Of all the world's cursed film productions, The Omen is considered to have one of the worst movie curses of all time. The 1976 film tells the story of a man who accidentally adopts the Antichrist as his son and the movie remains one of horror's most successful franchises. But what was so odious about the set that led producers to believe the devil was punishing them for making the movie? Is The Omen really cursed?
The Omen followed in the footsteps of two of the most successful horror films of the 1970s and hoped to use the popularity of those films to attract audiences. Producers should have been warned that they were also film sets that were haunted: in the end, the Rosemary's Baby curse and the curse of The Exorcist may have not only given The Omen their desirable audiences, but also their forsaken curses.
The Omen film set haunting includes death, injury, and lots of lightning bolts: after all, the creator himself warned the cast and crew that Satan wasn't going to like what they were doing. Here's what happened behind the scenes of The Omen movie and why, despite its several sequels and a 2006 remake, it remains one of history's movies that indeed may have angered Satan himself.
After surviving the lightning-induced terror on his overseas flight, producer Mace Neufeld was involved in a few other curse-related incidents. While staying at a Hilton hotel in London, he and his wife were given an early check-out when the Irish Republican Army blew up the building. Luckily, neither were in the hotel at the time and weren't killed. Several days later, Neufeld, several other producers, and Gregory Peck were headed to a restaurant when the IRA also bombed the building. Although many people view these scary incidents as part of the Omen curse, considering the IRA was involved in a large number of London explosions at the time, maybe the cast and crew escaping twice is actually a miracle.
In order to get some aerial shots for the film, the crew hired a local small plane. At the last minute, the aircraft company changed plans and rented the plane to another group of people. According to one story, it was Chinese businessmen who made the pilot a better deal and got the plane instead. Whatever the real story, The Omen crew was told they would have to wait until later that day. This turned out to be an extremely lucky turn of events since the plane they were supposed to be on crashed, allegedly flying into a flock of birds upon takeoff, crashing through a fence, and hitting a car. How many people died in the incident varies by story, but the disaster is nevertheless proof of the possible Omen curse.
When stuntman Alf Joint was done filming scenes for The Omen, he went to work on A Bridge Too Far but the curse may have followed him. For one shot, he was to jump off a tall building and land on an airbag, something he'd successfully done before with no issue. This time, however, he jumped in an awkward way and landed not on the safe cushy pad but instead on the ground. Seriously injured, he was rushed to the hospital and luckily survived. When he regained consciousness, he said he felt like he'd been pushed. Although no proof of his claim was ever found, the fact that he jumped suddenly and in an unusual way could mean he was telling the truth.
In June of 1975, Gregory Peck's son Johnathan was found to have shot himself in the head. Although there was no note, his death was ruled a suicide and Peck was devastated at the loss. His agent brought the role of Richard Thorn to his attention since he wanted Peck to channel his grief into a project, despite the fact the role was a man who must kill his son. Peck signed on and arrived on set in an understandably morose mood, powered through, and was rewarded with The Omen being one of his most financially successful films. William Holden, on the other hand, had also been offered the part of Richard Thorn but turned it down. When he saw how successful the film had been, he quickly jumped on board Omen II.