It has been 30 years since The Omen introduced Damien Thorn, the five-year-old Antichrist, to moviegoers. The film marked director Richard Donner's transition from TV to feature films (he went on to direct Superman, Scrooged and all four Lethal Weapons), and was famous for its grisly scenes of seemingly accidental but supernaturally motivated deaths.
Three decades, three sequels, and many parodies later, the film has been re-made for the big screen—and it comes out next Tuesday, which is (not coincidentally) 6/6/06!
The new film is written by David Seltzer, who also wrote the original movie (as well as last year's TV mini-series Revelations), and it stars Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles as Damien's unsuspecting adoptive parents, Pete Postlethwaite as a paranoid priest, Mia Farrow as a darkly manipulative nanny, and newcomer Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick as the title character—a young boy who is destined to become the Antichrist.
Director John Moore previously directed Behind Enemy Lines and the remake of Flight of the Phoenix. He spoke to Christianity Today Movies from his office in California.
In the 1970s, when the first Omen came out, the end times were a big deal, and seven or eight years ago, when the new millennium was coming, we had movies like Stigmata. But why make a movie like this now?
John Moore: I think we're in a lot of trouble right now. I think times are very dark. I think we're living in very fearful and hateful times, and so I think it's an appropriate time [for the movie]. The Omen works on two levels—obviously it's entertainment and the story's a damn good yarn, but for my money there's certainly a metaphorical aspect to the story, and I think that plays out more critically right now.1
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'Times are Very Dark'
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