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Harry says THE OMEN remake was put together by paint-sniffing clowns!

Harry Here. How stupid are the changes in this utterly retarded remake of THE OMEN? Here… Judge for yourself:

1. Robert Thorn (Liev Schreiber) starts off the film as the number 2 man to the Ambassador to Italy. So – once his child is born – and this guy has been appointed to be the Ambassador to the U.K. – which means it’s time for this guy to die, so that Robert Thorn will become the Ambassador to the U.K. WAIT A SECOND… That isn’t how that works. If an Ambassador dies, that Ambassador’s second in charge of the Embassy doesn’t take over his job in any permanent way… Ambassadors are APPOINTED and Liev as a first time Ambassador would not be given that appointment. PLUS – when the “Ambassador” was killed they show an insert shot of his watch… his L.E.D. digital watch… which there’s no fucking way in Hell that an Ambassador to Italy would be classless enough to be wearing a “Digital” watch… but anyway – he dies at 06:06:06… and the film is filled with that type of “cute” self-referential bullshit.

2. Julia Stiles is taking a bath and has a waking nightmarish vision… which includes visions of her slit wrists… dried, btw. A vision of the autistic pouty gelfling named Damien in this incredibly crappy wooden mask, that I swear to God looked exactly like the mask from “THE MASK” just standing by the tub looking at her with his pouty autistic eyes. And random demonic imagery from the worst music video of choice. All these edits were met with terrible atonal loud punches… for additional scare value.

3. However, that was not the only “Visions” the demon from TIME BANDITS shows up at random points in a brightly colored robe – also accompanied by loud SCARE music.

In fact, most of the “scares” were audio increases on the soundtrack – which many in the audience greeted with hands over their ears.

4. Remember the Baboon Attack on the car? Well now, they’re on a school fieldtrip to the London Zoo… in the Primate area – where guys in shitty gorilla costumes began attacking and cracking the glass… while tiny monkeys hide behind branches.

5. Evil German Shepard. It just looked absolutely retarded.

God – just trying to remember this movie makes my head hurt. Marco Beltrami’s score was absolute shit. Very straight to video hack shit. The costume design… Terrible. Always using the brightest color of Red to underline that something evil is up.

The worst thing… That fucking kid. His school of acting comes from doing impersonations of Gary Coleman’s “Whatchu tawkin’ bout, Willis?” face. You know, The one where he tucks his chin and looks out the top of his forehead with that pouty, “Huh?” look? Yeah, that’s it. About 98% of this movie, you’re wanting to just get to Megiddo and get the knives and stab this brat to death. Not Damien Thorn, but the imposter playing Damien Thorn. This is either the worst child actor of all time or Jake Lloyd in disguise.

I’m reminded of the time when I saw that first long trailer for this movie, where I wrote that I felt that Fox had terribly miscast this child. Cuz, there’s not a single moment of genuine “Kid” in this film. He’s evil. If you remember the original… the child playing Damien in the car ride to the church ceremony – where… in front of the church he begins bugging out. Well in that version – the kid had this “unease” about him. Like maybe his tummy was hurting. There was just something… off, about the child. In this film… He’s just doing the “Whatchu tawkin’ bout, Willis?” face. Seriously. It’s like… KILL THE BOY NOW!

It doesn’t help that Liev Schreiber is about as “statesmanlike” as Jerry Lewis. At one point, I wondered why on Earth they had cast him in this role, then I realized that his first name could be rearranged to spell EVIL, and I thought maybe the director thought that was a sign. He's just awful in everyway in this role. One – he has terrible hair. Two – he doesn’t dress like someone in his job. That his primary face is… CONFUSION and CONCERN – even when there’s nothing to be confused or concerned about is just terrible. There’s no sense of “command” or “confidence” or “charm” to him. Maybe that it’s just seeing him in shot for shots where Gregory Peck once was… But I remember a scene in the original where Gregory Peck and his wife are in the new house and she calls him the next President of the United States… and while Schreiber and Stiles were in their big oversized house… that scene popped into my head and I just thought… “This loser could never be President.” And that concept just stuck.

I think the main problem with this bland, tasteless affair is that the studio decided to remake an “A” picture – and cast it with “C” actors in the lead roles. Schreiber and Stiles have zero weight in these roles. Maybe in a remake of ROSEMARY’S BABY – when you have a newlywed couple in an apartment in the wrong tenement…. But in OMEN – Schreiber is supposed to be a THORN. And they’re supposed to build up the sense of importance that the THORN family has in the world and in the West. At Damien’s birthday party – it just comes across as Nuevo-riche trash celebrating. There’s no sense of weight. In fact, the photographers and the house and the carnival setting all feels out of place because you don’t buy the importance of Schreiber and Stiles. Cuz they don’t belong in these surroundings.

This film just takes the lesser road at every turn. From casting to scares to effects to music and definitely in terms of Direction. This is just a flat obvious sub-standard paint by numbers affair.

Literally – there is only a single moment worth seeing in this film. The decapitation. It’s clever and glorious… but everything else is just fucking dreck.

At the end of the film, I looked at the folks that saw the film with me. Yoko, Roro, Father Geek and my nephew Kublakhan… and we all shared a look of just tired, let me out of here faces. And Kublakhan, before any of us could say a thing, says out loud. “I hate that movie, it gave me a headache, I never want to come to this theater again,” and ordinarily – we’d all laugh at this critique of THE OMEN by a 5 year old boy… but we all agreed with that statement.

It’s a boring, loud piece of trash that even a child can see the flaws with. And before you ask me why we took a 5 year old to THE OMEN – the reason is quite simple. It’s about a boy exactly his age that is EVIL and has to be killed. Excellent fodder for showing why he should be a good boy. Well, the next two days will be kind to him. He’s seeing MONSTER HOUSE and CARS next.

I’m warning you horror lovers – this is a steaming boring turd of indistinction. Move along, but when it plays on cable… tune in about an hour in – sit through about twenty minutes of pain and then see a great decapitation. That’s all this fucker has going for it.

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  • June 2, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST

    The Decapitation

    by Virtual Satyr

    I'll just wait till somebody posts it on the net.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:14 a.m. CST


    by Andy Dufresne

    I had high hopes. Hopefully the other Donner re-make will be better

  • June 2, 2006, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Julia Stiles

    by optimus122

  • June 2, 2006, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Julia Stiles

    by optimus122

    I would bang her hard , sucks that the movie isn't any good but we kinda new that a long time ago during the first trailer.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:32 a.m. CST

    Hmm... chances of a REMAKE sucking ass..?

    by LargoJr

    Hmm.. who woulda thought? Wait.. I hear they are thinking of remaking 'Breakin' & 'Breakin 2: Electric Boogaloo'!!! What a perfect opertunity for Jim Carrey to prove his depth & capacity!! Sign me up, BRING ON THE REMAKES!! I'll be 1st in line (with a full pail of shit to fling at the screen)!!! Jezus GAWD on a pogostick.. someone PLEASE step in with an intervention on these ignorant fucktards who think remaking ANYTHING is a god idea... I'll supply the Thoorazine and tazer batteries!!!

  • June 2, 2006, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Harry, you took your five-year-old nephew?

    by judderman

    I'm glad he seems mature enough to handle it, but for god's sake, what if it had actually been scary? I mean, has he seen the Exorcist already? American Werewolf? On topic, I already decided this movie was going to be crap, because my definition of "crap" is "a movie with Julia Stiles in it."

  • June 2, 2006, 3:38 a.m. CST


    by young1

    Just you wait... someone will put something out relating to the Omen franchise on this date.. and the numbers will start out as 06-06-06, but then they'll slowly turn and become 09-09-09.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:40 a.m. CST


    by zikade zarathos

    Good critique there, Harry. Sheesh.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Re: Nephew


    First - I asked my sis, his mom, first. Second - My nephew is obsessed with ZOMBIE movies. His mother watched one when he was like 2 years old, thinking he was asleep... but he was watching - and started playing "zombie" games. He loves zombies the way most boys love Dinosaurs - where they pretend Dinos eat people, etc. But Zombies have simple rules. That odd passion for Zombies led to me telling him how they really make zombies. Showing him professionals actually making regular people into zombies. And he actually was singled out for his performance in PATHOGEN as a Zombie by HorrorFilm.Com as stealing every scene he had. SO - horror movies don't scare him. Cuz, he knows if it gets too scary - to just cover his eyes and the monsters go away. And he rarely covers his eyes, because he'd rather find out how to get rid of the monsters... cuz that's important.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:45 a.m. CST

    My Idea for a big budget movie that CAN'T MISS

    by LargoJr

    Anyone ever read the French sci-fi story called 'Sillage'? The American Translation was pretty bad (Wake), as it got censored and butchered.. but the original story was fantastic!

  • June 2, 2006, 3:46 a.m. CST

    terrible hair


    seemed like a critique many leveled at Tom Hanks for Da Vinci Code

  • June 2, 2006, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Sorry Harry.. it IS kinda petty to bitch about hair

    by LargoJr

    I remember someone bitching about Sean Connery and his wig in the film 'Medicine Man'. Personally, I think Sean is Gawd in physical form.. and criticising him because he wore a wig in the film is just laughably shallow and petty. I'm sure there had to be at LEAST 50 other things you could have gutted this film with.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:59 a.m. CST't hold back or anything, Harry...

    by SirSpike

    If you actually walked into this movie expecting some piece of cinematic brilliance, or at the very least, a better version of the story than the original, you were doomed to disappointment. I saw the film last night in a sneak preview. I thought it was alright. It certainly did not match up with the original, but then again, that would've been next to impossible. And, no one can compete with Jerry Goldsmith's score, so let's just get that out of the way. I will say this: the movie was badly paced. There were moments where you felt like reaching into the screen to move things along, or writing your own dialogue to fill in the silences. Personally, I thought Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles did a fine job in their roles, and David Thewlis did the best David Warner vocal impression I've ever heard. Yes, the shock moments were simply quickly cut scenes with loud blasts of music...but they truly jolted the audience at times when they really needed it. This movie isn't going to make a lot of money, or be critically successful...but for fans of the original Omen trilogy, or for those just looking for a creepy cinematic outing, this is a movie I'd recommend.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Sorry Harry but enough is enough

    by Captain RawBeard

    Thats a harsh thing to say about a child actor. I dont care how much this film pissed you off. imagine if that kid read that... you sad pathetic exscuse of a man. Just recently you have become a snob in your reviews looking down your nose on films that you feel are beneath you. Take X-Men 3, as a popcorn summer blockbuster and a continuation of the first 2 films it was awesome and I loved it. and Yes I am avid fan of the xmen comics. its about time you grew up Harry

  • June 2, 2006, 4:11 a.m. CST

    Maybe if more people get this annoyed

    by kuryakin

    when reviewing movies, they'll stop with the shitty remakes. And I'm glad to see Harry doing a review that isn't gushing with praise or name-dropping. As far as the hair thing goes - hey it's not as if it was his central criticism of the movie. Sounds like it's a piece of shit anyway. It really says a lot about modern horror that you CAN take a kid to see it and they won't be scarred for life. Harry, my only criticism is they way you constantly throw about the word "retarded" and use "autistic" as an insult. Pretty offensive

  • June 2, 2006, 4:12 a.m. CST

    So basically it is a pointless remake....

    by oh_riginal

    ... along the lines of Fast and the Furious? That IS a remake of Point Break, right?

  • June 2, 2006, 4:17 a.m. CST

    What's the point?


    When you mount a remake - is it not with the intention of either bettering the original in some way... or exploring a different aspect of that film in a deeper, more original manner. This film is essentially a direct remake, so much so that the original screenwriter of Donner's OMEN got sole screen credit for the film. As for the child actor that played DAMIEN... this child is dreadful in this film. Absolutely terrible. Laughably bad. Is that the child's fault? No, it's more a reflection of this particular director's complete lack of ability to either direct the child or to think of something other than to say, "LOOK EVIL" to the boy. The sadness isn't in pointing out how fucking awful DAMIEN is in the film... the sadness is in the fact that a director so mishandled the performance and direction of the performance of this child - as to possibly stigmatize this kid from having a long career because the reviews of this film will inevitably take note of how dreadfully obvious the Anti-Christ is.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Sorry folks.. but one thing IS true...

    by LargoJr

    NO self respecting Italian man of character, style, or status would be caught DEAD wearing a digital watch. It just isn't going to happen. It's a stupid 'plot-point' that just SCREAMS ignorance.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Captain RawBeard

    by ScaryJim

    Hopefully the kid will read it and either learn to act or get a proper job, look at the original Damien - he probably didn't have a pushy 'mom and pop'telling him how great he was and they probably had to tell him members of his family had died to get certain reactions, but he put in a hell of a performance, mainly based around expressions but still believable (don't know if he acted again). To be fair Harry liked 'Silent Hill' which was the biggest heap of shite disguised as a film ever, and King Kong, a film that almost sent me to sleep. I don't think you could call him a snob, just inconsistent.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:28 a.m. CST

    my nephew


    His mother owned a video store for the first 5 years of his life. He grew up in a video store - having the ability to pick what he wants to see. The last 3 days he's spent with me, as he has a terrible flu and his mother wound up hospitalized after vomiting blood. In the time he's spent with me, he's had free reign to pick whatever he wanted from the DVD Room (4000 possible choices) and came out with your typical kid choices. SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, THE GREAT MOUSE DETECTIVE, SECRET OF NIMH, Friz Freleng's PINK PANTHER cartoons, Disney's GOOFY collection, NARNIA, SKY HIGH, CLONE WARS 2, HE-MAN Season 2. He also happened to want to see the Harold Lloyd box set, cuz he said it looked like "Charlie Chaplin" - which his mother showed him - and he laughed and made me put on 2 different discs of Lloyd's films for him to watch. He also wanted to see CRY-BABY - which he'd seen twice with his mother. And in all the time he was here - he never picked a horror film to watch. Unless you count the live action FANTASTIC FOUR movie which he made me endure. I don't talk down about it to him though - as he doesn't see the flaws in that film that bug the shit out of me, and nobody should have their choices talked down to. He also colors, plays tic-tac-toe and actually almost beat me tonight, plays hide and seek, brushes his teeth, eats healthy meals and showers while making water battle noises. Fact is, this Jesus loving kid wanted to see what Satan's kid was like. Cuz Satan is bad. And it is on those terms that he watched the film. FYI.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:32 a.m. CST

    You shouldn't take a five year old to see the Omen

    by Praetor

    I don't care whose permission you got. Its a simple matter of responsibility. You don't need the perspective of a child to review a film like this.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Five years old?

    by Walterego

    And you're taking him to the Omen, a movie about a parent trying to kill their child after discovering that the real child has been murdered by Satan. What a suprise that he is playing Zombie when other kids would be reading The Pokey Little Puppy. He's gonna last about a week in grade school before he gets labeled the "weird kid", probably during a game of Duck Duck Goose where he tries to gnaw the flesh off the kid who is goosed and slurp his brains. At that age even some Scooby Doo episodes can be scary, I remember recurring nightmares about the guy with the suction cups who could crawl up the wall and ceiling. And this poor kid is getting dragged to the Omen. When this kid is ten and dressing up as Leatherface for halloween you're going to think he is adorable but he will already be on his way to spending Prom night playing D & D in the basement arguing with other pimply faced outcasts about whether it was in Saw 8 or 9 that the Jijsaw franchise jumped the shark.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:46 a.m. CST

    I can't stand back-seat parenting

    by Andy Dufresne

    Harry knows his nephew. He knows what he can handle. If you're so desperate for back-seat parenting go and post about Britney Spears on some celebrity gossip website.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Did Harry just advocate child murder?

    by team america


  • June 2, 2006, 4:54 a.m. CST

    Harry please, please, please

    by Bicycle Thief

    Taking a five year old to the Omen shows a real lack of responsibilty. At five years old it took me months to recover from seeing Bambi's mother die. I class myself as a liberal kind of guy but geez Harry.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:01 a.m. CST

    The Nephew...


