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The Omen:666

Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Moore
Produced by John Moore
Written by David Seltzer
Starring Liev Schreiber
Julia Stiles
Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Mia Farrow
Music by Marco Beltrami
Cinematography Jonathan Sela
Editing by Dan Zimmerman
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) June 6, 2006
Running time 110 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25,000,000
Gross revenue $119,498,909
Preceded by Omen IV: The Awakening

The Omen (also known as The Omen: 666) is a 2006 remake of Richard Donner's The Omen of 1976 and thus a part of The Omen series. Directed by John Moore and written by David Seltzer, the film stars Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles and Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick.

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Plot

Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) is an American diplomat, stationed in Italy. He is told that his first-born son died soon after birth and to spare the anguish of his still unconscious wife, Katherine (Julia Stiles), Robert accepts the suggestion of the hospital's Catholic priest, Father Spiletto (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) to secretly adopt another newborn whose mother died in childbirth. Robert and Katherine raise the boy as their own and name him Damien.

Robert's career ascends over the course of the next five years. He is named Deputy Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and after the ambassador dies in a bizarre accident, he becomes Ambassador and settles into a large estate just outside London. Disturbing events seem to revolve around Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick), the most prominent being his nanny hanging herself at his birthday party, driven to do so by a large black dog. Soon afterward, Robert is approached by a Father Brennan (Pete Postlethwaite), who delivers an eerie warning and seems to know the truth about Damien's birth, at which point Robert has him escorted out. Meanwhile, photographer Keith Jennings (David Thewlis) finds out that several of his photographs contain mysterious lightning flashes, later revealed to foreshadow a series of shocking deaths.

A new nanny, Mrs. Baylock (Mia Farrow), is hired and tells Damien that she's been sent to protect him. Tension between Mrs. Baylock and the Thorns rises when the nanny starts to make decisions against their wishes, including bringing a large black watchdog (a large Rottweiler) without their consent. On the way to the previous nanny's funeral, Damien becomes terrified as they approach the church, attacking Katherine. Katherine now experiences the first premonition/nightmare dream about Damien. A field trip to the city zoo ends with primates going wild at the sight of the child. Katherine suspects that there is something not right about Damien, that he is not like other children. Katherine again experiences a premonition dream and awakes in panic. She goes downstairs and discovers Damien making a peanut butter sandwich in the middle of the night. She calls out but Damien simply takes the sandwich walking past Katherine to his room with a deadly blank stare. Robert again meets with Father Brennan, who tells him that Damien must die and a man called Bugenhagen, located in Meggido, can show him how. Enraged at this, Robert sends him away again. Father Brennan, sensing something evil, with thunder and lightening all around, torrential rain, demon like growls and sounds, and nearly hit with a lightening bolt, attempts to seek shelter in a church. However, the door is mysteriously bolted shut. A lightening bolt now strikes the church steeple also causing stained glass to break. He is impaled by a large steel rod which falls from the roof of the church. Shards of stained glass rain down embedding into his face as his large silver and gem studded crucifix cross falls from his neck to the rain and blood soaked ground.

Upon discovering she is pregnant, Katherine wants to have an abortion, as she is afraid to have another child like Damien. Robert however is against the abortion. Shortly afterward, Katherine is knocked off the landing by Damien riding his scooter, and tumbles over the balcony. He refuses her pleading for help and she falls to the floor, severely injuring her and causing her to lose the baby. After the bedridden Katherine begs her husband, "Don't let him kill me.", Robert finally becomes suspicious that something is amiss with his son.

