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Wednesday, July 20, 2005


From Variety:

John Moore has become bedeviled by "The Omen 666." Moore, who directed "Behind Enemy Lines" and "Flight of the Phoenix" for 20th Century Fox, has been set by the studio to helm a remake of the 1976 horror classic about the arrival of the Antichrist in the home of an unsuspecting family. Dan McDermott is writing a script that contemporizes the tale. Project is on a fast track, as the studio has set a tentative Oct. 3 start date, with 20th prexy Hutch Parker and Peter Kang overseeing. Richard Donner directed the original, which starred Gregory Peck as an ambassador whose dark secret --allowing a baby to be substituted for the one his wife (Lee Remick) lost in childbirth -- comes back to haunt him when the hellish prodigal son begins to hit his evil stride.
Do we really need this movie? (OK, I'll skip the obvious joke.)


Blogger Keith said...

Man, I am just SICK TO ABSOLUTE DEATH of all these lame horror remakes! I just wish it would stop. Now.

But I'm so getting numb to it these days. I still hate it (with a vengeance), but you just can't stop 'em. Like zombies, they keep on coming! (and usually have about as much life and freshness as a zombie)

It's a joke, really. A really cruel, bad joke for serious horror fans.

7/20/2005 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

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7/21/2005 12:25:00 AM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

I agree. I'm tired of these lame remakes.

7/21/2005 12:30:00 AM  
Blogger HP said...

Obviously, what's happened is that Hollywood's bean counters are saying that there's a huge market for horror films, but the studios have spent the last 20 years carefully purging the system of anyone who actually understands the genre.

(Who has Hollywood got? Shyamalan? Sommers? These are the very guys responsible for turning horror movies into "action-thrillers.")

Since there's no one left in Hollywood who actually understands how to make a horror story, they're left with nothing but remakes and English-language crossovers.

7/21/2005 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Well said, Howard.

And btw, Ben, thanks for passing that bit of remake news along. Certainly didn't mean to sound like I was poo-pooing your post or anything, it just came spilling out. :) Just saying I hate the trend is all. But, in a morbid way, I still do like to keep up with all the remake news all the same--just to have something to gripe about, if nothing else. :)

7/21/2005 08:53:00 PM  
Blogger Carnacki said...

No, I quite agreed with you keith. I wrote a lot more originally but thought it came off as a curmudgeonly old man ("Back in my day we had original movies and that's how we liked it") I quite agree with you.

7/21/2005 09:02:00 PM  

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