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“One film, or a series of films, that really informed what we do and the music we make is The Omen, which is a fantastic depiction of evil in real life.
“This is where it becomes hard, because Omens I and II are fantastic. By the time it got to the end of the third act, it was like they said, ‘Oh, wait... Are we letting the Devil win here? We can’t have that. God’s hand has to come down and put an end to it.’ That’s so weak.
“In the Final Conflict, there’s a part where Damien is talking to a statue of Jesus, and he’s really pleading with it. It goes against common sense that the film would end that way. It doesn’t work, because for the first films you’ve proved that the antichrist is supposed to win.
“Somebody must have felt the same way because they eventually made Omen IV, which is not a good movie, but the ending is way better. So all that said, I do think that the Omen phenomenon, including number four, is pretty cool.”