Fueled by the warnings given to him by Father Brennan and further information from Keith Jennings including a birthmark resembling 666, Robert and Jennings go in search of Damien's real mother. After meeting a nun in Rome, he discovers that the hospital has burned down. Robert and Jennings go to a monastery in Subiaco and meet Father Spiletto, now wheelchair ridden and badly disfigured (his face ashen white looking like a Devil's gargoyle) tells them where to find Damien's mother. He finds the grave of Maria Avedici Santoya, Damien's real mother, in the old cemetery of Cerveteri, and find out that it contains the skeleton of a jackal, revealing that Damien cannot be human. In the neighboring tomb, Robert discovers the corpse of a human infant with a cracked skull. He realizes his biological son was murdered at birth. He and Jennings are then attacked by a pack of rottweilers, and barely escape over the fence.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Baylock visits Katherine in the hospital under the pretense of delivering flowers and then murders Katherine by an air embolism by sticking an empty syringe into her IV. "Almost done," Mrs. Baylock exclaims as she restrains the screaming Katherine.

After discovering the death of Katherine, Robert decides to follow Brennan's advice and go to Megiddo and meet Bugenhagen (Michael Gambon), who tells them that Damien is the long-prophesied Antichrist, and therefore must die by using ancient sacred sacrificial knives. Bugenhagen advises Robert to search Damien for the 666 birthmark. Robert at first states his disbelief in any 666 markings on his son, thus disbelieving Bugenhagen, God and the devil and refuses to kill his son and starts to leave. Jennings, however, is determined to go through with the plan, picks up the knives in its pouch and leaves. Jennings (upon a brief exchange of words with Robert outside) is immediately decapitated by a falling sign that was dislodged after a roofing sledge hammer slides off a roof striking the sign's hinge. This graphic decapitation causes Robert to become ill, and to change his mind.

After a long pensive flight back, he arrives home during a torrential rain and lightening storm. The dog is snarling and attacking, (Robert manages to trap the dog in an open floor laundry bin hole) the cabinets are swinging open, wildly banging. Robert then goes upstairs to Damien's room. Robert quietly cuts a large lock of Damien's hair to reveal a 666 birthmark on his head. In absolute horror Mrs. Baylock, secretly in the room, attacks without warning. After fighting off an attack by her, Robert takes Damien to his car with the dog frantically barking, Mrs. Baylock running after them, lightning and Damien's screams are constantly heard. Robert then kills Mrs. Baylock by running her over with the car after she repeatedly smashes at the windshield with a shovel. Robert drives frantically (crashing through his iron gate with law enforcement sirens blaring) to a church to kill Damien on consecrated ground, but just as he is about to strike the blow with the sacred knife, he is killed by an officer of the Diplomatic Protection Group with a laser scoped rifle. Scene fades with the crucified Christ statue at the altar looking down.

Robert's funeral – shown in parallel to the death of the Pope – is attended by the President of the United States. After the service is over, the Secret Service informs the President that his car is waiting. The next shot shows the President holding the hand of Damien, both with backs to the camera. The last shot shows Damien slowly turning around, giving the camera a gaze and then an evil smile. The music with ominous tones fills the air as credits roll.

Cast

Production

Principal photography began on October 3, 2005 at Barrandov Studios in Prague, Czech Republic

Release and reception

The film was released on June 6, 2006, at 06:06:06 in the morning. This symbolically represents the number 666, the biblical Number of the Beast.

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Box office

The film recorded the highest opening Tuesday box office gross in domestic box office history in the United States, by earning more than $12 million. Fox initially stated that the film earned US$ 12,633,666 on its first day, but later Bruce Snyder, Fox's president of distribution, said admitted that they were "having a little fun" by manipulating the figure to contain the number of the beast in the last three digits.[1]

The film ended grossing $119,498,909 worldwide, making it a modest success on a budget of $25 million. It finished as the 59th highest-grossing film of 2006, the 12th highest-grossing R-rated movie of 2006 and the 2nd highest domestic gross of The Omen series when adjusted for inflation. The 1976 original remains the top earner in the series.

