Omen, the - Bad Sign

20th Century Fox
Duration: 110min
Category: horror
Available: On DVD
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Why are remakes like this necessary?

Why, when the original film is perfectly fine, must Hollywood refilm these stories with bigger budgets only to produce inferior product to turn a quick buck?

Do the studios feel that modern audiences, especially those on the younger end of the spectrum arenít smart enough to discover the originals on DVD? Are the studios so desperate for good ideas that they turn to recycling old ones and donít even bother to inject anything interesting into the mix?

Look, I am not opposed to remakes. Sometimes they bring something new and interesting to the story as in Peter Jacksonís recent King Kong remake. However I am sick and tired of these glossy, mass market, horror rip offs that do nothing but regurgitate what is already done better before. Is this all the 21st century can offer?

Is The Omen a bad sign of things to come? A signal of the end of good film making? The beginning of the end of its cast which is made up of people who once had potential but now seem to be wasting it?

You probably already know that The Omen is the story of Damien, the son of Satan. You also probably know, if you saw recent remakes of When a Stranger Calls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror or any of the other exploitative horror reworkings to flood cinemas in recent years, that there is nothing new under the sun.

The Omen isnít scary. Instead it has all the trappings of scary. Faux, scary if you will. Instead of actually making things creepy, the film maker throws a whole bunch of things we associate with being creepy at us. This saves him the work of actually making a creepy film.

So instead we get a wide eyed child who says next to nothing, a sweet but ominous nurse, growling black dogs, meaningless religious imagery, you know the whole shebang. Itís all clichť and only scares teenagers until they grow up enough to realise whatís really scary in the world.

Speaking of the real world - and yes, I know how silly I sound asking a movie like The Omen to pretend to live in the real world Ė could someone tell me why the church in this movie knows that the son of Satan is walking around and doesnít do anything about it? Maybe itís just because I recently saw The Da Vinci Code but I kept wondering why there isnít some secret religious order running around trying to kill the son of the beast.

Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, David Thewlis, you are all good, talented actors. Why the hell did you sign on for this kind of crap? Mia Farrow is brilliant casting as the evil nanny. Too bad she gets such a quick and anti-climactic end.

The real sign of the devil isnít 666, it is the dollar signs that drive these kinds of projects instead of studios spending their time making good new films.

The Omen is completely unnecessary. Itís a waste of time. See the original film. Skip this mess and pray they arenít anymore of these silly remakes.

Review By: Collin Smith

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