    He never wakes up with nightmares. As he knows it's all make believe. He's not scared of Scooby Doo - because he knows it is a CARTOON. And he knows what a cartoon is cuz he's held animation cels and knows that a whole bunch of these paintings make a cartoon move. And he knows that a computer took that guy's head off, and he knows make-up is what makes zombies. Because he asks questions and is given Real Answers. Instead of censoring what is "deemed appropriate" - he's allowed the chance to explore what interests him. Mostly that ends up being Superhero movies and Cartoons... with a few horror films and comedies thrown in. He also knows that when at school - he's there to learn how to read and write and do math so he can grow up to be smart... not to talk about movies, he does that with his mommy and his friends. He also loves SOCCER, BASEBALL and throwing the FOOTBALL. Is enrolled in TAE KWON DO classes and has learned that violence only hurts people and to avoid fighting if at all possible. He also knows that BLOOD in the real world is bad and hurts. And that it isn't like make-up, it's forever and can't be taken back. The boy asks about a million questions and we shoot fairly straight with him. Because he isn't placed in front of a screen as a babysitter - he's encouraged to (at home) ask questions and (in theaters) save his questions till the end of the movie, where we discuss what happened and what he thought. His family happens to be fairly entrenched in movie stuff. He wants to know what mommy and daddy and uncle harry and grandpa are up to - and rather than not share our lives with him, where he grows up not knowing who the people he loves are and what they do - he learns. When he grows up, he wants to be a scientist - thus for Xmas we got him science books and kiddie experiments with magnets and electricity.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:05 a.m. CST


    by Koola_Norway

    I haven't seen the original OMEN. I guess you're saying I should see it, and skip this remake. Ok, that's all. I envy the film education this little nephew of yours is getting, btw. He'll be the next Tarantino.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:06 a.m. CST

    age limits

    by ScaryJim

    I was more scared of the wicked witch of the west at 5 years old than I was watching 'Demons 2' or ' Dawn of the dead'. My gran had a rule that if it 'could' happen then it was possibly unsuitable - she didn't like 'nightmare on elm street' till I pointed out he was an undead paedophile (when he came back), not a real paedophile. I think her rule was quite good and I hardly ever kill people now. ;)

  • June 2, 2006, 5:07 a.m. CST

    ya know...


    I love the idea that a 5 year old can play satan in a movie - be held down and threatened to be stabbed to death with a knife. Play a scene about killing his mother. But that kid isn't being abused. The one that sees it is. The fact is - neither is being abused. The kid playing Damien just got college paid for, and I guarantee you that he was babied like crazy on that set and had the "pretend" conversation over and over and over again. Just like we did with Kubla - before and after the film.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:15 a.m. CST



    Amen. Hell - I saw JAWS which was rated PG in the 70s cuz the world wasn't filled with pussies back then. I didn't get scared of water, because that very next vacation - I went scuba diving with my dad and he showed me how amazing it was. However, my mother wouldn't enter the ocean. Because she believed she might possibly start her period and a shark would eat her. BTW - BAMBI scared my nephew more than any horror film he's ever seen. BUT - it started a series of questions about whether or not Mommy or Daddy could die. And he got the "Life and Death" story about how we're all here temporary. The plan is to try to do as much as possible to be around as long as we can. That Mommy and Daddy want to be here for him forever, same as Grandpa and Uncle Harry. But just like how cars break, people can break too... The best thing to do is the be smart, watch what you're doing and cherish every minute you have with the person you love, because you never know what tomorrow holds. It was a scary conversation that my sis, his father, his grandpa and I had with him. However, right now he's dealing with his parents divorce - which is the scariest thing he's ever faced.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:22 a.m. CST

    Divorce is worse than horror movies.

    by Koola_Norway

    Hey Harry, now I actually got emotional. Divorce is bad - not just now when it happens, but for all those years to come. Too bad. And at the same time he learns that we're all here temporary. Gee, his LEAST problem is what kind of films he gets, or not gets, to see. Isn't there some warm, nice film about family and the good life that could screen in between his cartoon and horror hours?

  • June 2, 2006, 5:27 a.m. CST


    by ScaryJim

    ''Isn't there some warm nice film about family and the good life that could screen in between his cartoon and horror hours?'' Yeah, because when you get dumped you really want to watch films about 2 people getting it on right? lol. I agree on Harrys point, I'd be more worried about sex references and bad language than gore.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:30 a.m. CST


    by Badtz

    "And he actually was singled out for his performance in PATHOGEN as a Zombie by HorrorFilm.Com as stealing every scene he had. SO - horror movies don't scare him." Did I read that right? Are you saying your nephew was in a horror film himself? That's cool. I don't care if you take a 5 year old to a movie, as long as he/she keeps their mouth shut. I can't stand it when people take their small children to loud, scary, or intense movies and then the kid squirms and makes noise for the whole film. I expect it when I go see Over the Hedge or something like that, it's part of the experience to have kids cutting up around you. But if I go see the Omen, I don't want some rugrat yapping 2 rows down from me.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:38 a.m. CST

    why do they make stupid movies for dumb people?

    by reckni

    As if the first one wasn't up to par? Very, very insulting! Does the end scream sequel Harry????

  • June 2, 2006, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Tom Bodet


    Something you seem to be at a lack to grasp is that I'm not the one that has introduced him to horror films. That was his parents. The Monster films I've introduced him to are things like MIGHTY JOE YOUNG, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH, THE MUMMY, ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN - the Universal Frankenstein movies - the original KING KONG. Basically... the classics. My sis is the one that has typically shown him the "harder stuff" But that's usually because he'll say, "I want to see a scary movie" - and sometimes - he chickens out and says, "This one is too scary, let's wait till I'm older" That never happens with Zombie movies though. He knows the rules and as a result feels safe in Zombie movies. But I'd say - scary movies make up perhaps 5% of what he sees. Usually - it's Dora The Explorer, Sesame Street and playing learning based video games and learning to cook. He loves to add ingredients and stir. He's really good at that. And he loves killing bugs. Unless the fly - then he panics. He got attacked by killer bees with his grandpa in North Texas... and that made him think his head was on fire. But uncle Harry explained that every time a bee stung him - that bee died and showed him the dead bodies in his hair. this was after I treated the stings with the bee sting medicine we had in the vehicle. And he calmed down. Still is scared of bees though. Poor kid.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:41 a.m. CST

    re: nephew

    by rebel299

    hey harry, high five!! from one uncle to another, thats what we do. the type of stuff that makes other pussies out there question our better judgement. thats just another problem with society these days, overnurturing of kids and turning them into complete fucking pussies. i totally agree with your reasoning. the movie is about a young child, spawn of satan, doing horrible things. do we ever hear anything about the kids that actually are in these types of movies? of course not. life is full of shit. some people make bad movies, some people get their heads lopped off. ya gotta figure it out sometime. anyways, enough of that rambling. harry, its nice to see you actually reviewing some movies and *gasp* posting on talkbacks multiple times. whether or not you give a good review there is one thing for certain, you never know what to expect from a harry review, be it love of a shitty movie, horrible horrible writing, or just plain wierdness like psychotic ramblings about your significant other. by the way, i saw you 2 outside the alamo south a while back, not too bad fella.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Jesus, is this a film review or a custody battle?

    by Horseflesh

    Get off Harry's ass you judgemental cunts.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:44 a.m. CST

    Link to Review of Zombie movie my nephew was in...


    Here's the link to the review of PATHOGEN on HorrorChannel.Com that features the shout out to my nephew's Zombie acting skills: -- By the way - this was the film written by a 10 year old, who finished the film at 13.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:55 a.m. CST

    Kids eh?

    by Samson_K

    You know

  • June 2, 2006, 5:59 a.m. CST

    The Omen

    by Samson_K

    You know - I've never really got the universal lack of love towards 'The Omen'. It always seems to be regarded as 'The Exorcist's poor relation when I think that it's as good (in my opinion) better than that film. I just wish that they'd re-released the original at cinemas rather than doing this remake (which ultimately seems as pointless as the Psycho remake). I haven't seen the film and probably won't until it comes out on DVD - but I do think that the main leads seem to be miscast - I'd have gone for Dennis Quaid as Thorne and Olivia Williams as his wife. I love the peripheral casting though. I just wish that this wasn't so shit because sometimes it can tarnish the original for casual film viewers. I have had at least four conversations with people who won't watch Get Carter because of the Stallone remake and that is a shame.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:02 a.m. CST

    Julia Stiles=Terrible Movies

    by zekmoe

    I swear the ugly beeyatch should be the poster child for horrible acting and film making. I've never known an actress with such a knack for being in crap, yet still having a fruitful career. So weird.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:23 a.m. CST

    Great review, Harry!

    by Trazadone

    Thank you for getting right to the point on what makes this film suck. This is a film that never needed to be remade. The kid looks like an evil Dennis the Menace. I also agree with Zekmoe, Julia Stiles makes terrible movies. I'll never understand her appeal. She had a head the size and shape of a basketball and a husky "I-smoke-a-lot" voice. Yuck. I'll stick to the original thank you very much.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:26 a.m. CST

    I've never been remotely offended by AICN before...

    by Chopper3

    ...but why on earth would you choose to describe the character as "autistic" twice when you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. I not only have an autistic child of my own but I work closely with dozens of autistic-spectrum children and whatever ill-considered opinions you may have there is no commonality in the way their eyes 'look'. In the vast majority of cases it is difficult, if not impossible, to determine by looks whether a child is autistic - only very seriously autistic children rock, avoid eye-contact and mumble in the way it appears "Rain Man" has led you to believe they all behave. Try and show a little sensitivity and less ignorance please.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:34 a.m. CST

    Sorry but Harry is being an ass..

    by Praetor

    And I don't care whether his parents are dumb enough to turn him onto horror, children should be allowed to be children. Its not sufficient to say 'oh it doesn't affect him'. Noone knows what goes on in the mind of a child and god knows Harry is no child psychologist. There is absolutely no upside to letting a young child watch a movie like The Omen. Hell I didn't really appreciate the movie til I became a parent.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:36 a.m. CST

    in his review of the movie garth franklin used the word

    by emeraldboy

    pointless. that just about sums up John Moores career so far. Pointless. as in all his are pointless.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:40 a.m. CST

    A 5 year old boy who's EVIL and needs to die

    by Prof.Ikamono

    Except that if this follows the original as slavishly as I've heard, then all the "good" people get killed while li'l Damien is seemingly adopted by the President of the USA as He triumphantly rises to power (Ave Satani). Harry, while I have no qualms with taking the kid to see horror films, why in the name of all that's unholy did you take him to see this poor imitation instead of showing him the original on DVD?

  • June 2, 2006, 6:44 a.m. CST

    by spikerules2

    OK... first you take your 5 year old nephew to see a horror film (I'm sure there’s a law against this type of thing) and secondly you base your opinion of a film on someone’s hair style... hmmm? Should I take this review seriously? Nope, I'll just move on to the next Omen review! Whats happened to you Harry?

  • June 2, 2006, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Are you off your rocker? There are some shit hot....

    by Reelheed watches being made atm. As for the film - well it was as bad an idea as the remake of stepford wives. Why fucking bother when you could just clean up and rerelease the originals? That money coulda gone to starving african children you hollywood fannies.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:51 a.m. CST


    by spikerules2

    Agreed, digital LED watches are in fashion and are way cool:) Not to worry, I doubt anyone will take Harry's fashion opinion seriously!

  • June 2, 2006, 6:53 a.m. CST

    And isnt it impossible to lose tic-tac-toe?

    by Reelheed

    At least splash out on a connect4 set. Poor kid.

  • June 2, 2006, 6:58 a.m. CST

    that review was hilarious!

    by Shawn F.

    I know I am going to regret it, but I am sneaking into this steaming pile of crap Tuesday night after seeing a screening of "Cars". I love the original, I have to see how much they fucked this one up.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:06 a.m. CST


    by RogersPop75

    Harry, I saw many a horror/gore movies as a child, and I must admit, some of the images I saw then haunt me now. At the time I loved them, but looking back, I wish I had never been exposed to them. They do something to ya man.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:07 a.m. CST

    Don't be silly, Harry...

    by Zarles

    ...any loser can be President. I think we all know that.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:08 a.m. CST

    My new band's name is "Pouty Autistic Eyes"

    by HypeEndsHere

    in the hands of Vern, an Omen 06 review could be gold.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Stiles = worst working actress. Liev = most underrated

    by genro

    This was a mess due to the director. Why did you level the talent?

  • June 2, 2006, 7:22 a.m. CST

    This seals the deal!

    by MJAYACE

    This movie is going to be fantastic. Usually, when Harry is so completely negative about a film, it is the exact opposite. Also, for all you idiots who idolize Harry, seems the way to get him to post a ridiculous number of times is attack his "uncleing" ability! :) Just kidding Harry, the kid needs relatives like you while he is going through hard times. I have found individual personalties of children is the main factor in what they can take. Out here.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:25 a.m. CST

    As the father of a 6-year-old...

    by Blanket-Man

    I rarely criticize others' parenting techniques, cuz every kid is different and who knows how mine are going to turn out (I may be doing everything exactly the wrong way). But I do recommend previewing the flicks first -- unless it's rated G, I want to know what my son's gonna see before he does. I saw FF, SW3, and X3 before I let my boy see any of them. It's one thing to say "so-and-so can handle it" - but without knowing exactly what you are about to subject him to, how can you say that with any confidence?

