The Omen

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The Omen
Review (5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

After seeing the remake of 1976's "The Omen" I was left contemplating something that has crossed my mind in the past but never stayed there long enough to make me think twice about it. Why does Hollywood keep remaking horror movies that probably don't need to be remade? Psycho - didn't need to be remade. Amityville Horror -didn't need to be done again. Texas Chainsaw Massacre? When A Stranger Calls? House of Wax? (I guess a lot of people liked seeing Paris getting offed.) I have to admit I was kind of excited to see The Omen but wasn't expecting too much or too little. I've seen the 1976 movie but probably saw it in 1977 when I was just getting out of diapers so I couldn't remember too much about it except that a little kid named Damien was possessed by the devil and nobody for the next 15 years named their newborn child Damien.

Well, the remake isn't much different. A young, rich couple has a baby that dies at birth and instead of telling his wife their child died, the weasel husband is given a baby that they raise as their own until they start to realize this kid isn't normal. And by not normal, I mean he has evil dogs following him around, a crazy nanny who hangs herself as a dedication to him, the monkeys at the zoo hate him, he freaks out when he gets close to a church and his birth mark just happens to be the numbers 666. It seems the kid doesn't really do a whole lot with his time either. In fact, he barely speaks and just seems to stare. Eventually after a series of tragic events, the weasel husband finally comes to the realization that the child he stole from the hospital is the devil and it's probably a good idea that he take the advice of a deranged priest and get rid of the kid before horns pop out of his head and he really starts to wreak havoc.

That's pretty much The Omen in a nutshell. It stars Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles as the husband and wife and Mia Farrow as the cuckoo nanny. The boy who plays Damien isn't nearly as scary as he should have been. His blank stares are less than intimidating. Mia Farrow's nanny was more comical than creepy but I have to admit that towards the end of the movie, she stepped it up a notch. In general, the movie does not have many scares but the last 20 minutes or so isn't too bad. It has a handful of moments that should make you jump in your seat and for the sadistic movie fan, there are a few decent kills. Unfortunately, there are scenes that end up being funny when they shouldn't be and other scenes that will leave you scratching your head. If your child's nanny lets a homeless pitbull terrier into your house, would you politely ask her to get rid of it in the morning? Apparently, Robert Thorn (Schreiber) would. Strange indeed.

In the end, 2006's version of The Omen is nothing more than an average movie with a few cheap thrills. I'm not sure a big screen movie has really put a genuine chill into me since Kathy Bates got into the hot tub in About Schmidt but nevertheless, this movie is not a total write off. As I said, it has its moments. Unfortunately, the only thing I really got from this movie is the question "why"? Why was it made? I'm sure some studio flunky with an expensive suit sitting behind a big desk in a corner office noticed that on June 6, 2006, the numbers 6-6-6 made for a catchy release date for a movie about the devil. So instead of coming up with an original idea he decided to redo a movie that didn't deserve to be redone in the first place. God help us all.

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