of Christ and confrontation to anti-Christ Damien . The devilish Damien is poised for ruling over earth supported by his underlings .This exciting follow-up contains thrills , chills , suspense ,tension and grisly killings . The chief excitement resides in seeing what amazing and creepy murders happen every few minutes of picture . The eerie scenes range from the genuinely fantastic to the bizarre and horrifying images . The movie is quite predictable but we have seen the previous chapters but also its predictability is redeemed in part by the charismatic acting by Sam Neill , the New Zealand-born player , and an effective secondary casting . Colorful and adequate cinematography by Phil Meheux (The Zorro) . Again evocative musical score by the great Jerry Goldsmith (Planet of apes) with soundtrack-alike first entry , winner a deserved Oscar . The motion picture was professionally directed by Graham Baker (Beowulf , Alien Nation) . Followed by an inferior television movie , Omen IV (2001) , and for genre addicts only , directed by Jorge Montesi with Faye Grant and Michael Woods .

  • elli-heikkinen-lammi
    elli heikkinen lammi

    In the first two Omen films, we were presented with a boy learning to adjust to his unusual personality and his future position in the destiny of the cosmos, but in this last film, Damien is in complete control as he prepares mankind for a ” paradise of pain. ” Sam Neill exudes a aura of amoral humanity, befriending a female reporter and her son while he seeks to defeat God; One very good sequence has Damien describing man as being naturally evil, claiming that God seeks to keep man from becoming truly innocent. Even though the atmosphere bounces from materialistic to spiritual, the film still gets a powerful message about corporations and their link to politics to the audience. Again, Sam Neill shows us a flawed, but arrogant man-beast, who pushes his way through without a backward glance. With such a performance, it is no wonder that Sam Neill is a great actor.