  • June 2, 2006, 7:29 a.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    How could this ever compare to the original. Gregory Peck had pure presence and gravitas. And Lee Remick, always classy, beautiful and top shelf. I dunno why they made this... Wanna do a remake? Remake the Omen 3 under a different name. And Harry, try to be a better parent to your nephew, since his parent can't set boundaries. Why don't just make him BSDM porno too...? What it's no big deal. Let him splatter films when he's a teen! I remember being 7 and my Dad bringing me to a double bill, a bear movie and then some Spanish undead movie that Elvira used to play. That scared the crap outta me. When I saw it 10 years later on Elvira, I was like this is the movie that scared me? And your nephew watches Fulci movies. Dude, stand up for the kid.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:30 a.m. CST

    I shouldn't have watched The Exorcist when I was five

    by Rowley Birkin QC

    ...but some dumbasses (thankfully not my own parents) didn't see the harm in it. You always find new ways to disgust me. First and least of all, for someone to have been in this game for ten years and still not know how to structure a coherent sentence (see all of #1 in your article) makes them ignorant as well as illiterate. You then demonstrate what a delightful human being you are by calling for the death by repeated stabbing of a 5-year-old "autistic" kid just because they're not Daniel Day Lewis. God you make my blood boil Harry, you are classless and pathetic beyond words. Finally, you take your nephew "Kublakhan" (Jesus Christ) to the most unsuitable movies, and you and your posse of nicknames actually sit there and chuckle and think how adorable and cute it is that a 5-year-old knows what movies he should be watching. Die now.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:32 a.m. CST

    Harry, Harry, Harry...

    by Frijole

    You, critisizing Liev Schreiber's hair would be like Meatloaf calling Matthew Perry fat. A poster above is right, you've taken on a vindictive streak and a majorly snobbish air lately and it's a HUGE turn off. I'm totally willing to believe that this movie is shit... but not from you. Not anymore. Not until you turn your shit around BIG TIME. And again... for someone as stylistically, (reportedly) hygienically and metabolically challenged as you... for sure lay off casting bile at others' appearance.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    5 year old zombie fans

    by aarguy

    Nothing wrong with that. I have a 5 year old nephew thats the same way. His dinosaurs are zombies. There are some I wont let him watch (mainly due to nudity), but one of his favorite movies of all time is Dead Alive. He knows its fake, But he loves that damn rat monkey. Every other Saturday he stays with me, and we watch zombie movies until its dark outside, then switch over to cartoon network. If your kid is smart, they are at a level where they know its fake. In my eyes, its no different than Tom and Jerry killing the shit out of each other all day, or The Road Runner dropping the coyote off a cliff. Its about how you talk to them, how you explain it that counts. I dont think Harrys nephew is going to go all Norman Bates later in life because he watched The Omen, and I feel sorry for anyone that thinks that way.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Harry-his nephew-horror films

    by genro

    I cannot believe you people are riding Knowles for this. How many times has he told the "Letherface crashed my 3-year old birthday party"? If anyone could get away with taking a kid to totally inappropriate films, it's Knowles, because his world has always been fused with the moviemaking process. It's the equivalent of a college football coach taking his nephew to an NFL game. If the kid was actually bothered by anything he saw, Harry could *literally* get the VFX guy on the phone and explain it...but, yes, if the Knowles clan lived anywhere in Normal, USA, they'd be the friggin Klopeks, (I'm sure Harry would see it more as the Addams or the Munsters). To be blunt - it is an abnormal family from top to bottom, but that's why Harry's such an equivicator. If he was anywhere near normal, he'd have to start making judgement calls - the bane of his existence. Harry resides in a totally subjective world. Mores do not exist. Awhile ago, I mentioned how you could see Drew becoming more of an adult in his columns due to his marriage and child. I think this has been a very hard change for Knowles to get a hold on, because becoming an adult means letting go of a lot of juvenile shit. But if Harry wants to be taken seriously as a producer, a guy who cannot just spend money but also make it...the days of "pwesents" and geekgasms have to be left behind...taking a 5 year old to an atypical studio movie he can dissect in an afternoon is a small concern.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by Darth Kong

    I'm torn. One part of me thinks, "I dont think a 5 year old should have been taken to this flick" but upon reading your post Frijole, all I can think is "You don't like Harry's attitude, stop reading the site. He wont miss ya".

  • June 2, 2006, 7:45 a.m. CST


    by Darth Kong

    You know what you got there mate? You got yourself a little one-day serial killer. Don't show a 5 year old Dead Alive. Jesus H Christ people! You say you dont allow him to watch some films due to Nudity?!?!? This is what is wrong with the ratings system today. Violence, gore and murder is all fair game for kids to see, but the natural human body is a no no. Fucking pisses me off.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:46 a.m. CST

    Poor Parenting

    by Captain RawBeard

    Taking a five year old to watch a remake of Omen no matter how scary it is or isnt is morally irresponsible and poor parenting.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:47 a.m. CST


    by Darth Kong

    Oh, and don't feel sorry for me. Im not the one who'll have to deal with the little shit when he turns 16 and starts acting like a freak. Seriously, let kids be kids, and dont subject them to this shit until they're old enough to really deal with it.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    I agree Darth Kong

    by Captain RawBeard

    Harry is breeding a pyscho making his nephew watch films with violence, gore and horror to create the perfect Soldier just like in that Kurt Russel film called... erm Soldier. oh well there no hope for him.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    two cents

    by matersuspiriorum

    I know that as a child, I was never scared by 'scary movies' and begged my parents to let me see them. Finally my father took me to see Poltergeist on my 9th birthday (ok, not a horror movie but scary), and I never had one nightmare. That being said, now in a relationship with someone who is also a horror movie fan, with our first child on the way, we have already decided that we won't let them watch horror movies until they're a bit older. Why? Not because they wouldn't be able to handle it necessarily but because it takes a while for kids to be able to communicate their thoughts and emotions to you and we'd prefer to wait until we can gauge how these movies affect them, rather than guessing, oh crap did we just do a bunch of damage that we'll only find out about later? THAT being said, I don't think you can call letting a 5-year-old watch the Omen child abuse, if their parents are okay with it and nobody forced him to stay in his seat. To each their own, people. What's right for you might not be right for me and vice versa, but that's why we don't make the rules for each other.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:12 a.m. CST

    If you want to see a movie with plenty of gore

    by cookylamoo

    check out "An Inconvenient Truth". It's full of Gore.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Whew... I'm not the worst parent in the world!

    by Roguewriter

    Just when I start thinking I'm probably the single worst parent of all time... I'll fondly recall this TalkBack, and thank God I'm not. Sorry, Harry, but if you're showing this sort of thing to a 5-yr-old, you're out of your mind. Setting all that shit loose in his head, where it's gonna ping around and ricochet off his own memories and feelings... jesus, dude, that's just not cool. You and your sis need to cool it on the overly violent input for the lil fella. No, he's probably not going to grow up to become an axe murderer. But he IS going to have trouble sorting out the way those images and sounds make him feel -- and you WILL pay a price at some point. Sorry, just my two cents. I still love ya, big guy.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    It's funny.

    by chaos731

    This reminds me of the time that I chained my own five year old nephew to a chair, glued open his eyes with those Clockwork Orange-y things, and showed him a two hour long loop of that scene in Hellraiser 2 where the insane guy graphically slashes the shit out of himself. That was pretty funny. Oh, the times we had. Until he grew up, and started nailing puppies to trees, and whatnot. Seriously, just kidding about that stuff. I love horror (and run a fairly successful horror website myself), but there's stuff that you just shouldn't expose a five year old kid to, ya know? I don't care whose kid it is. I'm not sure that a watered down remake of The Omen is exactly the pinnacle of stuff that kids shouldn't see (I reserve that dubious honor for the Wiggles), but seriously...aren't there like ten perfectly suitable kids movies playing at any given time? Over the Hedge? Maybe? I'm not judging Harry...cuz frankly, I don't care. Oh, and the only...I repeat ONLY thing that makes me want to see this movie is the fact that Mia Farrow is in it. That's gotta be cool, and I can't believe Harry didn't even touch on that topic. Hmmm.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Darth Kong

    by Frijole

    That's a load, man. Just because I've become increasingly irritated with the inconsistency, contradictory nature and general craziness of Harry's reviews and what seems like a growing and very obvious set of agendas has nothing to do with my enjoyment of the site overall. I still like and trust Moriarty's reviews (those I agree with and those I don't) and I absolutely LOVE Vern. I even dig reading Merrick's, Massawyrm's and Quint's reviews (though I very often disagree with them and often consider phoning the men in white coats). I love movies, I love movie news, I love participating in talk backs and messageboards about movies. So... other than not liking a single writer (HEADGEEK though he may be, he is not the driving force of the site anymore) as of late... tell me again why I should leave.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:30 a.m. CST


    by chaos731

    Actually, I would much sooner let a five year old kid watch "Dead Alive" than "The Exorcist". "Dead Alive", unlike "The Exorcist" doesn't even have the PRETENSE of being realistic. It's a comic book, from start to finish, and as gory, over-the-top, and violent as that film is, there isn't a SECOND in that movie that's even remotely realistic. It's loud, goofy, entertaining, and (from time to time) a bit scary, but when it comes right down to it, there are far worse...and more potentially "scarring" films. Hell, I'd let a five year old watch "Dead Alive" before I'd let them watch "Old Yeller". That shit is just heart-wrenching. That's the kind of thing that has a truly lasting effect on kids. Kids are built to handle fear. That's what being a kid is all about. They can also handle violence. The job of the parent (or guardian) is to help the individual child put what they see into some sort of perspective. No kid is ever going to look at Dead Alive and think that it's anything other than what it is...a gory, goofy, ridiculous romp. Kids are usually better at discerning stuff like that than most adults.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    As retarded as evil dog in Summer of Sam?

    by JackRabbitSlim

    "Kill! Kill now! Do it now. Bow wow wow. Kill Now Bow Wow!."

  • June 2, 2006, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Children and violent movies.

    by Ingeld

    The fact that a five year old can "handle" gratuitous violence is a problem. If he was scared shitless out of the movie, then I would say he was normal.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:33 a.m. CST

    Actually, chaos, there AREN'T 10 kidvids showing...

    by Roguewriter

    ... that's part of the problem we run into. You usually have one or two options at any given time w/ theatrical releases, tops. After finishing the whole TalkBack, I'm moved almost to the point of retracting my comments above -- nobody has any business interfering w/ anyone else's uncle-time, I agree -- but still... damn, man. I think about the shit I snuck and watched as a kid, and much as I love horror today, oh, the nightmares! The internalized confusion! The lack of dates all through high school! I don't want my child to be an outsider -- I just want him to be happy. I want him walking out of OVER THE HEDGE going "That squirrel farted! HAHAHAHAH!" not walking out of THE OMEN pissed off and suffering from a headache. Some things really are better left for when you're older, my brothers. Harry, do Kubla a favor and save the good stuff -- PLANET OF THE APES, DAWN OF THE DEAD, etc -- til he's old enough to "get" them. To grasp not just the superficial coolness, the shock value, the epic scope and awesome imagery, but also the underlying themes, the power of the subtext, and (in the case of APES) the powerhouse uppercut of that final torturous scene. No more bad remakes!! You're a good man, Harry. The boy will turn out fine. ;)

  • June 2, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    beating a dead horse until it is a zombie horse

    by stvnhthr

    Seriously, adult supervision is about deciding what is best for a kid to watch, not letting them choose. Its like food; you wouldn't let him eat whatever he wants otherwise he'll grow up to be big and fat and unhealthy. It doesn't matter if he can distinguish it is all make believe, it still colors his perception of life and how people react. Heck I had to sit next to a five year old in Revenge of the Sith and he screamed every time the Emperor was on screen, you never know how a kid is going to react. I've almost given up on theatres because of bad parents and cell phones.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Will you stupid fucks get off your moral high horse?

    by FiendishMilt37

    "How DARE you take a five-year-old to see a horror movie!!" Yeah um it's up to the parents and family to determine what's appropriate, NOT you. Go find yerself a pink cigar and smoke it.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:35 a.m. CST

    This Just In: Virgin Talkbackers Know How To Parent!


    Yeah I kinda thought "The Omen" would suck the second I saw the kid. He just doesn't look scary like the original. I don't know what's more offensive: yet another shitty Hollywood remake or the fact that talkbackers are giving you shit about parenting. It's not like Harry is some beer-swilling trashy hick scaring the bejesus out of his nephew with horror movies because he likes them and refuses to watch anything else even when there's a kid around. Harry is actually involved in the movie business and can explain all the workings of a horror movie in a way that defuses their "realness" in the mind of a five-year-old. Anyone who has read Harry's reviews knows how well he can relate to five-year-olds.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:36 a.m. CST

    btw - on bringing your whelps to R rated movies

    by JackRabbitSlim

    Your misbegotten rectal-birthed child squirming in his seat, unable to keep their mouth shut is not cute to anyone but you. You are the definition of white trash.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Hairy's nephew...

    by Lou Stools

    I bet he pointed and laughed while mommy was spewing blood before scampering off and smashing frogs with rocks in the back yard.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Wow! I'm on the same page as Harry!

    by brycemonkey

    I've given you plenty of stick big guy but I'm with you on this one. A) The Omen remake sucks ass. B) If the kid's parents are cool with it then more power to you. I too am an uncle and would much prefer to talk/watch horror flicks than My Little Pony. That's what uncles are for. That and teaching the kid banned wrestling moves (not to be done to unwilling kids at school).

