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The Final Conflict 1981 ***

The third film in the Omen trilogy is a departure from the usual format, instead spinning a weirdly apocalyptic scenario in which devil’s son Damien (Sam Neill) ascends to the heights of big business through Thorn Industries, and sets his sights on becoming US president. Standing in his way are South Pacific star Rossanno Brazzi and a team of noble but incompetent monks, leading to logic-defying set pieces in a TV studio, at a fox hunt, and a notable conclusion in which Christ comes down from cross and boxes Damien’s ears for his naughtiness. Disturbing elements such as a series of baby murders and a brief cameo from Ruby Wax aside, Graham Baker’s weird and often wonderfully silly film is fun to watch for genre fans.

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