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What was the Omicron variant movie 1964? How can I watch or stream it?

The appearance of the Omicron variant has sent people searching the internet for information about the virus, they found a little cinematic history instead.

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The appearance of the Omicron variant has sent people searching the internet for information about the virus, they found a little cinematic history instead.

The Omicron variant has been creating fresh worries about the covid-19 pandemic, but was it already predicted by popular culture? As people flocked to the internet to find out whatever information they could about the new strain already spreading far afield they stumbled across more than just the virus.

More than one movie has been made using the fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet in its title. The one that has garnered the most attention so far is a 1963 Italian film “Omicron”.

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Omicron in popular culture

The word Omicron it seems is perfect for creating a sinister feel to any production. Talk show host and comedian Stephen Colbert in a recent monologue at the beginning of his show pointed as much out. He had some fun as well playing with President Biden’s mispronunciation of the new variant saying “Omnicron sounds like the evil corporation in a dystopian future that owns your childhood memories.”

At least two movies had been made using the name of the most recent "variant of concern". Both of which have been lost to the memory of most until now. But thanks to the internet nothing ever disappears forever and they are available to watch.

Omicron - 1963

The 1963 Sci-Fi comedy Omicron directed by Italian filmmaker Ugo Gregoretti is a parody of capitalist society. The story centers around an alien scouting Earth in preparation for his species to conquer the planet. In order to evade detection by people he takes over the body of a dead factory worker.

The film was premiered at the 24th Venice International Film Festival. For those who fancy polishing up their Italian they can view it on YouTube. If your Italian is a bit rusty or non-existent there are subtitles.

The Visitor from Planet Omicron - 2014

Keeping with the aliens-taking-over-Earth plot a more recent movie from 2014 "The Visitor from Planet Omicron" is closer to the Omicron covid-19 variant. A good alien in need of a paycheck takes on the sinister job of wiping out the populace of Earth using a botanical virus.

However, as with anyone, he’s won over via his stomach, fed to the gills by a widow in Arizona with the very plants which the virus would destroy. Eventually the tables turn on the evil plotters when he returns home. You can catch this Sci-Fi movie on Amazon Prime Video.

Omikron: The Nomad Soul - 1999

For David Bowie fans, the only videogame that he ever did voiceover for is now coming back in fashion thanks to the new covid-19 variant. "Omikron: The Nomad Soul" was originally released for Microsoft Windows in 1999 and later for Dreamcast. The plot revolves around “an investigation into a case of serial killings, which unravels the supernatural truth behind the city's ancient history.”

Denizens on twitter have been reading into the plot of the creepy video game and music perhaps just a little too much.

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