Peck's jet was struck by lightning while flying to the London set, which was the first indicator of disaster, or might we say, the first omen of The Omen. Three days later, as producer Mace Neufeld was going to England on the same route, his plane was also struck by lightning. He too, died at the age of 47.
Following these two accidents, no other flights were allowed to fly during daylight hours until production resumed after the Christmas break. The crew of The Omen included actors Gregory Peck, Michael Bishop, and Sarah Douglas as well as directors John Fawcett and Richard Thorpe. They were all experienced men who knew what they were doing but who had been hired because they were not available when the film was made. Unfortunately, this lack of experience would prove to be their downfall.
At the time of his death, Peck was involved in a relationship with Sybil Danning. Following her friend's death, she decided to leave her husband Bill Davis who was a famous bodybuilder at the time. She then moved in with Peck who had just turned 50. Although they never married, they had one son together named Marcus Anthony Peck II who was born in 1976. After seven years together, Sybil Danning filed for divorce from Bill Davis citing "irreconcilable differences". She subsequently dated actor James Caan and retired from acting due to pregnancy. Today, she lives in California with her son. Gregory Peck remained single all his life.
The Omen/Release date is June 25, 1976 in the United States. It was also released on July 7, 1976 in Canada.
The Omen won the Best Picture award at the 50th Academy Awards. It is also considered by some to be one of the best films of all time.
The story focuses on the life of David Collins, a young man who becomes concerned when his family starts having problems with their next-door neighbor, Mr. McKay. David decides to find out what is wrong with Mr. McKay and why he seems to be causing so much trouble for everyone around him. He finds out that Mr. McKay is actually the Antichrist himself and plans to kill all of humanity except for his own children, who will rule over a new world order after killing most of the existing population.
This movie is based on the novel of the same name written by Richard Bachman. The original book was not intended to be a novel, but rather a collection of short stories about different people. However, due to its success, the author decided to turn it into a full-length novel.
A lion attacked to death a zookeeper on set to tame baboons the day after they finished their work in The Omen (1976). But, unfortunately, special effects director John Richardson and his assistant, Liz Moore, were killed in a vehicle accident shortly after the filming was concluded.
This scene was removed from the released version of the film but can be found on some home video releases of the movie. It's about 30 minutes into the film, just before the birth scene that follows it.
The Omen (2006) has this same scene except now it's live action instead of being in black-and-white like the original film. In this version, a woman named Pauline Hurst is having a baby right up until the moment when she loses her life. Then, another woman named Pauline Hurst takes over where the first one left off.
It's about 10 minutes into the film, just before the baptism scene that follows it.
In both cases, someone is playing with fire. Either the lion tamer or the actress knew there was a good chance that they would be killed by the lion but chose to continue living anyway. These people were not only putting themselves in dangerous situations but also those who cared about them as well.