The Omen, 1976

Director

Richard Donner

Cast



visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Guildford: Guildford Cathedral

Brookwood: Brookwood Cemetery, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood (rail: Brookwood, from London Waterloo)

Staines: (rail: Staines, from London Waterloo)

Trivia

The 2006 remake of The Omen (after films based on TV shows and computer games, this must be the first based on a date, 06.06.06), though still set in ‘London’, was shot mostly in Prague.

The ‘Jerusalem’ scenes were filmed in Matera, Italy, the town in which Mel Gibson made The Passion of the Christ.

The Omen location: All Saints Church, Fulham, London SW6

The Omen location: the crazed Father Brennan gets spiked: All Saints Church, Fulham, London SW6

The Omen locations include brief visits to Rome (at the beginning) and Israel (to visit Bugenhagen), but most of the film is shot in the UK.

The exterior of the hospital, where the baby is switched, is Rome, sure enough, but the interior is the office of Shepperton Studio, Studios Road, Shepperton in Greater London (which you might recognise as the interior of the O'Connell house in Stephen Sommers' The Mummy Returns).

Before things start to get nasty, young spawn-of-Satan Damien and his family enjoy a day out on Parliament Hill, part of Hampstead Heath near Highgate, north London.

The Omen location: US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, Belgravia, London SW1

The Omen location: the embassy: US Embassy, Grosvenor Square, Belgravia, London SW1

US Ambassador Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is ensconced, naturally, at the American Embassy in Grosvenor Square, in the heart of Belgravia, SW1, where he is confronted by crazy priest Father Brennan (Patrick Troughton, TV’s second Doctor Who). That really is the office of the US Ambassador, filmed in less security-conscious times.

Father Brennan spouts (fake) passages from Revelations alongside the Thames in Bishop's Park, in Fulham, southwest London.

His nearby church, where he gets spiked by the lightning conductor, is All Saints Church, Fulham, which is actually on the north side of Putney Bridge.

Meanwhile, Damien is beginning to betray his diabolical leanings by throwing a major wobbly arriving at Guildford Cathedral and upsetting the monkeys at Windsor Safari Park, which closed in 1992. The site, just outside Windsor, is now the Legoland theme park.

The Omen location: Pyrford Court, Pyrford Common Road, Woking, Surrey

The Omen location: the entrance to the home of US Ambassador Thorn: Pyrford Court, Pyrford Common Road, Woking, Surrey

The palatial home of the US Ambassador, supposedly on ‘Seven Hills Road’, is Pyrford Court, Pyrford (which, at the time, was the deserted Guinness estate), a couple of miles east of Woking in Surrey. A private home, it’s well hidden behind a thick screen of trees and not visible from the road. You can, though, see the elaborate gatehouse, The Bothy, out of which Ambassador Thorn makes his final desperate drive, on the south side of Pyrford Common Road near Upshot Lane.

After suffering a fall in her home, Katherine Thorn (Lee Remick) recuperates in Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road in Harrow, Greater London.

The Omen location: St Peter's Church, Laleham Road, Staines, Middlesex

The Omen location: Ambassador Thorn tries to kill his son: St Peter's Church, Laleham Road, Staines, Greater London

The church, in which Thorn is finally thwarted after being convinced of the diabolical origins of young Damien, is St Peter's, Laleham Road, Staines, Greater London.

The Omen location: American Military Cemetery, Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey

The Omen location: Damien at the Ambassador's funeral: American Military Cemetery, Brookwood Cemetery, Brookwood, Surrey

In the creepy final scene, Damien attends the funeral of the Ambassador at the American Military Cemetery section of Brookwood Cemetery, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Surrey – once the country’s largest cemetery.

Fans of the horror genre might want to know that buried in Brookwood is Dr Robert Knox, the Edinburgh anatomist who was provided with bodies for dissection by notorious graverobbers-turned-murderers Burke and Hare.

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