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Final Conflict: Omen III

The film we all hoped would be the last instalment of the Omen series. How wrong we were! Omen IV came some years later with Damien as a girl! Didn’t see that coming, did ya! Diabolical ingenuity! Anyway, back at the listings, Damien now looks like Sam Neill – part of the evil one’s power seemingly being the ability to change hair colour at will – in charge of the family business, Thorn Inc. or summit, raping and pillaging the world in the name of progress. Having already dispensed with Gregory Peck, William Holden, Leo McKern, David Warner, Patrick Troughton and others too numerous to mention, there were hardly any decent character actors left to make up the numbers for this one (something the producers obviously didn’t factor into their long term plans) but there is some fun to be had trying to catch the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance of Ruby Wax as the secretary to the American Ambassador who blows his head off. This particular slice of hokum isn’t quite as good as the original but it’s a country mile better than the crow-toting bobbins of the second instalment. One thing though, at the end when vanquished Sam Neill looks up and says, “Nazarene, you have won…nothing!” then dies. Actually Damien, I think you’ll find it’s game set and match to the good guys. We suppose sour grapes are part of the overall character of the anti-Christ.



  1. Morgan

    August 21, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    The monk assassins are hilarious like a cross between The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight and The Goodies, try watching the TV studio scene and not cracking up. “Dominus vobiscum………errr a little help here!?”

  2. George White

    January 28, 2024 at 8:39 am

    The TV scene was even shot partly at BBC TVC. The corridors and studio entrance are TVC, but the main stage is EMI Elstree

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