  • June 2, 2006, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Harry doth protest too much.....

    by don_gately

    and fucking how. TEN addenda to the review, most defending his family's choice to allow this child to watch anything he wants. Parents and guardians (which Harry is) that I see in theaters with toddlers and gradeschool kids watching stuff like The Omen or Hellraiser or whatever do so for one reason: it's too inconvenient or expensive to act as parents snd guardians should; it crimps their lifestyle. Harry, no matter how you paint this, your family is abdicating its duty to this child. No matter how many times you drop in to this talkback defending your laziness and self=centered stewardship of your nephew, the truth is YOU HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING HOW THESE FILMS ARE GOING TO AFFECT HIM. That is why parents should err on the side of caution. A child of that age is looking to please the important people in his life. If Harry is one of those people, then OBVIOUSLY he is going to show an interest in the things that Harry so passionately talks about and spends so much of his life invested in. Wake the fuck up. Your refusal to accept even the possibility that you are harming this kid demonstrates a shocking streak of self-righteous self-interest.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST

    paint-sniffing clowns

    by P.Furious

    just for the record, I would pay big bucks to see a movie actually put together by paint-sniffing clowns. Shakes the Clown probably comes closest to that dream, and that movie's classic. The Omen sounds more like it was put together by quadriplegic mimes.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Who cares...

    by monkeymafia

    ...about Harry's reviews anymore. After the biased and unconvincing bash on X-men 3. I'm just so pissed that I can no longer trust any of his reviews; and I even took the love letter to the Hulk (blech) in stride.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:44 a.m. CST

    cookylamoo, you just won the talkback

    by durhay

  • June 2, 2006, 8:45 a.m. CST

    insane paint sniffing clown posse strikes again

    by durhay

    autistic eyes/are watching you/they see your/every move

  • June 2, 2006, 8:46 a.m. CST


    by chaos731

    Not to put too fine a point on it, there is a difference between movie violence and real violence. And what does "gratuitous" mean, anyway? It's one of those words that people throw around (especially here in the States) without really thinking about what they're saying...what they really mean by that. The term "gratuitous violence" doesn't really mean anything anymore. I mean, is it EVER truly necessary to portray a violent act? Is it EVER truly important to story and/or character development to actually show violence happening? So, isn't ALL violence gratuitous? Sure it is. It's kind of like Oscar Wilde's quote about style (paraphrasing): "What's in style is what I'm wearing, what's out of style is what everyone else is wearing." Now, extrapolate from there. "Gratuitous" violence now implies violence that is somehow objectionable to and/or deemed unecessary by the individual viewer. Literally, every person (children included) has a threshold of violence...a threshold of obscenity...a threshold of naked boobies, a threshold for just about everything. It's up to the parent (through that magical and little-seen of late process called "parenting") not so much to decide what those thresholds are for their children, but to help the individual child to discover those thresholds in their own way. To be disgusted by something JUST BECAUSE mommy and daddy are disgusted by it is kind of, well, it's kind of sad, really. Kids learn from their parents, and if they learn from a reasonably early age that they can (or can't) handle certain types of imagery/sounds/books/music/foods/whatever, then they're not going to be in for as much of a shock later on in life when they are suddenly bombarded with all these different choices and options. Demystify violence and stuff, without actually shoving it down their throats, and you'll have kid who's much more willing and able to make intelligent, well-thought-out decisions for him or herself.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:55 a.m. CST

    Interesting that...

    by mbeemer

    ...the "best scene" in the movie is the decapitation. I'm reminded of Harlan Ellison's classic essay about the scene in the original movie and his reaction to the audience's reaction to it.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:59 a.m. CST

    I saw Dawn of the Dead when I was 6.

    by zerogundamx

    ZOMBIES fucking rule, I plan on kidnapping your nephew. I had nightmares for months though before becoming completely desensitized to all horror movies.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Stop Defending Yourself To These F**kholes Harry

    by topaz4206

    Every family is different. Everyone knows their child better than some fucking stranger does.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Waaaah!! Harry didn't LOVE X-Men 3!! Waaaah!!!

    by FiendishMilt37

    That's right fanboys, keep fellating those who spew such rancid mediocrities as X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, Elektra, and The Punisher on you. Because all of these timeless classics are as magnificent as a open-mouthed face-full of menstrual blood fart.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST


    by stvnhthr

    Welcome to post-modern relativism where there is no agreed upon right and wrong. You decide your own reality and morality. There are no absolutes. Wheee! No one tell me what to do, I have no resposnibility to society, just be true to myself.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:21 a.m. CST


    by Darth Kong

    OK. I get it. Peace. But sir, are a fuckhole.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:25 a.m. CST

    stvnhthr, don't worry...

    by brycemonkey

    the 'Nanny State' will tell you what to do/think shortly. They know what's best for you.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:26 a.m. CST

    by Harker-Writes

    Are you sure? Come on. Take a look at the guy in the Whitehouse. A loser, right?

  • June 2, 2006, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Harry Bashing A Fox Flick? Noooo Say it Aint so

    by JUSTICE41

    Harry is on a vendetta against Fox for whatever reason. Maybe they stopped taking him and here seriously or rejected a script or project. Maybe the fact his John Carter flick got dumped by Favreau for Marvel's Iron Man. Who knows. But I gotta agree, Remakes blow.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:52 a.m. CST

    Harry's Personal Life

    by Sean38

    Harry has been putting his personal life into his reviews for as long as I've been coming to this site (nearly 10 years). Bashing him for doing that is like bashing the sky for being blue. It's just how it is.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Harry is the new Britney Spears

    by Loosejerk

    I work with abused children. You wouldn't IMAGINE how many have issues related to being subjected to horror movies at an underdeveloped age. I would just hope that you don't let him watch it without some MAJOR discussion before and after.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Oh, Darth Kong...

    by aarguy

    If he becomes a serial killer at 16, its definitely not going to be due to him watching Dead Alive. Thats just a pathetic comment, and a weak attempt to justify something you have no clue about obviously. As for your nudity comment,,lol,,all i can say to that is I'd much rather explain that the gore in Dead Alive is fake than why that girl shoved her finger up that guy's ass in Cabin Fever... Will my nephew be seeing The Omen? Probably not, but to say hes going to be a psycho b/c of dead alive is one of the craziest things I've ever heard. If you want to keep your kid sheltered and only show im thomas the tank engine and teletubbies, its your call, but don't judge other people's decisions so harshly. True story: I had a friend in elementary school whos parents kept him sheltered, wouldent let him watch anything, wouldent let him walk across the street, and forced him into church every sunday. Know what he's doing now? Junked up, sucking cock for heroin, and currently in rehab for the 5th time. no lie.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Now THIS is a Harry review

    by Doctor_Sin

    Yeah, baby! This movie sounds like shit and the H-Bomb is the main geek to call donkeydicks on it. Leave Harry alone. His nephew is a budding film geek - that's much better than your average joe-blow-urchin who has no sense of cinema.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:01 a.m. CST

    it comes down to a comment made by beau st clair

    by emeraldboy

    who in a tv documentary shown some time in the uk and possibly the us about the film industry in the US, slated harry knowles for his dismantling for piece of garbage called rollerball, mctiernans last film. I only had to look at one scene of that catastphrope and not watch the rest of that crap. anyhoo she said that people like harry live in a vacuum and have no idea what goes into making a film and yet they can slate films on the internet. there has been bad blood ever since and anyway fox began to crack down on the net when sites popped up leaking plot deatails of buffy episodes.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by aarguy

    I do agree with your comments...if you do let your kids watch some of this stuff, you do have to have a discussion about it...I dont let my nephew watch anything realistic,,i wouldent EVER let him watch Faces of Death, or Hostel, Texas Chainsaw or something like that. and Kong, to call me a fuckhole without any justification shows me how stupid you truly are. I never attacked you on a personal level, and find it sad that you have to resort to that.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Yoko, Roro, Father Geek and Kublahkan???

    by chickychow

    Sounds like you went with the fuckin cast of a Japanese monster movie.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Harry's finally growing up......

    by bigdickmcgee

    No more fawning reviews for studio celluloid dogshit. Site....improving.....respect.....rising......

  • June 2, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST

    okay, i wasn't gonna say anything but...

    by TheBaxter

    i gotta agree with everyone saying it's irresponsible taking a 5 y.o. to a movie like this. the final straw was when harry says "he knows it's all make believe". wrong. a 5 year-old's brain is not developed enough to really understand the difference between reality and make-believe. any child psychologist will tell you that. there are kids who shoot other kids with guns they've found because they're just "playing make-believe."

  • June 2, 2006, 10:18 a.m. CST

    bigdick, realilze that Harry isnt going to be fair...

    by chickychow

    to a Fox movie. Im not saying they dont make stupid fuckin decisions, but he is most definetly biased.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:19 a.m. CST

    I gave you shit for your X-Men review Harry,

    by beefywhore

    In fact I think my exact words were "You wouldn't know a good movie from a bad movie if they were wearing name tags"...But I'm going to trust you on this one. Though I probably put more stock into Liev than you do obviously (he was marvelous in RKO-281) but I also think you are dead-on-balls acurate regarding Julia (needs to stick with teen-romances...or at least needs to show us her tits..take your pick) I also probably sound like a broken record when it comes to horror remakes, but even when they are good quality pictures (Hills Have Eyes) I still feel like it is a copout to be making them, I can cut a little bit of slack to the remakes of foreign horror, but this trend of remaking classic american horror is straight-fucking laziness on the part of Hollywood. And I'm a big fucking hypocrit for going to see these pics. I know there are people out there in the horror arena whose creative juices are running over, but these shit remakes of The Fog and Amytiville and now the Omen have a built-in audience and always open well so I guess I can count on seeing them remade over and over. Next they'll ass-rape Black Christmas, then probably Prom Night, and finally when the remake Earnest Scared Stupid..that will be a sign the the Apocalypse is upon us...Why not just clean up toe original Omen and re-release it for a gimick 06-06-06 that the right way, and I gurantee that thousands of horror fans would line up around the block to watch the original. Fucking Hollywood. Fuck them all in their stupid asses I hope they goddamn die.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    So what you're saying is you loved it?

    by exie

    Be careful Harry, Fox may use your "It

  • June 2, 2006, 10:20 a.m. CST

    This TalkBack is the reason I love this site...

    by performingmonkey

    There's nothing funnier than seeing people's reactions to Harry ripping the shit out of a movie. Not that I trust his judgement on this one though. He just wanted it to be the original with every frame. It's never gonna work if you're imagining Peck in the scenes and comparing every beat with the original. Sure, it shouldn't have been remade in that way, but this movie is NOT for people obsessed with the original! It's for people whom for them Jeepers Creepers 2 is a great horror flick. The same goes for the Chainsaw remake, the DotD remake - they're NEVER gonna be classics, it's just telling the story to this generation. It HAS to be dumbed down because today's general audience is generally dumb. The shit casting (David Thewlis and Michael Gambon aside. He he, Lupin and Dumbledore...) is likely due to no-one in their right mind wanting to take the lead in an Omen remake.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    The Score

    by casinoskunk

    Harry, i am glad to see a lot of mentions about the scores of films in AICN's reviews of late. It really makes a big difference whether i see a movie or not, based on who scored the film. it is good to hear that you guys care about a much overlooked piece of the 'film going experience' puzzle

  • June 2, 2006, 10:21 a.m. CST

    I'd let Harry babysit my kids

    by Doctor_Sin

    They've seen tons of horror flicks. The only ones off-limits to the under-18 kids are the Fulcis and the Hostels and the High Tensions and such - where the gore is pretty sick and out there. Our 9-year old has watched all our vampire films multiple times over for a few years now. Film Geeks With Kids Unite!

  • June 2, 2006, 10:24 a.m. CST

    To quote a serial killer...

    by chaos731

    I think it was Jeffrey Dahmer (or perhaps Edmund Kemper)... "As if people like me didn't exist before horror movies." Movies don't make people become serial killers. No more than reading the bible makes people serial killers. Serial killers aren't "made" by movies and books. They are "made" by systematic childhood emotional and/or sexual abuse (usually at the hands of a parent or other authority figure or figures), head injuries during formative years, severe mental illnesses gone too long without treatment, sexual confusion brought about by abuse or mistreatment, and other factors (or any combination of those factors). Even in those cases, serial killers...or even merely sociopathic individuals, require much more inspiration than a mere film (or films) to totally send them off the edge. Yes, horror movies can be a contributing factor, but so can religion, a leaf falling a certain way at a certain time of day, or any other given stimulus. So, I hardly think that watching The Omen is going to, inherently, turn Harry's nephew (or any child, for that matter) into the next Jack the Ripper. That said, it's how the child deals with those stimuli that makes all the difference...along with the degree of awareness, sensitivity, support, and maturity of a parent. Kids are FAR more receptive to suggestion from their parents than from movies and television, it's just that too many parents let movies, TV, and video games do the WHOLE job. It's not the fault of the games, movies, or whatever, and it's certainly not the fault of the kids if they can't handle fear. No, that fault/responsibility rests entirely on the only true influence on kids: their parents.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Harry, will you be MY uncle?

    by film_chic

    All of you people complaining about Harry actually letting Kubla experince things are why children are in such a state these days. He's doing it right...talking to the kid, spending time with him, explaining things, letting Kubla be his own opposed to not letting kids figure things out and always telling them what to believe. I WISH I had had an adult like Harry in my life while growing up instead of constantly being talked down to, told I was wrong, and told what to believe. Protecting kids from real pain is one thing, but "protecting" them from everything is another. That's where the therapy will come in later. Instead, discuss things with your kids. Answer their questions honestly. Spend some freakin' time with them while not talking down to them. They'll be better served for it. Yea, Harry!

