Wednesday, June 07, 2006
The Omen and 666 Babies
Wow! What a day yesterday was. The soundstage next to the one we are shooting on at Sony caught fire (because of Spidey 3 demolition crew) and then a sniper was targeting the lot, and a whole host of bad car accidents around town. Coincidence, maybe, but if you believe in that kind of thing, kinda creepy. I for one, was looking forward to seeing the Omen remake, and I am happy to say that the movie is a lot of fun and doesn't take itself too seriously. I won't be surprised if Fox has a big hit on it's hand. The Omen feels like the Final Destination movies meets Davinci Code. Both scary and funny, the movie plays very similarly to the original, but with a little more punch. Most notably, the creepy kid actor cast as Damien, whose pouty face is very funny and serves as a comedic punctuation to the scare beats in the film. I really liked the framing in this new version, allowing for contemporary disasters: 9/11, Tsunami, Iraq war as other "omens" of the coming apocalypse. I had a really good time, laughing at and gripping my seat during this Fox remake. And if you want to really read too much into things, check this, 20th Century Fox, the studio releasing the film has this numerological significance connected to it. F is the sixth letter of the alphabet, O is the 15th letter (1+5=6) and X is the 24th letter (2+4=6). Could Fox be the studio of the Beast?
What I may of liked most about The Omen, was seeing it on an "event" date. The film incorporates the 6/6/6 date which added that extra creep factor. But the inevitable question arises, could a "Damien" have been born yesterday? Many Western mothers worries so much about their children being "stigmatized" by their birth date that they made sure to induce labor to avoid the "mark of the beast" as their child's birthdate. Here are two articles that report the Mother/666 baby hysteria link and another here that discusses some parents defiant of the date, even willing to name their kid "damien", hell yeah! link
Lastly, not everywhere the 666 stigma is seen as a bad thing, in China it is considered lucky, and many mother's were actually trying to have their babies born yesterday click here to see the Chinese 666 babies!