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The Omen (2006)

FARROW AND SEAMUS DAVEY FITZPATRICK
Image credit: The Omen: Vince Valitutti
FARROW AND SEAMUS DAVEY FITZPATRICK

Details Release Date: Jun 06, 2006; Rated: R; Length: 110 Minutes; Genre: Horror; With: Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles; Distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

American diplomat Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) secretly adopts an orphaned newborn because he can't bear to tell his wife (Julia Stiles) that she's lost another baby. Five years later, he learns they're raising the son of the Antichrist and that he's going to have to kill him.

''It's a movie about faith, and what are you willing to do in the name of faith,'' says Schreiber. He agreed to take on this remake of the 1976 classic only after director John Moore (Flight of the Phoenix) assured him that Thorn's history as a lapsed Catholic and the reason behind the couple's staggering lack of communication would be paramount. ''You have to ask yourself, 'Do I believe in anything?' And the answer to that, in either direction, can be really terrifying.''

A superstitious Stiles, spooked by the movie's 6/6/06 release date, nearly turned down the role, while Moore struggles to explain how an entire day's worth of footage was destroyed. Or why those scenes were of Thorn confirming his son's identity and battling with his overprotective nanny (Mia Farrow). ''Occasionally, you lose a shot. Maybe a roll. We lost 13,500 feet of film,'' Moore says. ''That's when 'the Curse of The Omen' wasn't entirely just a jovial little anecdote.'' Or maybe God just really likes reshoots.

Originally posted Apr 19, 2006 Published in issue #874-875 Apr 28, 2006 Order article reprints