  • June 2, 2006, 10:25 a.m. CST

    This is beyond, "we know what he can handle..."

    by Batutta

    Five is just too young, period. Nine or ten, then maybe a case could be made, but not five. Come on, dude. Why not just let him watch sado masochistic porn, then? It's just make believe after all.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    It's not as if the original "Omen" was any good, either

    by Ye Not Guilty

    I remember watching it when I was not much older than Harry's nephew and I remember mostly that it was boring and stupid, not scary. I don't even know why they bothered with a remake. I guess the producers thought they could get the story "right" this time. Another whiff and a miss.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:31 a.m. CST

    As long as the parents of your nephew are OK with it..

    by mad maximus

    I usually have my kid watch the making of Documentaries with me to show that 1) This is just a story and 2) This is how it was made. I also make sure that she knows that making a movie is a job for the folks involved and that job is to make sure that the story gets told.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:41 a.m. CST

    taking a 5 year old kid to see the omen isn't abusive

    by newc0253

    but writing extensive justifications in AICN talkbacks about why you took your 5 year old nephew to see the omen is verging on some serious ill-treatment. Harry should've just said "yeah, i took my nephew to see the omen, so what? deal already". instead i now know far more about Harry's nephew than frankly i ever wanted to.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:48 a.m. CST

    this talkback has convinced me

    by K|LLDOZER

    parents these days are complete PUSSIES. I can't believe the amount of back-seat parenting going on here, from people who have never even MET the child in question. Kids are different because they have different experiences that make up who they are. This kid most likely can handle scary movies because he's been in a scary movie and knows how they're put together. He can tell the difference between real and make-believe because he's already met the "man behind the curtain" so to speak. Are you people so daft as to think that his own mother can't decipher if her child is having a hard time watching a movie? Go yell at Britney for carrying her baby in the wrong hand, or something. jesus...get a life.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Hell in a handbasket

    by Crash115

    I consider myself to be open minded and pretty liberal, but I think we have become a people who are throwing away our ethics with our lazy, selfish justifications. We do what we want because it's easy and gratifying in the moment. We have passed that on to our kids as well. Like all loss of Innocence, it can't be undone. Did a five year need that "decapitation" image in his mind? Who cares if it's fake. And the excuse that he has seen worse before...raised on this kind of film by his loving parents...doesn't make it right. This is not a uber-Christian right crusade. This is a question of common sense and basic decency.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Damn it, leave Harry and his nephew alone

    by veritasses

    The worst parents I've seen are the ones who criticize other parents' parenting skills while they praise their own kids like they're God's gift to humanity when in reality their children are pawning their TV sets and using that money to smoke crack inside their house. And those are the same people who get GOOD parents stuck defending themselves in child abuse court over the dumbest things. NEWC0253 has the right idea Harry. Tell the nosey TBers to just deal and ignore 'em. You take your newphew whereever you damn well please. On a different note, isn't anyone on this site going to review Jennifer Aniston's nude scene? I thought this was Ain't It Cool News.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:11 a.m. CST


    by Crash115

    I left out a few words in a sentence in my last post. I meant to state "raised on this kind of film by who I am sure are loving parents..." What I posted seemed to question the Love of his parents for their child. Although I obviously disagree with their parenting choices, I have no right to question that they love their child. I apologize for the inference.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:15 a.m. CST

    I can't believe

    by Bob Muttonchops

    you took your nephew to see the Omen remake! You only have to see the teaser to see the kid is as scary as a soggy ham sandwich. For shame, Harry, for shame. P.S. Why would the kid visit AICN to see what Harry thinks of his performance?

  • June 2, 2006, 11:26 a.m. CST

    I understand the point about the Italians and LEDs

    by Novaman5000

    I don't think they'd where them either. There is definitely a fashion-type over there we Americans don't have, and I can't see higher ups wearing digital watches with their 1000 euro suits and what not. But that's neither here nor there, really. Might have been more subtle if they had the same 6:6:06: crap on an analog watch so that it was something you ahd to really watch closely to notice. Anyway, it seems as though Harry's a little bitter about them remaking this film, especially seeing as how he hated it alot more than most reviews I've seen. The bulk of his review was point out how stupid the "changes" were in the film, but just because it's a remake, how much should we compare it to the original and how much should we judge it on it's own merit? Also, I think it depends on the kid in this whole movie debate. I think that violent media has a very limited affect on children's development, anyway. It's, as always, up to the parent how the children turns out, not a couple movies they saw.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Some talkbackers will defend ANYTHING

    by Rowley Birkin QC

  • June 2, 2006, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Dont bag on harry for "Corrupting" his nephew

    by Dmann

    Til you meet the kid. Seriously. Meet the kid, see how normal and sane he is (as much as a 5 year old can be) and THEN tell me how bad harry and Sister Satan are for showing KublaiKhan the material he is shown. Otherwise, you just don't have all the facts.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:35 a.m. CST

    This is what is wrong with America

    by coldsun08

    I grew up on Horror movies. My sons love horror movies (one of them is a zombie fan just like Harry's nephew). Everyone in this country has turned into little pussies. You raise your kids to be pussies and they grow up to be pussies. We are doomed. Seriously though, take your judgemental crap and shove it straight up your ass. My kids are smart enough to understand its a movie. Its fake. The funny thing? You idiots complain about young ones seeing a horror movie but all they have to do is go sit on their damn xbox for 5 minutes and kill 100 people in some damn game. The heart of the problem? Because idiot parents like the ones on here complaining about Harry shelter their kids from everything and don't explain jack to them, we have no imagination left in our country. Movies for example. Sequels. Remakes. Book adaptations. There is nothing NEW ever being made that is worth a damn these days. Why? Because Hollywood is AFRAID.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:36 a.m. CST

    I'm on Harry's side on this one...

    by OBSD

    My best friend's son watched Evil Dead when he was 5. And he loved it! The kid knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He's 8 now and he loves the Predator and Aliens movies to death. Because every kid is different. Some understand that a movie is just a movie and some are big pussies who get scared at Bambi. But now my friend's new fiancee doesn't think like that. She thinks that ALL kids should be put in a bubble and protected from the big bad world until they're 20. I call shenanigans on that bullshit. If you raise your kid in cookie-cutter way and don't put in the time to get to know what your child can handle emotionally, then that's being a worse parent than taking your 5 year old kid to see a horror movie. The only thing I ask is that you are certian your kid can handle it before you go. Because there's nothing worse than a screaming child during a movie to make my blood boil.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST

    regarding children going to horror flicks...

    by beefywhore

    When I went to the fucking Renny Harlin Exorcist prequel it was 10pm showing and there was some joker that brought his 2 young daughters...every time something startling happened they'd start screaming and crying until finally people in the thater started yelling at the guy to take his kids home...I was right up there on the bandwagon with everyone else in the theater until I realized that that movie made me cry uncontrolably too...

  • June 2, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST


    by quadrupletree

    Harry, when, where and how can we see Pathogen?!?!

  • June 2, 2006, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I saw (and adored Robocop) when i was 6

    by tripp5

    you're all being a bunch of vaginas.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST

    I Was Forced to Watch Horror Movies . . .


    One was actually a comedy, but it scared the piss out of me and I had nightmares for weeks. It was called "Arnold"--it was released on VHS at one point, so you can still see it, probably, and be scared by it's badness. Jamie Farr as some kind of stereotypical Indian royalty. The gag is, a dead guy marries his wife after he dies, and has pre-arranged to murder all his greedy relatives after the fact. I was five at the time and begged not to go. I begged! Compared to the Omen, it was a Bugs Bunny cartoon, but I didn't want to see it and I was right. The whole thing terrified me. Although I will say my mom was sorry. I think kids that can talk can probably tell you if a movie is a bad idea for them or not. I know I sure could! Getting them to listen, that's another issue. I didn't get a choice about "Hellhouse". I was just taken (I think I was four) and I almost had a heart-attack. Had I seen some commercials and been given a choice, I would have said "no". I hated scary stuff up until I was about 7. But I agree, parents ought to preview questionable flicks before taking their kids (Knowles nephew may be an exception to this rule, tho, given the environment he's been raised in). Another thing they ought to preview is amusement park rides. I took my six year old daughter on the Dinosaur ride at Disney's Animal Kingdom and my poor little girl about had a heart attack. I should have known better, and previewed the ride myself first. Because I never would have taken her on it, had I known. She's cool with most horror movies, though, even though I don't let her watch a lot of stuff she'd probably enjoy, mostly because (a) patience is a good thing and (b) kids grow up fast enough as it is. No R-rated horror until she's in her teens. But if the parents were cool and the kid was cool, I'm not sure I see all the fuss is about Harry taking his nephew. It's not like his nephew repeatedly begged his terrible mother not to take him to that awful movie, and yet she did, and then he had nightmares for weeks and months afterwards. Am I projecting?

  • June 2, 2006, 12:09 p.m. CST

    Living in ireland I remember the whole Childs play

    by emeraldboy

    storm. Jamie bolger was murderred by two young kids. Childs play was banned by the tory gvt and so bgan the slogan ban this sick flick. not untill later, did anyone realise of course that problem was not childs play and uk media discovered that the back ground of the tweo kids who murdered jamie were less then ideal and they themselves came from broken holmes. But film like TCM, Childs Play, driller killer and the toolbox murders were grist to the mill for the middle england, then tory voting, daily mail readers. I remember esteemed british critic Christopher tookie wanted all of sony's products removed from british stores when Cronenbergs Crash came out. ex-tory mp Virgina bottomly or as fry called I am evil tory bigot, wanted crash banned from london cinemas, not a single member of the london borough council had seen the film and still it got banned. it remains banned in Ireland. The press gave glowing reviews and empire magazine dubbed it one of the finest films of the 90's. I also remember Oliver Stones OTT Natural Born Killers getting a lifetime ban in ireland on the basis of very spurious media stories of copy cat killings. NBK has played on TV as has the excorsist and the original TCM by tobe hooper.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:10 p.m. CST

    "Harry blasted it, so it must be good." -my GF

    by nomad202

    haha, my girlfriend doesnt even visit this site. We were excited about X-MEN 3 and i showed her Harry's review. I told her that he was being negative about the movie from day 1 so its no suprise. We went and saw it on opening night, we both LOVED IT. I just showed her this review, we both laughed at the digital watch and bad hair critiqe'ing. Then she said "Well Harry blasted it, so it must be good." Thanks Harry.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:11 p.m. CST

    I was 2 1/2 when I saw Cannibal Holocaust

    by chickychow

    I laughed, I cried, I pissed on the rug and barfed up apple sauce.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    I Just Looked up "Arnold" in the IMDB


    If actually came out in 1973, I would have been four. But more importantly, it was starring an unfortunate fellow named Patrick Knowles (in his last movie role, apparently, at least according it IMDB) . . . any relation to a certain Harry Knowles, I am wondering?).

  • June 2, 2006, 12:16 p.m. CST

    But, what about the PAINT-SNIFFING CLOWNS????

    by Doctor_Sin

    Don't tickle the tip of my dick with a tease like that unless you intend to stick with it for the long haul. I want some paint-sniffing clowns in this film, pronto.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:19 p.m. CST

    We Recently Rented Childs Play . . .


    And my little girl loved it. I remembered it as being a lot better, when I first watched it when I was in college. She wants to rent all the others, which we'll get around to. Poltergiest is popular, too, but she found Gremlins boring (I still enjoy it). And she likes Eight Legged Freaks.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Harry, did you think Liev did a bad job in RKO 281?

    by stlfilmwire

    I really would like to know. But yes, Julie Stiles is awful. I think someone should take both her and Kirsten Dunst, sew them together, and drop them in a vat of hot, melted ass-scented candle wax.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:25 p.m. CST

    Harry's nephew will be perfectly OK ...

    by Prof.Ikamono

    So long as he never lets him read the hateful shit on these talkbalks. That WOULD turn him into a serial killer.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST


    by digital8

  • June 2, 2006, 12:37 p.m. CST

    But Was The 9/11 Imagery Still At The Start?

    by flamingrunt

  • June 2, 2006, 12:40 p.m. CST

    Isn't Mia Farrow in this?

    by conniebrean

    Could someone who has seen the film comment on her performance? She was great in Rosemary's Baby and she's the only reason I'm interested in this.

  • June 2, 2006, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Just to add....

    by emeraldboy

    One day in primary school a mate whose father owns or a video repair shop, he brought in some video and this was the very first time I had ever heard the name Ahnald. The films, then betamax video, he brought in were commando, predator and Rambo 2, think, now for some reason, when it got to the part where rambo tears off his own skin, off went the video, my choice was Labyrinth. Which I thought my classmates would enjoy but I was wrong. The press had a very snobbish attitude towards ahnald who viewed as nothing more than a muscular grunt we have all been proved wrong since then about ahnald. The guy was ruthless, ambitious and clever and total control of his own image, watch pumping iron and you will see what i mean and try and track down a very good documentary about his time in the uk. Sir Jimmy Saville was instrumental in ahnalds early days. Whos sir jimmy. Check louis Theroux which the son of the author paul meets very famous people, the one with sir jimmy is a classic.....

  • June 2, 2006, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Harry's nephew is special

    by Cedar_Room

    He gets praised for acting like a convincing zombie don't you know. I thought this site was about films not how you're fucking up the mind of a child. A 5 year old child likes "cooking and experimenting with ingredients" and you DON'T think thats fucked up???

  • June 2, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    there is a difference between JAWS and THE OMEN mate...

    by Spacesheik

    harry harry does not take 5 year olds to these films for petes sakes dude

  • June 2, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Harry, kids are KIDS!

    by MrCere

    Harry, 5-year-old kids CANNOT separate reality from fantasy (like many on this site). No matter WHAT you think, no matter what he has seen or likes or plays or whatever, HE IS FIVE! He is NOT mature enough to watch horror films. The fact he PLAYS zombie should tell you something. Yikes! It isn't defensible.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Let's See...

    by coldsun08

    I'm betting that the 5 year old has more intelligence and imagination than any of the three posters above this post.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Paint sniffing clowns

    by beefywhore

    would probably make this movie scarier...

  • June 2, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    It's child abuse to take young kids to R-rated movies

    by Moa Kaka

    I know people like the ego boost its gives them to think "my kid is more mature that other kids" or "my kid is so intelligent that we can have a discourse on the movie" or some other bullshit. But they are still little kids, and you are warping their psyche - or, if they are impervious to explicit violence at age 5, then the damage has already been done. Thank God I'll be dead by the time these kids grow to become messed up adults.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:19 p.m. CST

    A realistic movie about the Antichrist LOL

    by antonphd

    I think it's funny to see a movie about a white american anti-christ when this half of the world was never even mentioned in the Bible. Typical. I'm sure the Omen movie sucks, even with the great actors in it. But can one really argue it's not realistic when... it about the antichrist?! This is like argueing about whether or not a santa claus movie is realistic. Who is the authority on this? The original was just about the biggest piece or rediculousness concerning christian theology. I still laugh when I think about how ignornatly arogant white 1st world christians are that actually think the anti-christ will be white american. It's like them thinking that the bible was written in old english.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Kids, Zombies... the whole deal

    by KokopelliJoe

    My best friends (who are brothers) have 3 nephews much younger than them. We are all pretty big gamers, and the first exposure to zombies they had was from Resident Evil. The two that were old enough played them like crazy... and the younger one watched and learn. They have played almost every RE game now, and seen plenty of zombie movies. I will go over there sometimes... and instead of playing cops & robbers... they are playing "zombies." It doesn't scare them, so it's not like they are being traumatized. MrCere says kids that young can't seperate fantasy from reality... that is TOTAL bullshit. Kids that young know Harry Potter isn't real.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Moa Kaka

    by FiendishMilt37

    "Thank God I'll be dead by the time these kids grow to become messed up adults." Do us a favor and bump the date up a few decades. And please don't ever procreate. We need a few less pussywimp faggots in the gene pool.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:23 p.m. CST

    Hulk Hogan as Harry Knowles...

    by Doctor_Sin

    "I make my nephew watch gorenography, brother." This TB is ridiculous. For the love of god, leave Harry and his nephew alone. His nephew isn't playing Son of Sam for chrissakes!

