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15 years of John Moore’s supernatural horror ‘The Omen’

The Omen is also known as ‘The Omen: 666’. It was released on June 6, 2006. Directed by John Moore and written by David Seltzer, ‘The Omen’ is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name.

The film stars Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, and Mia Farrow. The names of both the movies and the release dates are unique. The film was released on June 6, 2006, referencing the Number of the Beast, and also mirroring the 1976 film’s similar release date of June 6, 1976.

Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber), is an American diplomat, who is stationed in Italy. He is told that his son was stillborn. His unconscious wife Katherine (Julia Stiles) does not know it. Robert adopts an orphaned newborn at the suggestion of the hospital’s chaplain Catholic priest, Father Spiletto (Giovanni Lombardo Radice).

They name him Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) and raise the boy. Robert’s career ascends over the course of the next five years. But, disturbing events occur, including the suicide of Damien’s nanny at his birthday party.

Robert is approached by Father Brennan (Pete Postlethwaite), who claims to have been involved with events surrounding Damien’s birth. There, photographer Keith Jennings (David Thewlis) finds that several of his photographs contain mysterious omens, including premonitions of people’s deaths.

They also hire a new nanny, Baylock (Mia Farrow). Things go out of control when tension rises as Baylock decides without the consent of the Thorns. Later, when Katherine discovers she is pregnant, she wants to abort it in fear of having a child similar to Damien.

Damien, if not a villain, is definitely an omen. Damien causes an accident in which Katherine gets severely injured which results in her miscarriage. Katherine tells Robert that Damien is evil. Robert meets Jennings and searches for Damien’s biological mother. They discover the hospital where Damien was delivered has since been demolished following a fire.

In Subiaco, they meet Father Spiletto, who directs them to a graveyard where they find the grave of Damien’s mother, who is revealed to have been a jackal. To confirm their assumptions, Robert is told to examine Damien for a birthmark in the shape of three sixes (‘666’).

The last shot of the film is intriguing and above all interesting. Damien looks at the audience and smiles as the credits roll. Indeed horrifying!

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Shanku Sharma

Shanku Sharma is a journalist and film-buff. Being a Film Studies student (Master of Mass Communication and Journalism), he likes to read books on cinema and film studies. He also likes to pen down his thoughts on world cinema.

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