Critical response

The film received a mixed set of reviews. The film currently has a rating of 43 out of 100 on Metacritic denoting that overall the film has received mixed feedback or reviews of an average nature.[2] 26% of reviews collected on Rotten Tomatoes were positive.[3]

James Berardinelli commented that "On every level, The Omen isn't just bad film making, it's bad storytelling." and especially criticised the film's similarity to the original film, which he also greatly disliked[4] Rolling Stone also made the latter point: "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"[5]

Roger Ebert however gave the film "two thumbs up" praising John Moore for letting the strong story unfold itself rather than foregrounding visual effects,[6] while the Washington Post's Stephen Hunter praised the film: "It's handsome in the way it's fast-moving: sleek, well-engineered, full of gooses and honks. Some of the casting seems a little off. Still, it works."[7]

Other critical quotes are as follows:

  • "John Moore's remake - while arguably better than its source - can't help but feel a bit stale." - BBC fim review[citation needed]
  • "This film is for people who've never seen the original, and who are easily scared by mediocre horror films"-Eric. D. Snider[citation needed]
  • "Director John Moore has added some creepy visuals and assembled an unusually strong cast for a horror flick." - New York Post[citation needed]
  • "Competently made, and enjoyably played. But you do really end up wondering what the point was. Cinematic déjà vu is the most likely response." - Empire Magazine[citation needed]

While Seamus Davey-Fitzpatricks performance did win him a Chainsaw award from Fangoria magazine for "Creepiest Kid", David Thewlis had been nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for "Worst Supporting Actor" in 2007.[8]

Differences between the 1976 and 2006 versions

  • In the original, Damien knocked Katherine over the railings by bumping his tricycle into the chair she was standing on at the time. In this version, Damien used his scooter instead.
  • In the original, there is no scene showing the death of the ambassador whom Robert succeeds.
  • In the remake, recent events were purported to fulfill Biblical end-time prophesies, such as the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the Indian Ocean tsunami and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • In the original 1976 film, Robert finds out about the death of Father Brennan via a newspaper from a mysterious caller on the telephone. In this remake, he finds out from a news website from a hyperlink sent by Tom via e-mail.
  • In the original, during the early stages of Katherine's suspicions concerning Damien, she becomes irritated by him playing with the balls on a snooker table and asks Robert to have him removed from the room. In this remake, however, it is Damian's noisy videogames that causes Katherine's annoyance.
  • In the original Katherine is pushed out of a hospital window by Mrs. Baylock instead of dying from an embolism when Mrs. Baylock injects air into her IV as in the remake.
  • Katherine, played by Julia Stiles in this remake, has 2 vivid nightmares during the course of the film. In the original, there are no such scenes.
  • In the remake, Robert Thorn is an atheist. In the original, there's no mention to his religious or metaphysical beliefs.
  • In the original film, Keith Jennings is decapitated by a piece of glass which catapulted off the back of a truck. In this version, he is decapitated by the top bar of a metal sign when the screw is knocked out causing it to swing down.
  • Mrs. Baylock dies when Robert stabs her in the neck and shoulder with kitchen utensils in the original. Here, he runs her over with his car. This was the original intended ending in both the book and original film, which featured as a deleted scene in the 30th Anniversary DVD edition.
  • The nanny who commits suicide at Damien's Birthday Party sees a black Alsatian in the distance and falls into a trance. We never see the Alsatian for the rest of the film. In the original, the Nanny makes eye contact with a Rottweiler who later becomes Damien's protector in the house with Mrs. Baylock.
  • In this remake, Kate and Damien visit the Zoo as part of a school trip. In the original, this scene was just a family outing. The animals distracted in this remake were species of monkey and gorilla. In the original, Giraffes and Baboons were the main animals who reacted to Damien's presence. Also noted is that Kate and Damien are not seen in their car as opposed to the original where most of the horror took place.
  • Objects of a red color were designed for this film to signify danger. Such items in this remake include flowers, a coat and a balloon.
  • The first meeting of Father Brennan and Robert Thorn in the original took place in Thorn's Office but in this version the meeting took place in the lobby of the Embassy. The second meeting also was in a different environment as the original took place at a Rugby match in Windsor whilst the remake decided to make this scene take place at an Opera event.
  • In this remake, when Father Brennan is impaled by the church spire, shards of stained glass also fall and embed in his face. This does not happen in the original.
  • In the original, when Father Brennan and Robert Thorn meet, Brennan tries to tell Robert that Damien's mother was a Jackal, but is cut off. In the remake, Father Brennan completes his sentence.
  • In the original, Katherine comforts Damien when the Nanny commits suicide. The remake reversed the parent roles as Robert shields Damien from the tragedy instead.
  • In the original, the soundtrack, (which won an Academy Award for 'Best Score') uses Gothic songs that strike terror into the viewer. In this version, however, the soundtrack plays a far smaller role.

