The son of Satan has arrived.

No, no, this has nothing to do with the child of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. It's just another recycled big screen horror flick. Horror movies are so hot right now, Hollywood just can't stop cranking out remakes along with the originals. And, sure enough, just in time for its 30-year anniversary, here's a whole new version of The Omen, starring Mia Farrow, Julia Stiles, Pete Postlethwaite, and Liev Schreiber.

The "son of Satan" plotline has opened the door for 20th Century Fox to vigorously market this new Omen to Christian audiences, just as Sony did with The Da Vinci Code. This week, I received a pamphlet in the mail that was filled with Bible verses that relate, in some way, to The Omen. And this "tract" also pointed out that the movie opens on 06.06.06. I was not spooked.

Neither are many of the Christian press critics who have seen the film.

Peter T. Chattaway (Christianity Today Movies) gives it only two stars, even though he finds it to be "extremely faithful to the original. … Director John Moore, whose last film (Flight of the Phoenix) was also a remake, does not stray far from his source, though he does make a few slight changes."

Is it all just thrills and chills? Or does it actually mean something? Chattaway says it "taps into every parent's fear that the babies they dote on will grow up to become children who don't like them; it works because it presents a worst-case scenario of what can happen when children get older and develop their own separate identities, including friendships and interior lives that are not what their parents would wish for them."

David DiCerto (Catholic News Service) says it's "skillfully crafted and well-acted," and that it differs from The Da Vinci Code ...

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