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A remake of the original The Omen (1976) was released on June 6, 2006, a release date chosen because of its significance to the Number of the Beast (666).


This film has examples of:

  • Adaptational Species Change: Downplayed with breed. The dog that showed up at the nanny's suicide in the original movie is a Rottweiler, while the remake shows a black German shepherd instead.
  • Aside Glance: Damien at the end. Also even more effectively in the teaser of the remake.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In the original, Damien mostly comes across as a normal kid. However, in the remake, he's significantly creepier; in a different genre, viewers would assume he had some kind of developmental disorder. Oddly, his mother makes the leap there's something inherently evil about him rather than assuming he might have one of the disorders and getting him tested.
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  • Babysitter from Hell: Not to Damien of course, but everything bad that happens to the Thorns just get more south once Mrs. Baylock fills in the vacant babysitter role. Like causing Kate's death. It's because she's a Satanist sent to cater the Antichrist (i.e. Damien).
  • Big Bad: Damien A.K.A. The Antichrist.
  • The Cameo: Harvey Stephens, who played Damien in the original, appears as the news reporter who asks Thorn if their suicidal nanny was on drugs.
  • Casting Gag: Mia Farrow as Mrs. Baylock (from the devil's Unwitting Pawn and mother to a devil child to a willing servant of the Antichrist and caretaker of a devil child).
  • Comet of Doom: The focus of the prologue.
  • Covers Always Lie: The "hellish" alternate ending advertised on the DVD is nothing more than the entire swat team sniping Thorn versus just one guy. Hardly hellish by anyone's definition.
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  • Creepy Child: Damien, as always.
  • Death Glare: Damien gives his mother one right after his freakout on his way to church.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Kate. In the original film, she's simply thrown out of the hospital window by Mrs. Baylock, but here the nanny kills her with an air embolism instead.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Satan. Damien may be the main villain, but he's just an offspring of the Big Red Guy and his jackal mistress.
  • Heel–Faith Turn: Lampshaded by Keith, who pokes fun at people spontaneously regaining their faith when they're in danger of death.
    Keith: No atheists in foxholes.
    • Robert himself, while no villain, initially rejects supernatural reasoning about Damien and he's implied to undergo a Crisis of Faith throughout the film. He regains his faith while trying to kill Damien in a church, which ultimately fails anyway.
  • Hell Hound: The rottweiler guard dog, just like in the original movie. Also after the first nanny hangs herself, a black German shepherd appears before Damien, hinted to be the devil in disguise.
  • Improbable Age: Robert is the youngest person elected as an ambassador of the US. Early on, he's unsure whether he really deserves it or because of a certain nepotism, since he's also the current president's adoptive son.
  • Large Ham: Michael Gambon as Bugenhagen breaks off the film's largely monotone dialogue and cold atmosphere with some warming gems. It's kind of a shocking contrast when the audience is suddenly blasted by this after the quiet scenes in Italy.
    Robert: But what if you're wrong?
    Bugenhagen: I'M NOT WROONGG!
  • Linked List Clue Methodology: Carried over from the original. Robert and Keith's journey to find Damien's biological mother directs them to the destroyed hospital in Rome, where they find a clue leading them to Subiaco, where a final clue points to Cerveteri.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Damien's eyes. How anyone could not figure it as the first sign that something is wrong with him is anyone's guess.
  • Off with His Head!: Keith.
  • Regional Riff: An adhan (the Islamic call of prayer) is used to establish that Robert and Keith have arrived at the Galilee region of Israel. Bonus points for happening during sunset.
  • Religious Horror
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog/Downer Ending: Robert spends the entire second half of the film trying to find about Damien's origins and, upon learning that he's the Antichrist, is directed to kill him after several periods of backing away. Just when he finally gains the courage and chance to do it, he is shot by the ambassador protection squad.
  • Shot-for-Shot Remake: Not exactly ‒ some details are modified, such as Kate's death by embolism instead of falling ‒ but the remake reproduces the original quite faithfully, even the bit where Damien smiles during Robert and Kate's funerals.
  • Shout-Out: The scene where Kate is hanging onto the railing for dear life and looking up at Damien is similar to Mufasa's death scene in The Lion King. Their dialog is also a bit similar.
    Kate: Damien...please...help me...
    Mufasa: Scar! Brother...help me...
  • Signs of the End Times: The backdrop of the film. The Vatican recognizes that some of the recent major events are manifestations of the prophecies mentioned in Book of Revelation if seen from a modern context. Damien's birth was when things just get even more dangerous. Robert and Keith discuss this while looking for Spiletto.
    • The Lamb standing on Mount Zion? The Lamb represents the Jews of course, and for all we know, they now have stood back again on Zion.
    • The Stars Are Going Out? It's an inverted Star of Bethlehem, which represents the Jews rising, so it means that they're falling down to the Roman Empire, whose capital was Rome. What happened in Rome recently? It's where the Treaty of Rome is agreed to that led to the establishment of the European Economic Community, the precursor of The European Union. The freakin' European Union is a sign of the end times.
    • The Beast emerges from the sea? The sea is modern-day politics. Robert is an ambassador. You do the math.
  • Supernatural-Proof Father: Robert, at least initially.


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