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The Omen (2006)

With horror remakes doing the rounds at the box office in abundance, someone thought it would be a good idea to remake the Omen for release in 2006, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the original.

The film essentially follows the plot of the original, in this we have Liev Schrieber as a US diplomat living in the UK, echoing the role played by Gregory Peck in the original, who is offered an orphaned child in place of his own, after his own child dies during the birthing process.

As with the original, as soon as he hits five, that's when the problems start. Nanny's start hanging themselves, creepy Rottweiller dogs start hanging round the place and a very bizarre replacement Nanny, played here by Mia Farrow, comes to stay.

This time round it's Pete Postlethwaite playing the local priest, who gives Damien's dad the bad news about what his son really is ,before getting impaled on a church spire. Plus we have Julia Stiles in the role of the ill fated Mrs Thorn. But aside from the odd alternate method of killing, there's very little to distinguish this from the 1976 version and this is where I feel the film is let down.

Also, I just felt that Damien wasn't sufficiently creepy enough. For some reason, he sports a bizarre looking 'basin' haircut throughout the film. I'm not sure why the director thought this would make him look more menacing, as I thought it made him look like 'Mo' out of "The 3 Stooges", but anyways...

If you haven't seen the original version then you'll probably enjoy this, however if you are a fan of the original you may find this little more than just a disappointing rehash. I found the film to be watchable, but not outstanding by any means.

Overall marks : 5/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Rachael Weisz was originally offered the role of Katherine Thorn but had to decline as she was pregnant at the time.

  • Mia Farrow was offered the part of Mrs Blaylock after Julia Stiles recommended her to the director.

  • Italian actor Giovanni Lombardo Raddice (AKA John Morghen), who plays Father Spiletto, was a regular in 80's Italian exploitation films. His more notable credits include "City of the Living Dead", "Cannibal Apocalypse", "House by the Edge of the Park" and the infamous "Cannibal Ferox".

  • The films budget was $25,000,000

  • With few exceptions, virtually the entire film was filmed in and around Prague. For the scene outside the US Embassy, the shots showing The Houses of Parliament and the London Eye in the background were added digitally.

  • The film makers deliberately released this internationally on 06/06/06  in order to cause a bit of controversy and stir up publicity.

  • Harvey Stephens, who played Damien in the original 1976 film, has a brief role in this as a newspaper reporter. He's the one outside the American Embassy asking Robert Thorn "Was she on drugs?" when he's being questioned about the death of the Nanny.

  • The studio had originally wanted a US PG-13 rating for the film, but director John Moore insisted they should make it with an R rating in mind, as he thought people would "smell a cop out" if a remake of the original Omen was to receive a family friendly certificate.

  • The scenes inside the hospital were filmed inside a former Soviet military barracks outside of Prague.

  • The day after they filmed the scene where Robert Thorn discovers the "666" mark on Damien, there was a problem at the lab and all the negatives from this scene were damaged beyond repair.

  • Pierce Brosnan and Jim Carrey where both considered for the role of Robert Thorn.
     

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