Review – Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)

The most underwhelming installment in the original The Omen series, The Final Conflict pits a damp Sam Neill as Antichrist Damien (he’s just not evil enough!) against, well, the Second Coming of Christ. THE MOTHER OF ALL BATTLES. You’d think so, right? Not in this film.

Damien, now all grown up as U.S Ambassador to Great Britain, orders his followers to kill every infant boy born on the morning the Second Coming happened, and some Italian priests try to kill him so he won’t kill the Christ Child. It’s rather lame, the baby killing isn’t very nice at all, and there’s no ferocity in Neill as the Antichrist. You’d think he’d be a real turd.

There’s some good set pieces involving a devil dog and someone falling into a river, but the film lacks the previous impact and chilling shocks of the first two Omen movies. It’s all rather boring. You’d expect the Second Coming to be a bit interesting, yo.

GORE RATING: 2/5
SCARES: 1/5
DISTURBIA: 2/5
RATING: 3/10
Watch it for: The demon dog – he’s a good actor!
Watch out for: The baby reveal. Unpleasant