The Omen (1976)

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Gory original Satanism saga; popular but plodding.

R 1976 111 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 30 reviews

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age 13+

Sexual Content is Present

It's very mild sexual content, but early in the movie the husband and wife are starting to make out and they remark about how there's no beds moved into their new house yet... It is obviously implied that their aim is to have sex, but nothing more is shown than mild making out. There's not much cursing in the movie, and nothing overly abrasive like an F-bomb or anything. My 12 year old watched it with me, and she's not seen many scary movies, but she wasn't too scared by this movie... She found some of it disturbing, but it was nothing that made her fearful. It might make a difference that we're Christians, and so she's been taught about the anti-Christ, and also about demonic possession, and she could recognize that this movie just puts kind of cartoonish spin on those things.
age 13+

They don't make 'em like they used to

When I was about 13 (born in 88, so I'm an older millenial) I got into a bit of a horror movie phase. Instead of striking that idea down, my parents decided to show me the best horror flicks of their time. This one is hands down the best older horror film. Nowadays, horror movies are all about suspenseful music leading up to some "jump" with basically no real plotline. Not The Omen. This movie builds real suspense and in a way promotes critical thinking. You don't see that very often in modern horror films. Sure, there are some memorable gory scenes, but that's not what it's really about. This one's a thinker

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