The Omen (2006)
The Omen (also known as The Omen: 666) is a 2006 horror film directed by John Moore and was written by David Seltzer (the writer of the original film). It is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name and stars Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, and Mia Farrow. The film was released on June 6, 2006.
After Robert and Katherine Thorn's first child dies, the couple adopts a child and name him Damien. But, neither of them are aware that Damien is actually the Anti-Christ.
Why It Sucks
- The film is a "copy and paste" rehash of the original film with bad acting and boring unwanted extended scenes.
- Completely unnecessary since the franchise was rendered dead fifteen years earlier with the 1991 made for television film Omen IV: The Awakening, which served as the final film in the original franchise.
- It's not even remotely as scary as the original 1976 classic.
- There are pointless scenes from the September 11th attacks and Hurricane Katrina.
- A bunch of scenes drag on for quite some time.
- Poor special effects for the death scenes.
- Severe lack of surprises and twists, which made the original film entertaining and creepy.
- The poster isn't even creepy. It looks lame.
- Poor direction by John Moore.
- The score is overbearing and is not scary like the iconic score by Jerry Goldsmith.
- Useless subplots.
- Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, who plays Damien, does a decent job and this was a good way to start his career in acting.
- The original actor who played Damien in the original 1976 film has a cameo in the film.
The Omen remake received primarily mixed to negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. The film currently holds a 26% "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes with an average of 4.6 out of 10 and a critic consensus that states "Even with the force of a "classic" behind it, remake fever can't hold up the hollowness of this style-drenched Omen." Peter Travers of Rolling Stone awarded the film a one out of four stars and said in his review "Not since Gus Van Sant inexplicably directed a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho has a thriller been copied with so little point or impact."  Nigel Floyd of Time Out described the film as "A disastrously miscast remake of the 1976 horror classic, which retains the apocalyptic themes of David Seltzer's original script but renders them dull and fright-free." Marc Savlov of Austin Chronicle described the film as "[A] finely honed yet utterly pointless remake." Joel Siegel of ABC's Good Morning America gave the film a C+ and said in his review "No gore, no death-defying screams and not too many scares either." . Despite the mostly mixed reviews, the film received positive reviews, Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times awarded the film a three out of four stars and a "thumbs up" in contrast to his negative review of the 1976 original and described it as "a faithful remake of the 1976 film." On Metacritic, the film holds a 43 out of 100 indicating "mixed or average" reviews.
On the film's opening weekend, it opened at #4 and grossed $16,026,496. The total domestic gross was $54,607,383. In foreign countries, it grossed $64,889,140. Overall, the film made $119,496,523 worldwide against its $25 million budget making it a moderate success.