Hollywood, CA (O! Online) – The 1976 horror classic, “The Omen” has gotten a makeover. The frightening story of an antichrist run amok has been updated for the current times. The original stands as one of the best rated and scary classics in history but critics are claiming that the remake falls far short of its predecessor.
The movie is largely faithful to the original version with contemporary, true life footage of actual evil, including references to Abu Ghraib, stolen elections, graft and corruption, and wholesale murder and destruction interspersed throughout in an attempt to make it appear timely. Critics claim that this is where director John Moore’s concept unexpectedly fell flat.
“In the current times we live in, we have all become so sanitized and propagandized that the horror of the real truth just isn’t that scary,” offered film critic Roger Ebert. “The interspersed current events throughout the movie in actuality work towards turning Damien into a likable, affable, and mischievous little five-year old… almost a “Dennis the Menace”, if you will, rather than a “Chucky”.”
Critics unanimously heralded the return of Mia Farrow as one of the few saving graces of the remake. Farrow portrays a radical, right-wing, baseball bat wielding author cum satanic disciple who adopts Damien as a cause and protects him throughout his career and his ascension to the throne of the Antichrist. It is by far the scariest and most realistic part of the whole film.
“The Omen” premieres today in limited release throughout the country, taking advantage of the date of 06/06/06. There will be hell to pay if you don’t see and believe this movie!