Original Australian Daybill Poster The Omen
Daybill Poster.The Omen is a 1976 American-British supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner, written by David Seltzer, and starring Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner and Leo McKern. Its plot follows Damien Thorn, a young child replaced at birth by an American ambassador unbeknownst to his wife, after their biological child dies shortly after birth. As a series of mysterious events and violent deaths occur around the family and Damien enters childhood, they come to learn he is in fact the prophesied Antichrist. Gregory Peck was not the first choice as his role was also offered to William Holden, Charlton Heston, Roy Schieder, Charles Bronson and Dick Van Dyke. All turned the role down for various reasons. Peck approached the role from a psychological thriller perspective and not a horror one. Released theatrically by 20th Century Fox in June 1976, The Omen was a commercial success, grossing over $60 million at the U.S. box office and becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 1976. The film earned two Oscar nominations, and won for Best Original Score for Jerry Goldsmith, his only Oscar win. A scene from the film appeared at #16 on Bravo's The 100 Scariest Movie Moments.