Saturday, October 19, 2013

31 Days of Horror 4: Originals vs. Remakes DAY 19

The Omen (1976) vs. The Omen (2006)
Robert, a U.S. Ambassador to Italy (Gregory Peck) and Katherine Thorn (Lee Remick) are a happy married couple that has everything they both ever desired. They want nothing more in their life except for one thing – a child.
Yet, tragedy strikes the couple when the baby Katherine gives birth to is a stillborn; a priest at the hospital who suggests that he should take a healthy newborn, whose mother had died in childbirth, approaches Robert.
Robert agrees and without telling his wife and the couple relocate from Italy to London, when they arrive, eerie events occur and a warning from a priest leads Robert to believe that the child he took from the hospital in Italy is evil incarnate.
This movie introduced Damian to the world and till this day he continues to scare us and his story continues to fascinate us.
Director, Richard Donner is able to capture mood and hits the audience with some shocking scenes.
Only one word comes to mind when I think of the remake and that’s empty. There’s nothing in the movie that brings it to life, it’s a complete waste of a film.
With the original we had the performances of Peck and Remick and the solid direction of Donner, but here we have nothing.
I could poke jabs into the remake all day and complain about how clunky it all is, but who has the time.
So, which is better?
The Original.

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