The Omen: how to make exactly the same movie twice and ruin it
A review copy of the 2006 remake of The Omen (R2 UK) arrived this morning. I can’t exactly claim that I had high hopes for this latest Hollywood cash-in (a movie made entirely because of the marketing possibilities of a 6/6/06 release date, it would seem), but jeez Louise! Even I wasn’t expecting it to be as bad as it turned out. I mean, it uses almost exactly the same script as the original (a writer called Dan McDermott was brought in to “update” it, but the changes he made were so minor that the Writers’ Guild of America didn’t even give him credit), and the original is one of my favourite films of all time. I figured that it would at least be competent, if unremarkable. Sadly, I was wrong. The new Omen is not merely bad, it’s a shit film.
I’ll have a full review up before too long (probably October 16th, when reviews of the new UK releases of the first four Omen films will also be going up at DVD Times), so I’ll be brief. Crap acting, crap music, crap “scares”, crap direction (seriously, this is the one horror remake I’ve seen that actually looks less slick than the original), and Jesus Christ, the kid playing Damien is the worst of the lot. Scowling at the camera and wearing pasty make-up does not a scary child make, people. A couple of intriguing dream sequences nonewithstanding, this film is a worthless waste of celluloid. I didn’t think it was possible to take a classic film and screw it up this badly, but sadly I was mistaken. 3/10