  • June 2, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Moa Kaka

    by coldsun08

    Your kids must have grown up in a plastic bubble. I'm glad idiots like you won't be around when my kids grow up too. Maybe imagination and intelligence will reign once again and not religious-fearing B.S.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by Praetor

    Go ahead and do as you please, just keep your fucked up dysfunctional brats away from the rest of us.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool Ranch

    by TheAnomalist

    ...Can you imagine being a little kid and stuck in Harry's Forrest J.Ackerman-wannabe Geek Lair with no way out? I shudder to think what it would be like- If I was a kid I'd rather see the Omen, or take my chances at Neverland Ranch. Harry, I look forward to seeing your nephew on the news when he goes Columbine in a 10 years and shoots up his school.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Wait a minute Harry!

    by indiebum

    I thought you loved every minute of Episode I.... hmmmm..... btw, this was hilarious -- thank you.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by Ingeld

    While I admit that gratuitous is often gratuitously used, I would not agree that all violence in movies is gratuitous. Not at all. Sometimes depicting violence is completely necessary for the movie, consider Schindler's List or the first twenty minutes of saving Private Ryan. Movies can take violence on as a subject, but to use the depiction of violence to entertain is gratuitous. Demystify violence? One does not demystify violence by creating movies which one enjoys its depiction. The first twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan is an attempt to demystify it; I haven't seen this movie the Omen, but I seriously doubt the aim of this movie is to do that. Friday the 13th and all that ilk is about people enjoying the depiction of murder. I think a diet of such movies are bad for the psyche of anybody, and I think beyond the diet of a five year old boy the way alcoholic beverages should be. (If Harry took his nephew to his house and got the boy drunk, with the blessing of his parents, would that be okay? Shouldn't a child experience the threshold of alcohol in is own way? Not just because one's parents might be against it?) Parents are important because they are role models; that's how children learn for good or for bad. If a child learns to be disgusted at violence from them, then great.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:33 p.m. CST


    by Ingeld

    While I admit that gratuitous is often gratuitously used, I would not agree that all violence in movies is gratuitous. Not at all. Sometimes depicting violence is completely necessary for the movie, consider Schindler's List or the first twenty minutes of saving Private Ryan. Movies can take violence on as a subject, but to use the depiction of violence to entertain is gratuitous. Demystify violence? One does not demystify violence by creating movies which one enjoys its depiction. The first twenty minutes of Saving Private Ryan is an attempt to demystify it; I haven't seen this movie the Omen, but I seriously doubt the aim of this movie is to do that. Friday the 13th and all that ilk is about people enjoying the depiction of murder. I think a diet of such movies are bad for the psyche of anybody, and I think beyond the diet of a five year old boy the way alcoholic beverages should be. (If Harry took his nephew to his house and got the boy drunk, with the blessing of his parents, would that be okay? Shouldn't a child experience the threshold of alcohol in is own way? Not just because one's parents might be against it?) Parents are important because they are role models; that's how children learn for good or for bad. If a child learns to be disgusted at violence from them, then great.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Praetor.. Another Pussy.

    by coldsun08

    Sure I can do that as long as you keep your fucked up backwards ass opinions to yourself.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:36 p.m. CST

    The autistic jabs were fucked up, Harry

    by antonphd

    For all of the BS about whether or not you should take a 5 year old to an obviously unscary movie, I am kinda dissapointed that only 1 person mentioned the slap in the face to autistic people. My older brother is autistic and I gotta say that it felt pretty shitty to read a review where you are comparing some shitty acting to equaling autistic behavior and making it such a disdainful thing. Worse is how obvious the lack of respect for autistic people is. You know... I really expected more from the guy who fell in love with Rose in Titanic and gushed about it for pages and pages. That was my intro to this site and to a reviewer who really seemed to give a fuck about people and movies. Please tell me that you fucked up and you are sorry. Tell me you are still the guy who gives a shit and not just about movies. Cause that is what keeps me interested in what you have to say about movies.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I saw Nightmare on Elm Street when I was six...

    by blackwood

    ...and I've only ever killed and eaten one person. People are so sensative these days. Mmm. Tender people.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Welps & Horror Movies

    by glodene

    What's with all this knee-jerk pc-ism? When I was a youngun, my parents took me to see The Exorcist, Shaft, Kelly's Heroes, Willard, etc, etc & etc...And I came out okay. Granted one time i got pissed off at mommy for not buying that rubber dolly for my 27th birthday, which resulted in her now being (currently) buried in the backyard, but other than that i'm a well adjusted productive citizen of society. I do miss her making my pork sausage & jelly samiches though.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:56 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON for autistic slurs!

    by Doctor_Sin

    Harry was being flippant, like calling something "gay" in the Junior-High School sense of the word, while not particularly delivering an insult to one's homosexual brothers and sisters. It's just a snide, flippant remark.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    "Dick Van Dyke Show"

    by Mister Man

    Yeah, it was a damn episode of "The DVD Show" that scared the crap out of me when I was three....the one where the gang was staying in a "haunted" cabin. "Chitty"'s Child Catcher scared me when I was 6. Hell, I didn't see a PG till I was 12. Watched a zillion old classics on TV, though, before video surfaced in the late 70s. At 44, I have several nephews, and they ask enough questions after a "Bob the Builder" DVD, that I know anything remotely resembling horror would blow their socks off.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Problem with hard-"R" movies and kidz. . .

    by pewterschmidt

    ...even films of the horror genre, they tend to have other types of adult stuff in them like really profane language and occasionally explicit sexual situations (often with an element of sadism) which I personally would not feel comfortable letting an offspring view. Still, I'm not gonna tell someone else what's appropriate or not for his own young relations. Harry has explained himself pretty well and shows that he knows what he's doing in regards to his nephew, so quit gangbanging him fer crissakes.

  • June 2, 2006, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Paint Sniffing Clowns

    by Marduk

    Finally, my trip-hop-emo-core-nu-metal vanity project has a name worthy of viral marketing. Excelsior!

  • June 2, 2006, 1:59 p.m. CST

    That headline was funny Headgeek!

    by Lost Skeleton

    I knew this was going to be terrible when I saw the trailer. Pure shite

  • June 2, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Harry's nephew WILL be fucked up, but not...

    by Angry Mean Panda

    because of horror movies, but because his uncle is a morbidly obese middle aged man with the mentality and emotional maturity of a 6 year old.

  • June 2, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    He's 5?!?

    by chrth

    Good lord, I remember when he was born. I've been on this site too long.

  • June 2, 2006, 2:10 p.m. CST

    Harry should change AICN to IHFM..

    by warpspasm


  • June 2, 2006, 2:16 p.m. CST

    OK, to all the pussies out there...

    by beefywhore

    When I was 6 yrs old my dad wanted to take me to Alien. He told me it was going to be scary and I told him I was afraid to go, but he talked me into it and it made me a horror fan for life. I'll admit when I am at a late showing of Hostile and some lady drags her 4 yr old in wearing their pj's that I think its probably inappropriate especially when the Kids start screaming their heads off..but not all kids are exactly alike. It's more appropriate that they be there with their parents than that they see it somewhere when there no adults to remind them that its all make-believe. If my parents hadn't talked me into trying things I wouldn't be the well-rounded beefywhore you've all come to love. Stop worrying about how other people are raising their kids and raise your own.

  • June 2, 2006, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Parents took me to see a double feature

    by BilboRing

    Of Cat People and the Thing. They could not find a babysitter. I was fucking paranoid for months after that shit. They still laugh about it.

  • June 2, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Child Actor's think they are real Thespians...

    by Mr. Profit

    When today's child actors approach a role they never are authentic. They think too much about the role and all want to be fucking Haley Joel Osment or Dakota Fanning. The kid in the original Omen was creepy because he was a normal kid. And he did shit unintentionally in real life that they left in the movie and it added to how creepy he was. (The whole No Daddy No! and the smile at the end.) When you see the trailers for this shit, you can see the wheels turning in this kids head (I gotta be scary because I'm Damien!) and the whole whispering (Good Bye Mommy) to Julia Stiles was fucking retarded. Shit at this rate, The Omen 4 with the girl looks better than this shit. Why couldn't they cast a kid who acted normal but had a hint of being fucked up in him?

  • June 2, 2006, 2:41 p.m. CST


    by Roguewriter

    ... MAKE BETTER PARENTS THAN MOVIE GEEKS. Film at eleven. ;)

  • June 2, 2006, 2:42 p.m. CST

    So you guys think it's wrong...

    by The Guy Who Nods take a kid to see a horror movie? Well, I come from a Military family, and my old man took me to see Platoon and Full Metal Jacket when I was six.

  • June 2, 2006, 2:47 p.m. CST

    not a Pussy...a good parent

    by Crash115

    Brenda Spencer, Nathan Ferris, Jamie Rouse, Barry Loukaitis, David Dubose, Jr., Evan Ramsey, Michael Carneal, Andrew Golden, Mitchell Johnson, Kipland Kinkel, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold... They were five years old and impressionable once too. Anyone who says they know their kid can handle it is a fool. Even the best parents are walking a tightrope to raise their kids the best they can. One last example (and yes, I know it is an EXTREME example, but we're talking about percieved damage): Is it okay to have sex with your eight year old neice just because you know her Dad has been doing it for years?

  • June 2, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Rape is not funny unless...

    by Doctor_Sin

    You're raping a PAINT-SNIFFING CLOWN.

  • June 2, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    I was about 8 when I saw my 1st horror movie....

    by Mr. Profit

    My mom let me watch Halloween on WPIX 11 on Halloween with her. She told me it was a movie and it wasn't real. We both watched and she was more scared than I was. But I handled it well, and as I got older, Horror became my favorite genre.

  • June 2, 2006, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Movie Theater?!?!?!?

    by KabutoKoji

    You mean this is *NOT* going straight to video?!?!?!?!?

  • June 2, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Profit...good point about the kid.

    by vinceklortho

    The kid or his parents know that there could be a huge film career ahead and the way he delivers his lines reaks of him trying too hard. It's because of the fact that they are remaking an old horror classic and there is already this pedestal to which the original stands. The kid, or director, are just thinking how he can be creepier than the original kid. And, when you start thinking about that, as far as acting, you've already gone too far...some of the best scenes from the original are the fact that the kid looks like an angel and hardly says stuff. But, when he cries, such as in the car with the baboons or at the end when Peck has to kill's that much more horrifying. The Exorcist did that good too with Linda Blair. Oh, well. I'm disappointed again. Keep shoveling the remakes Hollywood, maybe you'll get one right someday! This is getting to be totally ridiculous.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Wow, I bet a lot of idiots are going to be really sad.

    by Rollo Tomassi

    So, a remake of a movie celebrated in the book "The 50 Worst Films of All Time" is bad, and we're disappointed by this? Som,e movies have the completely unwarranted mantle of classic thrust upon them just because they're old and some people remember them fondly from when they were kids. When a bad movie is remade as a bad movie, no one should be surprised.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:05 p.m. CST


    by Blanket-Man

    "They tend to have other types of adult stuff in them like really profane language and occasionally explicit sexual situations (often with an element of sadism) which I personally would not feel comfortable letting an offspring view." BINGO. That's my argument: Preview the flick FIRST, so you can actually make a decision whether it's appropriate for a kid or not. Harry, what if "The Omen" had some awful bloody rape scene or some such? You all want to take your kids, I have no problem. But at least know what you're getting them into first.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:06 p.m. CST


    by glodene


  • June 2, 2006, 3:09 p.m. CST

    Are you going to say more cracks about autistic folk?

    by stlfilmwire

    I wouldn't have went there, bud. That's all I am saying.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:11 p.m. CST

    The other 49 films SUCKED hard and bad

    by Doctor_Sin

    I never really understood why this film was in that book. It's a scary fucking film. It's scary in its tone and tempo. It's scary in its slowness and its methodical march toward the inescapable. I guess the only thing that explains it is Michael Medved starting to show his, shall we say, leanings. His reviews since the days of The Golden Turkey have shown him to be completely unreliable and, in my opinion, retroactively negate his views on the Omen.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:12 p.m. CST

    I'd never let my kids see a horror movie!!

    by BilboRing

    At 5, 9 or 11. No matter what they "love." It's irresponsible and it's just not appropriate. If the parents agree to it, they should seriously think harder. That's fucking retarded. A paint sniffing clown wouldn't do that. For shame, Knowles.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:15 p.m. CST

    This loser could never be President!

    by Proman1984

    This is what they said about Bush too! Anyway, Liev Shreiber rocks!

  • June 2, 2006, 3:17 p.m. CST

    BilboRing give kids some credit. don't be uptight moron

    by Proman1984

    an 11 year old kid can handle most any horror movie. You don't knw shit about child psycoology. As a metter of fact it's almost normal for a child to see an occasional scary movie (nothing too extreme of course).

  • June 2, 2006, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Hey Rollo...

    by Frijole

    Where do you get that the original Omen sucked? It was critically acclaimed. Well written and paced. Clever. Scary as hell. To say nothing of being stocked with top notch actors. It isn't a classic because it's "old". It's a classic because it's GREAT.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:20 p.m. CST


    by Crash115

    I agree...there's a lot of shitty parenting out there. I got spanked when I was a kid and my kids do too. I am generally not a soapbox person...but my kids are affected by the lousy parenting of other people. If a kid is exposed to violence at a young age, they CAN become numb to it. It CAN be easier to resort to violence as a means of expression because they don't understand the consequences. Not all kids (obviously anyone related to the posters on this site are immune). But if there is even a chance that it could produce a Dylan Klebold or an Eric Harris, isn't it worth taking the chance and saying "no." Sorry for taking this shit seriously, but my kids go to school too...and call me a pussy if you want, but I do care.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:22 p.m. CST

    *Never* let your kids see a horror flick?

    by Doctor_Sin

    What about Lugosi, Chaney, Karloff, Cushing, and Lee all running around in the faux-victorian misty moonlight terrorizing the populace? They're pretty tame by today's standards, but are still *horror* films.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Oh, wait - how many of you took your kids to SW: ROTS

    by Doctor_Sin

    Where Anakin lights up his saber to slaughter little kids and a kindly-looking old man turns into a wrinkled old evil wizard?

  • June 2, 2006, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Also, about the autism cracks...

    by Angry Mean Panda

    Harry, you do realize that there are severely autistic people out there that probably have double the IQ you do, yes?