Connections to other films

DVD and Blu-ray

The film was released in the US on Region 1 DVD on October 17, 2006.[9] It was released in the UK, on a Region 2 DVD on October 23, 2006.[10] It was released in Australia, on a Region 4 DVD on March 7, 2007.

The film was released on blu-ray on Nov 14, 2006.

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The Omen (released on June 6th) is a 2006 horror film, a remake of the 1976 horror film starring Gregory Peck and Lee Remick. Like the original, the film stars A-list actors, such as Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, David Thewlis, Mia Farrow and Michael Gambon.

Directed by John Moore. Written by David Seltzer
His day will come. Taglines

Contents

Robert Thorn

  • [To Jennings] Listen to yourself. Listen to what you're saying. You want me to stab a child. A little boy. Can't you see how insane that is? It isn't real, Keith. There is no devil, there is no God-- there is only here and now and life. And that is something I would never take away from any man, certainly not my own son.
  • [Last words] Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread [Cries] and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation--

Keith Jennings

  • Well if you won't, I will.

Father Brennan

  • Accept responsibility, Mr. Thorn. You did it. You let them do it.
  • I was at the hospital, Mr. Thorn... the night your son was born.
  • Your son, Mr. Thorn... the Son of the Devil.
  • You'll see me in Hell, Mr. Thorn. We'll spend eternity together.

Others

  • Unnamed Bishop: [To Pope (translated)] Your Holiness, the prophecy is in the Book of Revelation, 8:7. [Begins a slide] "When the First Angel blew his trumpet, wind and rain pounded the earth. When the Second Angel blew his trumpet, mountains of fire came tumbling down. [Refrencing 9/11] When the Third Angel blew his trumpet, a flaming star fell from above." [Referencing the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster], flaming like a torch. When the Fourth Angel blew his trumpet, the sea rose up and swallowed two hundred thousand people. [Referencing the Indian Ocean Tsunami] When the Fifth Angel blew his trumpet, a star fell from heaven to earth and to Him was the key to the bottomless pit. When the Sixth Angel blew his trumpet, the Beast was freed from the bottomless pit and wreaked havoc upon the earth."
  • Unnamed Bishop: [Translated] Your Holiness, the sequence of events has been successfully interpreted. The appearance of the comet only confirms our worst fear. We stand now, on the eve of Armageddon. The darkest evil this way comes and He will do battle for our very souls.

Dialogue

Robert Thorn: Very sorry. Send me the bill. I'll take care of it.
Keith Jennings: That's all right, Mr. Ambassador. Let's just say that you owe me one.

Robert Thorn: Father Brennan. Robert Thorn. What can I do for you?
Father Brennan: We haven't much time, Mr. Thorn.
Robert Thorn: Time for what?
Father Brennan: We must accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior. Accept him now. Ask for his forgivenss. Take Holy Communion, Mr. Thorn. Drink of his blood, eat of his flesh. For only when he is within you can you defeat the Devil's Son.
Robert Thorn: I'm sorry, Father. I--
Father Brennan: Accept responsibility, Mr. Thorn. You did it. You let them do it.
Robert Thorn: I think there's been some mistake, Father. If you'll excuse me...
Father Brennan: He's killed before. He'll kill again. He'll kill until everything that's yours is his.
Robert Thorn: Forgive me, Father, but I really should get back to work. Sorry. [Walks away]
Father Brennan: I was at the hospital, Mr. Thorn. [Robert stops.] The night your son was born.

