Picks and Pans Review: The Final Conflict

updated 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/27/1981 AT 01:00 AM EDT

This is the third and, as the title reassuringly indicates, the last chapter of the Omen trilogy, which started back in 1976. You may remember that young Damien Thorn is the Antichrist, an altogether nasty sort potent enough to do away with both Gregory Peck and William Holden. Now, it seems, he has grown up to be a titan of industry, U.S. ambassador to England and a likely candidate for President. Things look bleak indeed for the human race. As in earlier installments, Damien systematically eliminates anyone who looks at him sideways—often dispatching them in ingenious fashion. Directed by Graham Baker, darkly hand-some Sam (My Brilliant Career) Neill gives the devil his due in the central role, yet his diabolical soliloquies seem more silly than sinister. The loyal opposition is provided by a band of Italian monks and a talk-show hostess played by Lisa (All Things Bright and Beautiful) Harrow. A slight improvement on Omen II, this is the most predictable of the Damien series, and moviegoers may say a hearty amen to the revelation that they have been delivered from this particular cinematic evil. (R)

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