  • June 2, 2006, 3:27 p.m. CST

    I Didn't Wanna See This Flick Until...

    by buster00

    ...Harry mentioned "paint-sniffing clowns." As others have alluded above, I would pay $100 to see a movie put together by paint-sniffing clowns. I'm putting my young nieces and nephews in the car Tuesday and we're all gonna go sniff paint and catch "The Omen." Whether they like it or not.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:37 p.m. CST


    by glodene

    Uh, helloooo, homebase schooling and bullet-proof vest at the local gunshop.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:39 p.m. CST

    This film may mean the most to me than any other film..

    by DanielKurland

    I saw it when I was 8 or 9, and it started my entire fascination with horror films. We also had to pause the movie during the baboon scene, as my recently divorced father came over, and my mom and him talked/argued for so long, the pause wore off, and I had to re-apply it. It may sound stupid, but this film was huge for me as a child, and definitely is important to me. Also, it's probably the only horror trilogy (if you don't include the TV movie) that made sense to be made (as opposed to the same movie happening again more or less in a different location, or whatever. Psycho 1-3 also made sense, although having a sequel to begin with wasn't needed, but after the 2nd, the 3rd did need to happen). Anyways, I'm not expecting a huge amount, but I'll definitely see it.

  • June 2, 2006, 3:43 p.m. CST


    by Crash115

    But then they miss out on all the school yard drug activity! Plus, how will my boy lose his virginity if not to his middle school teacher!

  • June 2, 2006, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Second thoughts

    by glodene

    Uhhh after reading DanielKurlands' post, you may have valid reasons to be concerned for the kids (and society) as a whole. I feel you Crash115 - RESPECT!

  • June 2, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST


    by Dmann

    all of the homicidal maniacs you named from columbine and wherever else watched horror movies and played doom. They also probably ate cheerios. Did Cheerios make them murderers? What films made Jack the Ripper go nuts, or Hitler, or John Wayne Gacy, or Ed Gein? None. If a kid is fucked in the head and they watch violent movies, how is it you assume it was ONLY the movies that made them crazy. Youre adding Two plus 4 and getting 12... The acclimation to violence is not achieved in any permanent or effective way by simple exposure to media. The real acclimatization to violence, the ability to commit violent acts without remorse comes from the home environment. Go read a book by John Douglas or any other authority on murder. Films and entertainment media are only a MINOR part of creating antisocial behaviors. Yes, turning a kid loose to watch whatever gore they want is bad, no fucking shit. But thats not what harry describes. He describes watching it WITH the kid. Christ, youre a bunch of judgemental fuckheads. YOU DONT KNOW ALL THE FACTS. Please, continue to be idiots, it makes the rest of us seem smarter. Look at the talkback, you can read dozens of anecdotal references to people, firsthand who developed nothing more than a love for horror films by watching scary movies as children. Neglecting your child will make them crazy.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Crash you've got the wrong idea...

    by beefywhore

    If all those school-shooters whose names you spent so much time looking up online had parents who took an interest in what they were doing with their time, and taught them the difference between reality and fantasy, they'd have turned out differently. My father is a card carrying member of the NRA and I'm not. He loves to fish and hike and I'm a fat slob. I didn't turn out exactly like him but he taught me to respect guns and if I ever pointed a gun (even a toy gun) at someone I was reprimanded. You can be a good parent without being over protective, you just have to find a happy medium. Those Jokers you mentioned were latch-key kids whos parents didn't take an interest in what was going on in their lives. If you talk to your kids about whats going on in their lives you can find out a lot of things. But people are so quick to blame scary movies and video games. Gimme a break. Those kids could have grown up never having seen so much as a particularly violent episode of the Road-runner Coyote show, and they still would have done what they did. It's parents who don't take an interest that cause tragedies like that. But you don't have to cut out all the fun and exciting things in life just to protect your just have to make sure they understand whats right and whats wrong.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:10 p.m. CST


    by Praetor

    I think I can clear up your confusion. I actually give a fuck about the development of my children regardless of whether some anonymous asshole on the internet judges me a 'pussy'. Does that mean that my children will be 'protected' from the world? No. Frankly the fact that you consider slasher flicks to be evocative and challenging speaks volumes for your character. Movies to me are entertainment, not education or life experience.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST

    Madagascar made my kid cry

    by earl of sandwich

    I just got a new high def set and was testing it out. I was putting on a bunch of CG ctuff, cause it looks so good, and I let my 2 year old son watch. He still hasn't watched a full ength movie yet. Anyway's, he cried when the tree fell on the Lion. Like balled. There's no friggin way I'd let my kid watch a horror at 5. Just cause the parent is O.K. with it, doesn't make it right. Any pair of idiots with a dick & vag can have a kid, doesn' mean the SHOULD.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Wow, Liev Schreiber was that bad?

    by Drath

    Are you just mad at the movie, Harry, or did Liev Schreiber really deserve to be ripped up like that? I'm surprised...although I guess they all can fuck up. Just you didn't seem to like him at all, not even giving him the "normally good but not here" kind of treatment. I've thought your opinions of actors was shit before, so it won't surprise me if we just don't agree about the man's talent. But he'd have to be truly awful to be a bigger "loser" than the President we currently have.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:21 p.m. CST

    As a kid I saw R-rated action, but not horror.

    by Neo Zeed

    My parents wouldn't allow me to watch the straight horror stuff as most of the 80's stuff was pretty amoral and were afraid it would disturb me. If it had a action slant like Lost Boys or Aliens then it was cool. Stuff like Die Hard, Total Recall, Rambo, Running Man, Lethal Weapon (although violent)were your basic moral "good guy vs bad guys" stuff so it was ok to watch.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by Evil Chicken

    It was done right the first time.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Side-by-side comparison!

    by Doctor_Sin

    Full of spoilerish texts, if you give a shit:

  • June 2, 2006, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Exactly what I expected, though Harry is much gentler..

    by SalvatoreGravano

    ...towards it than I expect myself to be. The worst part? It WILL make hundreds if millions. You know it. And the sequels will follow. And the remake of "The Exorcist". Followed by "Paul W. S. Anderson's The Exorcist vs The Omen". And from now on, cretins will think of this remakerape whenever they hear the title of the real "Omen" (of whose existence they are most likely unaware) . . . . . . . . "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out, with seven heads and ten horns, and ten crowns upon his horns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy, and the name of blasphemy was HOLLYWOOD, and the blasphemy were the remakes".

  • June 2, 2006, 4:40 p.m. CST

    brycemonkey, where is the Nanny State?

    by stvnhthr

    or What is the Nanny State? Is it Florida? That is where I think most people's Grandmas move to. Seriously, your post makes no sense.

  • June 2, 2006, 4:45 p.m. CST

    This is what a dork I am SalvatoreGravano

    by beefywhore

    Your "biblical" quote gave me a chill. Thanks for that

  • June 2, 2006, 5:08 p.m. CST

    I am willing to bet

    by Ingeld

    Harry won't be telling us about taking his nephew to horror movies until he is older. The fact that he became defensive and posted a few times in regard to it shows that we hit a nerve. He is certainly thinking about it, I am sure. By the way here is a quote from a 1993 article that appeared in journal of the American Psychological Association. "There is absolutely no doubt that higher levels of viewing violence on television are correlated with increased acceptance of aggressive attitudes and increased aggressive behavior. Children

  • June 2, 2006, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Harry, show that kid 'Suspiria!'

    by Doctor_Sin

    We need to scare him away from European ballet schools!

  • June 2, 2006, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Opening titles sequence....

    by vinceklortho

    For those that have seen it or for that matter, Harry. Is the opening title sequence with real footage effective? Don't they show the WTC burning and other horrific acts in history? Was there an outcry like when they showed this movie in New York?

  • June 2, 2006, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Read the side-by-side comparison

    by Doctor_Sin

    They show stuff like 9/11 and the tsunami and such. Somehow trying to show the analogy that The Devil is behind all this stuff. The reviewer in my link at seemed to find it creepy and effective, though.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:43 p.m. CST

    That made me laugh Doctor_Sin..

    by beefywhore

    But seriously lets not speak too much of Suspiria..because it'll be our luck that some FOX Executive just happens to be trolling around on this site and gets it in their head that they need to remake it starring Paris Hilton or some crap.

  • June 2, 2006, 5:51 p.m. CST

    You can't blame the filmmakers entirely for point 4...

    by Schnorbitz

    Windsor Safari Park closed down several years ago, and has now been replaced with Legoland. Surely the son of Satan and his adoptive family couldn't be attacked by Lego men?

  • June 2, 2006, 5:56 p.m. CST

    the APA is evil!

    by OBSD

    So according to them, if your kid doesn't watch Zombie movies and the Omen, they're less likely to think to accept zombies and the antichrist as a reality? Mabye that's why George W. Bush was (re)elected. Not enough people believed in the antichrist because their parents "protected" them from violence!

  • June 2, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    HARRY says PIMP My Kitkat instead

    by Orionsangels

  • June 2, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by MachinaMan

    Why remake a film that was really good to begin with? Aren't there enough sucky movies out there (I am waiting for the remake of X-Men: The Last Stand myself)? What about films that, for technological reasons were made but didn't come out all that well? I would really like to see a remake of The Manitou. It was decent (as an, essentially, Exorcist rip-off) but with today's CGI and prosthetics it could be really cool.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I got that the original sucked from . . .

    by Rollo Tomassi

    The myriad bad reviews, and it's inclusion (as I mentioned before) in the popular book "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time". Critically acclaimed? In what universe? Fine, a few critics probably liked it. But the majority did not. I think you must be confusing "The Omen" with "The Exorcist or Rosemary's Baby". Sorry. I'd agree with you if you were right.

  • June 2, 2006, 7:57 p.m. CST

    RE: I got that the original sucked from . . .

    by MachinaMan

    How about renting the original The Omen. I haven't read the book you mentioned, but I do know The Omen was a classy, well-done horror film. Besides, what the heck do most critics know anyway?

  • June 2, 2006, 8:05 p.m. CST

    What a bunch of LIMP DICK PUSSIES!

    by Luvs269er

    My Dad took me to see Dirty Harry and Play Misty For Me when I was a little kid. What did it do to me? 1) Turned me into a HUGE Eastwood fan 2) Made me decide that ALL my future girlfriends would have to resemble that "OH SO HOT" Donna Mills. Who cares if Harry took his nephew to see a remake of "The Omen" you pussy lipped PC pissants? Harry's supposed "transgression" against all things Holy is a hell of a lot LESS worse than the scars that will form when one of your kids finds your bi-sexual magazines stuffed under your mattress (Don't you just love it when they bring those literary triumphs to Mommy's attention?) or when your kids finally figure out (but don't tell you because they're afraid you'll hit them) that Mommy & Daddy don't really love each other anymore-- especially when they are both extremely drunk. God the BALLS your insignificant little minds must grow when you realize that you can POST ANONYMOUSLY on the internet and WITHOUT REPRISAL. Fuck You!

  • June 2, 2006, 8:14 p.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Your post proves the point.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:41 p.m. CST

    And I thought I scared my kid when..................

    by Mel Garga

    I let him watch Jabber Jaw. He hasn't been back in the water since.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST

    You make NO sense zacdilone!

    by Luvs269er

    Your post-- due to its' FIVE haphazardly arranged words-- proves nothing. WHAT POINT DOES MY POST PROVE? Well gee, it proves NOTHING too. I posted simply to state that kids are AMAZINGLY SMART. What's wrong with allowing them to grow up in a realistic world where everything is called for what it is? What's wrong with teaching them that a movie is JUST a movie and then exposing them to different film genres? I was allowed to act like a kid all the time I wanted and I was treated with respect and maturity when I earned it. I'd rather my children be treated as I was-- as an equal that would be treated as an equal... as long as they showed the maturity level to be treated as such. Harry's nephew OBVIOUSLY has obtained that level of maturity. My post simply stated that many children, unfortunately, are treated as if they lacked the sense to get out of the rain. Your post, however, did not bother to articulate anything... It was just five little words meant as a cute "slam" against me that actually achieved nothing of consequence.

  • June 2, 2006, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Horror movies generally scare the shit out of me

    by Vim Fuego

    And I'm sure it's because I never really watched them at all when I was growing up. My dad said that people who made films like Phantasm were "Kinky".

  • June 2, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    How Silly & Sad Your Life Must Be TomBodet...

    by Luvs269er

    To sit around on this website for over 3 hours just to snipe at people who may disagree with you. You are truly pitiful and very, very sad. I turned out just fine Tom. At least my kids don't have a Dad that actually thinks TURDBUCKET is a word-- let alone a USEFUL word. SIMPLETON... Now there's a great word to describe you. By the way, bash some more all you want-- I'm leaving the topic now. I'll go, knowing just how easy it was to compel you to sit in front of your computer for another THREE HOURS tonight. Simpleton.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:01 p.m. CST

    DAMN YOU, ROTHMAN! DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    by masheen81

  • June 2, 2006, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Congrats... Vim Feugo!

    by Luvs269er

    Props to Vim Fuego... There's a person who can cut through all the shit and zero in on a point with just a few well chosen words. (Wish I could do that.) Great work, Vim Fuego! Now I am truly am out of here! P.S. Have fun wasting your life, Tom!

  • June 2, 2006, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Isn't there a LAW against it?

    by Maniaq

    I'm pretty sure the RATING of this movie prohibits you showing it to a 5 year old. END OF STORY. Forget the kid's background, forget about permission from his parents, forget your ideas on why he should see it - IT'S AGAINST THE LAW. They rate films FOR A REASON - respect THAT...

