#100HorrorMoviesfor100Days Day 5


Day 5: The Omen (1976)
Writer: David Seltzer
Director: Richard Donner
Year released: 1976


There are a select few horror movies that I find myself coming back to over and over again. This is one of them. I’ve seen The Omen so many times it doesn’t matter because each time I see it I find something fresh.


Overview: The son of an American ambassador is a magnet for mysterious deaths.


  1. There is a supposed curse surrounding this film. There are way too many strange events to name them all, but here are just a few: Gregory Peck and David Seltzer each took separate planes and each of their planes was struck by lightening. A hotel Robert Donner was staying at was bombed by the IRA. A flight Peck was supposed to take crashed, all on board died. The Rottweiler’s on set attacked their trainer, a zoo keeper was killed at the safari park a day after the safari scene was filmed there.
  2. Since casting was having a difficult time finding the boy who would play Damien a girl was considered for the role.
  3. Many writers turned down the project because of the subject matter.
  4. The Vatican was opposed to the film.
  5. The site of the archeological dig in the film was actually part of a real dig in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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Cynthia Pelayo

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo is the author of short story collection Loteria and the young adult horror novel Santa Muerte published by Post Mortem Press. Her short stories and poems have appeared in DM, Weird Year, Flashes in the Dark, SNM Horror Magazine, Seedpod, Static Movement, and more. Pelayo is the Publisher/Gravedigger of Burial Day Books and is a member of the Horror Writers Association. She is currently at work on two novels and a series of short stories and poems. You can find her on Twitter at @cinapelayo or at cinapelayo.com