Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Ill Omen

Not a lot of movies get released on Tuesdays, but I guess if your movie is a remake of the 1976 horror classic The Omen the date 6/6/06 is almost two good to pass up. In fact, the smarmy smart asses at The Other Paper have even joked that the only reason the film was even made was to take advantage of the date. As much as I hate to agree with anything printed in that not-fit-even-for-wrapping-fish piece of pseudo-journalistic garbage, I think that they may be onto something, because from all I've seen and heard of this new Omen I can't think of any other reason for it to exist.
The new Omen is billed as a "faithful remake" and comparing trailers from the two films last week, I noticed that many scenes had pretty much recreated exactly. In his review, Frank Gabrenya of The Columbus Dispatch states that the remake was made using the same script of the original. If you're going to remake a movie, especially one as well regarded as the original Omen, then you should have something new to bring to it. A shot for shot rehash like this is simply a waste of time and film, and the studio could have just saved themselves the cost of making this travesty and re-released the original.

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