“When the Jews return to Zion/ And a comet rips the sky/ And the Holy Roman Empire rises/ Then you and I must die/ From the eternal sea he rises/ Creating armies on either shore/ Turning man against his brother/ ‘Til man exists no more.”
On the 6th day of the 6th month at the sixth hour, Katherine Thorne unknowingly gave birth to a stillborn. To spare her the grief of losing a baby, her husband, Robert Thorne, an American diplomat, substituted another child as their own. The baby was given to him by a priest who explained that the mother was killed during childbirth. It seemed like a blessing that they were given the child, but the blessing soon turned into a curse. Unbeknownst to the loving couple, the child that they were raising was the son of the devil. These are some interesting and unusual facts behind the making of the legendary film, “The Omen.”
David Seltzer wrote the novel, “The Omen,” in one month.
Robert Munger, the religious advisor of the film, was the one to come up with the idea of the antichrist returning in the form of a young boy.
Several production companies rejected “The Omen.”
Originally, the glass pane was supposed to fall from above and decapitate the photographer. The scene was too difficult to shoot and the scenario was altered to the one that appears in the film.
David Warner, the actor who portrayed the photographer, refused to view the scene of his death in the film.
Warner Brothers was unable to produce “The Omen” because they were working on “The Exorcist II: The Heretic” at the time.
Mia Farrow (who starred in “Rosemary’s Baby” in 1968) makes a cameo appearance as Mrs. Baylock in the 2006 remake of “The Omen.”
Charlton Heston, Roy Scheider, and William Holden all were offered the role of Robert Thorne, but rejected it. William Holden stars in “Damien: The Omen II.”
To cause the baboons to attack the car in the infamous zoo scene, a vet sat in the backseat and held the baboon leader. Lee Remick was terrified and her reaction in the film was real.
Richard Donner, the director, refused to kill for the sake of making a movie. In the scene where the fishbowl falls off of the balcony, painted sardines were used.
The infamous shot of Katherine Thorne (Lee Remick) falling off of the balcony was accomplished by building a vertical floor and pulling Remick backwards toward it.
“The Antichrist” and “The Birthmark” were the prospective titles of the film before “The Omen” was settled upon.
Richard Donner feels that the movie would not have been as scary or successful without the brilliant musical score of Jerry Goldsmith.
Jerry Goldsmith won his first and only Academy Award for the musical score of “The Omen” in 1977.
Jerry Goldsmith also composed the musical scores for the “Poltergeist” trilogy.
Gregory Peck (the actor who portrayed Robert Thorne) and David Seltzer took separate airplanes to London; both of which were struck by lightening.
Harvey Bernhard, the producer, was very nearly struck by lightening while filming in Rome, Italy.
The dogs that were featured in the film’s cemetery scene attacked the trainers.
The hotel in which Richard Donner was residing was bombed by the IRA.
Richard Donner was struck by a car while getting out of Harvey Bernhard’s vehicle. Miraculously, he was not injured.
Donner and his crew planned to charter an airplane. The company needed the plane that day and offered Donner a discount if they waited an extra day or two. Donner agreed. The airplane that they would have been on had engine trouble and crashed, killing all on board. The plane crashed into a car and killed all of its passengers. Ironically, the passengers in the vehicle were the wife and two children of the pilot.
On the same day that the baboon scene was filmed, two lions broke loose and attacked and killed a guard.
John Richardson, the person in charge of the special effects, was in a car accident. As a result of the collision, his girlfriend was beheaded; Richardson was the one who invented the scene in the film where the photographer was beheaded.
“The Omen” was sneak-previewed on June 6, 1976.
The remake of “The Omen” was released in theaters on June 6, 2006.
The “eternal sea” quotation recited by Father Brennan is non-Biblical and was created exclusively for the movie.
Because Gregory Peck would sustain a large cut in salary is he starred in “The Omen,” he was promised 10% of the box office gross. The film made $60 million just in the United States. Much to his surprise, Peck made more money from “The Omen” than he had in any other film.
Mike Hodges was originally asked to direct the film. He reused the offer, but ended up directing part of the sequel before he was fired.
Harvey Stephens, the actor who portrayed Damien, had blonde hair. Donner requested that he dye it black to make him look more evil.
Over double the original budget of the movie was spent on advertising.
The 2006 remake stars Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Mia Farrow.