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Overall Rating
2.09

Awesome: 9.4%
Worth A Look: 11.11%
Average: 8.55%
Pretty Bad: 21.37%
Total Crap49.57%

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Omen, The (2006)
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by Doug Bentin

"Dogs and cats living together. Real wrath-of-God type stuff."
4 stars

In spite of a bland, heart-isn’t-in-it performance from Julia Stiles as a mom who thinks her child is evil and wants to kill her, “The Omen” works surprisingly well. I guess she was born without that specific gothic melodrama gene that’s necessary to see you through pictures like this one. It really helps to have it even if you’re just going to watch these flicks.

Stiles is Katherine Thorn, wife of Robert (Liev Schreiber, doing a nice job building up to his climactic breakdown), who is the U.S. president’s godson and a riser in the ranks of the diplomatic corp. Their first born dies on the delivery table but a priest asks Robert to raise another newborn as his own. This infant’s mother died in delivery and he has no family. Cue the sinister music. Thorne agrees and he and his unsuspecting wife take baby Damien home.

Five years later all Hell doesn’t quite break out but it sure starts straining at the seams. Damien’s nanny hangs herself in front of a birthday gathering. Another nervous priest (Pete Postlewaite) tells Thorne that Damien is the son of Satan and that his real mother is buried under an ugly pyramid thingy in Paris. Wait—I’m thinking of another movie.

Then a new nanny sort of insinuates herself into the household. It’s Mia Farrow, who pulls about the same stuff on the Thornes she used to pull on Woody Allen. Thorne starts working with a photographer who convinces him that something wicked is this way coming, and that they must destroy Damien because he is the Antichrist. Katherine begins to suspect something like that, too, but so will many of you mothers before school starts up again if you have to stay home with your kids every day

Director John Moore (“Flight of the Phoenix”) and screenwriter David Seltzer (who wrote the 1976 original version of the film as well) do a more than creditable job of piling one odd occurrence on top of another to lead us down the garden path. The film contains four solid jump moments, the last one of which elicited a group gasp, even from the seven thoughtless ones in my audience who had been checking their cell phones every ten minutes since the movie started. Guys, those lights shine in the eyes of the people sitting behind you. Just thought I’d mention it.

The assorted priests and such are played by the kind of Brit character actors—David Thewlis and Michael Gambon among them—who may not love this kind of creepshow but are professional enough to take acting in it seriously, and newcomer Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, as Damien, is one creepy-looking kid. If you had a portrait of your son painted by Edward Gorey, it would look like this.

“The Omen,” like “The DaVinci Code,” draws on the standard mechanisms of the classic gothic romance—thunderstorms, the dark side of Catholicism, cemeteries in the moonlight, etc.—but “Omen” is the superior film. It’s the scariest horror movie so far this year.

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originally posted: 06/20/06 03:43:38
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User Comments

2/14/17 morris campbell trash watch the original enough said 1 stars
10/29/10 millersxing risible trash 1 stars
1/06/10 art A SHOT FOR SHOT remake of the 76 horror film,it's a real HOMAGE! 4 stars
11/23/09 Jeff Wilder Hollywood needs to lay off on the damn classic horror remakes. What's next, The Exorcist? 2 stars
11/09/09 David A. a feeble rehash of the original 2 stars
6/23/09 Ashutosh great film 4 stars
2/11/09 martz Cool film. Bit of a crappy ending though. 4 stars
2/09/09 mark dedasco Got a serious kick out of this stylish remake 5 stars
1/25/09 John leaper was the bomb 5 stars
1/11/09 filibuster fred Rockin remake- really loved it!!! 5 stars
10/31/08 Shaun Wallner This movie stinks!! 1 stars
4/14/08 art A SCENE FOR SCENE REMAKE OF THE 76 ORIGINAL STICK TO THE 76 ORIGINAL 1 stars
4/02/08 superfriek this movie ROCKS 5 stars
2/06/08 Mick Damian looks like a future Special Olympics entry, instead of the devil. 1 stars
10/24/07 Ivana Mann The most uninspired, lazy remake I've ever seen.One word sums up the making of this: WHY? 1 stars
6/18/07 fools♫gold Yeah, awasteoftime ifyou'renotin aloudtheater forthose2scares that aren't worth mentioning. 1 stars
2/09/07 Stanley Thai It wasn't good but it wasn't bad either. 3 stars
2/04/07 steve owen the devil made me watch it!! 1 stars
2/03/07 Vip Ebriega Scary, but when you watch it, you'll keep looking for the original. 4 stars
1/07/07 Quicksilver It takes special effects and makes the movie scarier.This is not an insult but a tribute 5 stars
12/19/06 Indrid Cold It's slick enough, but highly predictable and unscary. 2 stars
12/18/06 JeromeBosch I anticipated so much worse…This was quite entertaining. 3 stars
12/13/06 mig Oh man, what a bad thing! 1 stars
12/09/06 tiffany Seemed pretty good to me... 4 stars
12/05/06 Anonymous It was bland, the original was basically better, but i hate the filming of the 1976 film. 2 stars
10/21/06 Chri s Mazur Hauntingly bad. I can't believe John Moore got paid to make another really shitty movie. 1 stars
8/06/06 Erik Van Sant Laughably bad. Do yourself a favor and BUY the original. 1 stars
7/30/06 Doug It has the artistic subtlety of an airhorn. 1 stars
7/25/06 DK The best of the recent crop of remakes better than original 5 stars
7/15/06 michael worth checking out 3 stars
7/15/06 Alfred Guy Why was this made? 2 stars
6/26/06 Laura Really quite good although somewhat too much like the original. 4 stars
6/20/06 Jason Hyde Pete Postlethwaite, you are no Patrick Troughton 1 stars
6/20/06 joan isenberg the unremarkable tendency of people to confuse evil with evil. 5 stars
6/19/06 Emily A waste of time, nothing could beat the original, no suspense,extremely bland 3 stars
6/16/06 Satanic Majesty Painful to watch, dull, lifeless and a waste of time 1 stars
6/13/06 David Fowler Pointless, flat remake of one of the greatest horror films ever made. Bland and silly. 1 stars
6/13/06 Tasia I just saw this movie today..I thought it was great..just like the original, very well done 5 stars
6/13/06 TyrantisTerror Anthony G is correct, this film is a laugh riot. Bugenhagen. 1 stars
6/11/06 Anthony G Funniest movie of the year!!!!!! oh, wait a second.... 1 stars
6/10/06 gman Did anyone notice the mircophone in about 4 scenes 2 stars
6/10/06 Ole Man Bourbon Pretty half-assed in all facets 2 stars
6/09/06 Mason FUH KEENG WEAK!!! GO RENT THE ORIGINAL MALL PEOPLE!! 1 stars
6/09/06 Sumixam fans will dig, didn't realise full potential though 4 stars
6/09/06 Shoshannah I would deffinitely pay to see it again! 5 stars
6/09/06 DK AWESOMO 5 stars
6/08/06 San Lamar just do yourself a favor and only watch the original 1 stars
6/08/06 Stephen P. Robertson This is a mockery of the original 1 stars
6/08/06 A Bomb The movie was mad as, but doesnt surpas the original, 5 stars
6/07/06 John T Better than the original, a must see NOT! 1 stars
6/07/06 Haether mctathey your movie was crapy and shitty!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  06-Jun-2006 (R)
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