A sneak peek into The Omen

The release co-incides with 06.06.06, the number of the beast, writes Mishty Varma. Movie stills

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 17:50 IST

Cast: Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, David Thewlis, Mia Farrow, Pete Postlethwaite

Director: John Moore

When Katherine Thorn's (Julia Stiles) third pregnancy results in a stillbirth, her husband Robert (LievSchreiber) - a senior diplomat with the US government - is afraid that after two miscarriages, this news will completely devastate her when she regains consciousness at the hospial.

Fortunately, one Friar Spiletto offers a way to circumvent Katherine's anguish: another boy was born that night, but his mother had died in childbirth. Robert Thorn takes up the baby as his own and his wife is none the wiser.

However, a few years later when Robert is the Ambassador to the UK, strange and sinister events start happening all of them centred on his young son Damien (Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick).

On a visit to a church, Damien becomes hysterical; animals leap into a murderous frenzy when Damien visits a zoo; and the most terrible of all, Damien's nanny hangs herself on the day of his birthday, laughing as she throws herself from a height.

Enter a priest, Father Brennan, who claims to know the truth about Damien's birth and lineage but he, too, is killed in a freak accident. Even Damien's mother Katherine is not spared by whatever deadly force surrounds the child. It is then that Robert Thorne realises that there is something evil afoot...

Released on a Tuesday instead of the regular Friday so as to co-incide with the 06.06.06 (to be read as 666 - the number of the Beast), John Moore's re-make of the 1976 cult film has opened to mixed reviews by cinema critics.

First Published: Jun 07, 2006 00:00 IST