Quick Review – Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981)


Omen III: The Final Conflict
Release Date: March 20, 1981
Director: Graham Baker
Stars: Sam Neill, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon
Runtime: 108 min

This is just about the most boring “horror” movie I’ve ever seen.

The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him.

Apparently, Goldsmith’s great original score was used but I can’t remember a time that it was actually effectively used.

This one tries to convince the viewer that it has a fast pace, but the kills are about as boring as watching grass grow. I know, I know, it’s a little harsh. So I’d like to apologize for offending grass so deeply.

The plot just gets ridiculous, and I absolutely hated the only climax in the series. Is this really supposed to be a horror film?

The ultimate question is raised for this film: Who’s a disciple of Satan and who isn’t? Are you, the reader, a disciple? Are your parents? Go ask them. I think everyone was a disciple here, but they just had to be brainwashed to do it.

Damien’s still psychopathic and wanting to taste power more than ever now, but he isn’t portrayed very well. Okay, okay it isn’t all Neill’s fault! He was not given good dialogue, good emotions to portray, or really anything good to go along with, for that matter. He was given a flaming pile of dog shit on a silver platter, with a paycheck wreaking of desperation beside it.

This is about the most boring horror film I’ve ever seen, maybe even the most boring film of all time. My mother and I both got tired simultaneously, and we thought it was just because it was late. We took our own twenty minute naps. And then we returned to the film, completely rejuvinated. Yet suddenly, we felt tired again! What’s up with that? We both reached a verdict: It’s the movie that’s making us tired, it’s boring as anything.

The ending was just odd. The acting was horrid, the number of redeeming qualities is a small list. The score, where I forget where it was used, is often good. There was one effective scare, but probably because it was stranger than anything. Also, some of the mystery was a little good.

This one left me thinking one thing: What in the name of all that is holy, did I just experience? Don’t see it. Even if you want to watch all the films of the series, don’t watch it. Save yourself the agony, and just read the synopsis of it or something.


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