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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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The Omen is a 1976 British suspense/horror film directed by Richard Donner. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Troughton, Martin Benson, and Leo McKern. It is the first film in The Omen series and was scripted by David Seltzer, who also wrote the novel.

Though similar to The Exorcist in several ways, The Omen has gained prestige over time for a number of reasonsTemplate:Citation needed: its respectability (as a profitable major-studio film with renowned actors), its seriousness (it plays as a contemporary thriller, rather than with the knowing excesses of certain aspects of the horror genre), and the originality of the movie's Jerry Goldsmith score.

The movie followed a cycle of 'demonic child' movies, such as Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist, and was itself followed by sequels (see below) and a number of copycat films such as the Italian-made Kirk Douglas movie Holocaust 2000.

A remake, The Omen 666, was released on June 6, 2006, a release date chosen because of its reference to the Number of the Beast (666).

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