The Final Conflict

Year: 1981

Director: Graham Baker

Written by: Andrew Birkin

Threat: Spawn of Satan

Weapon of Choice: Dagger

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Rish Outfield's reviews
Am I the only one who gets this confused with that 80's album by Europe? This is the final chapter in the 'Omen Trilogy,' and blessedly, Dick Donner is back, if only in a producing capacity. Also returning...are the devil dogs! Sam Neill (you know him as the villain in "Memoirs of an Invisible Man"--tee hee) is the grown-up Damien, powerful, wealthy, unstoppable. Thanks to an UNBELIEVABLY violent suicide, he becomes Ambassador to England (like stepfather, like son), and the last days are drawing near. Neill does a fine job presenting us with a well-rounded, smooth-talking, deep-thinking, blasphemous, manipulative, and fairly likable Antichrist. His opposition: a group of racially mixed monks vow to destroy him before the prophesied return of Jesus Christ. A female reporter muddles the story somewhat in what can almost be considered a romantic sub-plot, initially doubting Damien's identity, bedding him, and then combating him. Damien, has his own agenda, vowing to destroy the infant Saviour before He can rise to power. An interesting idea, but one that makes me ask, how all- knowing is the Devil, and why isn't this consistent? Ah well. The ending was confusing, a little too joyous...and easy? The characters were neither as likable nor as compelling as the first film. Still, this was a satisfying end to the series, and for once, sets us up for no possible sequels.
Best Scare: Damien's control over animals on the bridge scene.
I'd Recommend It To: Folks who really liked the first film.

The tyranist's thoughts
Not as creepy as the original, this movie does a fine job wrapping up the series. The biggest problem with it is that we go into knowing exactly what will happen. There really isn't a mystery at all. This lessens the parts that potentially could be really creepy. Sam Neill does a fine job as Damien, but I left the movie feeling a little disappointed that the first installment was the best. I really thought that the entire series had great potential that the second and third films fell just short of.

Sequel skull
Owes everything to/rips off earlier film
Sequel setup
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Toilet stall scene
Victim locks self in with killer
Killer is in car with victim
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Blood hits camera
Killer doesn't stay dead
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
No one believes only witness skull
Blood fountain skull
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skull
Music detracts from scene
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears skull Sam Neill
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes skull
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
What the hell?

Total Skulls: 10

Other movies in this series:
The Omen
Damien: Omen II
Omen IV: The Awakening