Father Brennan: I... participated. I witnessed the birth. I beg of you, please, Mr. Thorn.
Robert Thorn: What do you want?
Father Brennan: I want to save you, Mr. Thorn. So Christ will save me and rescue me from Eternal Damnation.
Robert Thorn: What do you know about my son?
Father Brennan: Everything. I saw its mother.
Robert Thorn: [Shocked] You saw my wife.
Father Brennan: No. I saw its mother.
Robert Thorn: You're reffering to my wife.
Father Brennan: Its mother, Mr. Thorn. Its mother.
Robert Thorn: Okay, that's enough.

Robert Thorn: You've got five minutes. Now tell me why I'm here.
Father Brennan: "When the Jews return to Zion, When a comet rips the sky, When the Holy Roman Empire rises, Then you and I must die. From the Eternal Sea, He rises, creating armies on either shore, turning man against his brother, till man exists no more."
Robert Thorn: You said my wife is in danger.
Father Brennan: Go to the town of Meggido, in the walled city of Dezrahel, there lives an old man named Bugenhagen. He alone can describe how the child must die.
Robert Thorn: What child? What are you talking about?
Father Brennan: Your son, Mr. Thorn. The Son of the Devil.
Robert Thorn: I came here because you said my wife was in danger.
Father Brennan: She's pregnant.
Robert Thorn: That's impossible.
Father Brennan: That's what they told you, Mr. Thorn. He'll not allow the child to be born. He'll kill it while it slumbers in the womb. He'll kill the unborn child, and then he'll kill your wife. And then, when he is certain to inherit all that you have, then, Mr. Thorn, then... he'll kill you.
Robert Thorn: That's enough.
Father Brennan: He has to die, Mr. Thorn. You must act now or all will be lost. Go to the town of Megiddo. See Bugenhagen before it's too late.
Robert Thorn: Now you listen to me. I don't know who you are or what you want but you stay away from my family. Do you understand? I don't want to see or hear from you ever again. [Leaves]
Father Brennan: You'll see me in hell, Mr. Thorn. We'll spend eternity together.

Keith Jennings: Thorn, stop! Stop. Look, you can't walk away from this. What the fuck did you think he was gonna say? Why else have we come here?
Robert Thorn: He's a drunk. An insane, delusional drunk. And, like all other religious fanatics, thinks that arcane scriptures justify killing.
Keith Jennings: What about me?
Robert Thorn: What about you?
Keith Jennings: What about the photographs? What if I'm next?
Robert Thorn: [Stops, then walks over to Jennings] Listen to yourself. Listen to what you're saying. You want me to stab a child? [Takes the knives from Jennings] A little boy. Can't you see how insane that is? It isn't real, Keith. There is no devil. There is no God. There is only here, and now, and life. And that is something I would never take away from any man. Certainly not my own son. [Throws the knives into an alley]
Keith Jennings: Well, if you won't, I will.

[Robert is holding Damien in a church]
Robert Thorn: Our Father, who art in Heaven. Hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread [cries]. And forgive us our trespasses, [Prepares the dagger] as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation...
Damien Thorn: Please, daddy, no.
[Several police officers enter]'
Officer: STOP!!! [Fires his gun, killing Robert]

Cast

Taglines

  • His day will come.
  • On the 6th day, of the 6th month, of the 6th year, his day will come.
  • The prophecy is clear. The signs are unmistakable. On the 6th day of the 6th month in the year 2006, his day will come.

See also

External links

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