  • June 2, 2006, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Would you guys shut the fuck up about Harry's kid

    by I Dunno

    already? Christ, What's the worst that could happen? And it's not against the law, you twat.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:26 p.m. CST


    by glodene

    We don't need no stinkin' laws! All we need is the money shot of Eva Mendes's Azz from that intl. version of the Ghost Rider trailer to lull us into an orgiastic frenzy of unbridled lust and passion...Oops I'm back. You're right...R rated movies are inapropriate for children. Let them go over to their friend(s) place for some unsupervised fun suchas violent videogames and porn instead...Afterall, outtasight, outtamind I always say.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:39 p.m. CST

    Fast and Loose With Terms and Teletubbies


    As a kid who was actually forced to watch a few horror movies at a tender age, you folks need not to confuse "making" kids watch R-rated horror movies and what Harry did. Letting a kid do something irresponsible and forcing them to do some traumatic may both be bad things, but they are whole different worlds of bad. And I say that because I've read a couple of people basically equate Harry taking his nephew to the Omen as "making" him watch the movie. Letting the kid eat a whole cake may be a bad idea, but it's still very different from force feeding him a cake. I'm just saying. Also, even if what Harry did was "bad" is some sort of objective reality where good and bad can be easily defined, it's very low on the totem poll of bad things. I've let my daughters watch Teletubbies since about the time they could focus their eyes. And the Teletubbies are freaky, dude. So maybe I'm a worse person than Harry, even though Teletubbies are rated G. BTW, I rented Underworld and let my daughter watch about half of it when she was seven. It seemed to be getting a little intense to me, so I stopped the movie and asked her if this was too intense--and she said, yeah, she thought it was. So we stopped and watched some funny stuff on TV, she went to bed and it was cool. Although I wouldn't let me kids watch anything like the Omen until they were a lot older--like 12 or 13--I'm not going to come down on Harry or his nephew's parents. There's a lot worse than going to watch The Omen with one of the most successful enterainment geek critics on the planet--and the guys equating it, even as a thought exercise, to pedophilia or rape have their own problems. It's a frickin' movie! Even if it was traumatically scary, it's not nearly as scary as having an uncle that likes to touch you in special places, or having Dad sit you down to explain how mommy and daddy don't like you any more, or getting pummeled and school by the school bully, or having parents who are there but never _there_ for you or . . . being forced to go see a 1973 horror-comedy called "Arnold" when you were only four or five years old. I said forced. By which I mean, I said: "no, no, no!" While it may be questionable to take a five year old, no matter how mature, to The Omen . . . it's a very minor offense, if it's an offense at all. BTW: Phantasm, man, that was one fucked up movie. I saw it when I was, like, twelve or thirteen, and it freaked me out, but in a good way. By then, I was voluntarily watching such freaky stuff, and I thought to myself, after watching it, "Damn, I didn't know you could do that on film!" Which would have been a very positive thing for me, teaching me boundaries weren't what I might have thought they were, if I had become a filmmaker instead of a cubicle monkey. So, Harry may be giving his nephew a headstart in actually getting a real film made, instead of just constantly talking about the film's he's "working on" that never, ever happen.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST

    "Against the LAW!!!"


    You just know there's some guy from the MPAA jacking off while he reads that over and over again. "Oh, yeah, we're the LAW, man! We're the frockin' LAW! What we say is LAW! Oh, yeah!" It's like the MPAA's dream.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:52 p.m. CST


    by glodene

    Yo! You right. The Teletubbies are the equivalent of that ep. of Angel called Smile Time. Freaky in a "Myrtle what da fuck is dis shit on da boob tube and why are da kids lookin' like dey are on drugs are somethin'?" Damn, I miss Buffy and Angel.

  • June 2, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    RE: Luvs269er, CC: zacdilone

    by Ingeld

    I agree with zacdilone, your post does prove the point. The fact that in your response to someone who disagrees you need to invoke the power of taboo words and sexual innuendo to make ad hominem attacks reveals your emotional immaturity. Emotionally adjusted adults do feel a need to talk or argue like that. Was this due to the movies you watched? I don't know, but you certainly shoot yourself in the foot with this post. Also, to address some of your points. You said: "What's wrong with allowing them to grow up in a realistic world where everything is called for what it is? " Tell me how the violence in the Omen does that? You said: "What's wrong with teaching them that a movie is JUST a movie and then exposing them to different film genres?" The simple answer is nothing, but the fact, as you say, that you have to teach them this suggests that they lack the ability to discern between fantasy and reality. Teaching five year olds the difference between reality and fantasy with an R rated horror movie is like teaching a five year old about sex and sexual intimacy by letting him view your favorite web pages devoted to glory holes. It may be a bit too much for a young mind to process. You say: "I'd rather my children be treated as I was-- as an equal that would be treated as an equal... " The simple fact is that children, especially five year olds, are not equals--not emotionally, intellectually, physically or spiritually (if you believe in such things). If they were equals then they wouldn't need parents. You say "Harry's nephew OBVIOUSLY has obtained that level of maturity." It is fascinating that you can make such an assessment across the internet when your own post has the language a sixth grader finds "cool." You say: "My post simply stated that many children, unfortunately, are treated as if they lacked the sense to get out of the rain." If left to their own ways most children would not act in ways that is good for them--hell most adults don't. If they do, it is usually because they are trying to meet the expectation of a parent who acts as an authority figure, not a pal, a friend or an equal. Finally, I Dunno you want us to stop talking about Harry's kid. I would say a discussion about what our society exposes children to in the name of entertainment is perhaps the most important topic ever discussed on AICN--certainly better than talking about this turkey of a movie. Cheers.

  • June 2, 2006, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I was 5 when I saw...

    by Drworm2002

    ...An American Werewolve in London. It scared the shit out of me. I loved it.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Kids and horror films

    by Barry Egan

    It's probably more of a concern that a 5 year old would not have nightmares after watching The Omen than if he did. That a 5 year old can "handle" watching that sort of material is pretty scary. Children aren't minature adults. Their minds aren't fully formed yet.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:49 p.m. CST

    It's not against the law

    by Maggie

    An R rating means that no one under 17 may go to see the movie in the theatre WITHOUT THE COMPANY OF AN ADULT. NC-17 means they can't get in at all, even with an adult.

  • June 2, 2006, 11:51 p.m. CST

    Actors are too young in this film

    by Maggie

    They just don't make horror movies with grown ups in them anymore. Gregory Peck and Lee Remick were into their 40s when they made the original Omen. Why couldn't they have gotten someone older than friggin' Julia Stiles and Liev Schrieber? I'm sure they think only teenagers will want to see this movie but the original was a big hit WITH older actors in the lead roles.

  • June 3, 2006, 12:17 a.m. CST

    Never was a big fan of the original

    by moviemaniac-7

    But it had its moments. Maybe, just maybe, (if this movie loses a lot of money, that is), studios will stop remaking movies and invest in screenwriters to come up with their own ideas. I'm sick and tired of all these lame excuses for remaking movies that essentially all spell M-O-N-E-Y. And if you remake a movie, take an unknown movie that has some good ideas, but serious flaws. Only THAT gives mankind the right to remake a movie. The Omen: It could be a biopic about Tom Rothmann's childhood.

  • June 3, 2006, 1:29 a.m. CST

    Jesus people

    by Ridge

    Get off your sanctimonious arses and stop bagging Harry for taking the kid to the Omen. His mother wouldn't of allowed it if she thought he couldn't handle it. But then again, I guess only a parent or very close substitute would understand that?

  • June 3, 2006, 1:38 a.m. CST

    A Jake Lloyd punchline?

    by Freakemovie

    I thought Harry gave Phantom Menace a rave. Could be wrong though; memory fades.

  • June 3, 2006, 1:39 a.m. CST

    Oh by the way...

    by Freakemovie

    It looks like crap from the trailers, but the opening of Harry's review is absolutely hilarious. No way he would be wearing a ditigal watch! This movie sucks!

  • June 3, 2006, 1:56 a.m. CST

    "Marco Beltrami

    by DerLanghaarige

    I never thought that I would ever read this!

  • June 3, 2006, 2:15 a.m. CST

    What is fucked up is dragging a kid to a horror flick

    by antonphd

    What is fucked up is dragging a kid to a horror flick to save baby sitter money. I worked at a theater years ago and I remember the parents(ussually practically kids themselves) who would drag their 3 - 4 year old children into horror movies. Now, for everyone who says that they saw scary movies as a kid and were fine... um... take the movie with the rape and torture scenes in it... you really want to take away the few years of innocent ignorant bliss that children get before finding out that some people are fucking monsters? Don't you guys get that this is what the parents who are upset seeing children watch horror movies are upset about? I was a foster kid and my parents were... well, like the parents of Good 'ol Will Hunting. I KNEW what it was like to really be afraid as a child. I WISH I didn't know that. Now you dick fucking adults think that torture and murder is entertaining. OK. But kids... leave the kids to have the few years before becoming fuckheads. Is that too much to ask? Why does a 5 year old girl need to see a grown woman have some guy shove a tool into her vagina? That's not entertainment... that's fucked up. I'm not against the freedom to make that movie... though I am afraid for the sick fuckdicks who like it and who make it... but do kids need to see that shit? I wish I hadn't lived with a sister who had that shit happen to her when she was 5 years old... and she sure as fuck wishes she could have had a decent childhood... but people who's lives are fucked up watch that shit like it's entertainment and then show it to little kids? Is it hard to see why this is upsetting to people? It's not about being pussies. It's the fact that it's the pussies who don't know how fucked up it really is who think it's entertainment and appropriate for children. Pussies... fuck... it's always funny when nerds have the nerve to call anyone a pussy. Anyway. I doubt The Omen remake is that scary for a kid, but there's why some people wish other people wouldn't let their kids watch horror movies. Decapitation is pretty fucked up too. That maybe is too much for kids.

  • June 3, 2006, 2:18 a.m. CST

    by antonphd

    "but people who's lives are fucked up." I meant to say "aren't".

  • June 3, 2006, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Man in suit

    by CuervoJones

    The gorilla in the movie

  • June 3, 2006, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Movie ratings are not laws...

    by cagirl

    The Movie rating system is not a set of laws. If you are 16 and are "caught" viewing an R or NC-17 film you can NOT be arrested for it. The system is a guidline---SUGGESTIONS for parents and other movie viewers to decide what might be appropriate for them and/or their family. A parent can take their young kid into an R rated film if they want...As a mother of a 6 year old I will say that my daughter loves movies like "Them", "20 Million Miles to Earth", and "Creature From the Black Lagoon." I would not take her to see a film like "The Omen" until she is closer to 9 or 10 though. That is NOT sheltering her, that is called parenting. Children do need to learn how to deal with fear and horror films can aid in that but that does NOT mean they have to do it all right away at the age of 5.

  • June 3, 2006, 6:50 a.m. CST


    by Ridge

    What if this sort of thing interests the child at that age and they show an ability to handle it? Before banging your pots and pans and screaming no child will, that innocence stops a child from it blah blah, I tell you now, I know of a child who loved horror from this young age, he was six when he first saw Nightmare on Elm st and absolutely loved the rush he got from it and other movies like it. Oh and yes, that child was me :)

  • June 3, 2006, 7:03 a.m. CST

    Thats the worst review harrys written

    by Winkleboy

    Your getting beyond big for your boots and your starting to make me feel fuckin sick.

  • June 3, 2006, 7:12 a.m. CST

    Could not be President?

    by fitzcarraldo2

    "his primary face is

  • June 3, 2006, 9 a.m. CST

    Re: Ridge

    by Ingeld

    You're absoultely right. What if a child of six showed a great interest in sex? Love to watch pornography, and was six when he first saw Deep Throat. Was that child you too? No doubt you would say this is okay. After all sexuality is a beautiful natural human thing.

  • June 3, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    I Bet The Worst Child Actor In A Horror Remake Is Still

    by tonagan

    That kid from The Shining TV Miniseries. A kid talking with a stuffy nose is irritating enough for fifteen minutes, let alone six hours...

  • June 3, 2006, 10:27 a.m. CST

    You nailed it, Ingeld

    by zacdilone

    And no doubt most of the guys on this page just went "he said nailed it...heh heh heh" which also proves the point. There is simply no defense for taking a 5 year old to a movie like this. For all the "but I saw such-and-such when I was 5" talk, does anyone think for a moment that we talkbackers represent well-adjusted human beings with a proper perspective on things such as violence, sex, and human relationships? That kind of argument is like an alchoholic saying it's OK to let a 12 year old have a beer once in a while.

  • June 3, 2006, 10:44 a.m. CST

    My 2 cents

    by exie

    When I was a kid (although not 5) I saw The Shining on cable one night. I couldn't watch more than a few minutes of it before I got freaked out and changed the channel. The kids I knew at an early age who were horror movie junkies were the kids who also were into throwing ninja stars and collecting knives. I think there is a direct correlation betweeen showing young kids violence and gore and them bringing it into their lives. These kids go to school and when they get picked on fantasize about violence and killing to solve their problems. An extremely small percentage act on it, but the fact is they think of it as a solution and young children shouldn't be thinking about hacking anyone up at least until they are 15. I don't think for a second that Harry and his family think this will do any harm to this kid and quite frankly, it may do no harm at all...but at the same token even if he's as perfect as Harry tells us and he understands its all fake (which is a big stretch for a 5 year old), he's still exposed to storytelling at a very young age that includes violence to solve problems. He's desensitized to gore -- the positive of that is he may end up going to medical school since blood doesn't phase him a bit and save people's lives, but 5 years old is not an appropriate age for any kid to be seeing horror/violent movies. It's not being PC and being pussies, it's realizing that kids are sponges and what we show them shapes their imagination and the rest of their lives.

  • June 3, 2006, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Harry's an idiot!

    by mobstar


  • June 3, 2006, 12:30 p.m. CST

    The worst that could happen...

    by Doctor_Sin

    I sthat the kid either becomes DEVOUTLY religious and goes on a witch-hunt...or he freaks and believes himself to be the Antichrist and begs his folks to sacrifice him with knives on an altar in Jerusalem or some such crap.

  • June 3, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Ebert & Roeper loved it

    by Jack Black

    Two big thumbs up. To each his own I guess

  • June 3, 2006, 12:34 p.m. CST

    by mobstar

  • June 3, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Taking any children to a movie by Fox is a crime...

    by andrew coleman

    Fox is horrible. If you take your child to any Fox film you're tuning them not only into a possible killer but an asshole on top of that. I laughed coming out of a theater when these kids with their older brother came out of X3. The kids were claiming the movie was bad but the guy in his twenties was like "I thought it was cool". That's fucking sad to see children have a better taste in movies then Generation dumbass.

  • June 3, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    just remember eveyone...Harry liked DOOM

    by future help

  • June 3, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    hell yeah, let the 5 year olds.....

    by thebearovingian

    do anything they want! "He started watching Tom and Jerry in his momma's womb and then fell in love with hitting people in the head with frying pans and rolling pins. It's amazing and incredibly prodigious that at such a young age he has a passion for the artistic media of television and movies!" That's great how Mom was so supportive too. Adults need to wake up and realize why their lives are so screwed up and not pass this crap on to the next generation. Laus Deo

  • June 3, 2006, 1:45 p.m. CST

    what we really need is...

    by torpor_haze

    Vern to review this movie.

  • June 3, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    absolutely ludicrous

    by thebearovingian

    some of these posts are making me sick! Note to all the self-proclaimed child psychology professionals in this TB: do not have the audacity to presume that movies and the like do not have an effect on children. Everything that children observe is very formative to who they eventually become (their family life, friends, the community as a whole, positive or destructive behaviors of all they come in contact with). Even though they are fake, movies and television are representative of relationships in life. So if your kids are watching 4 hours (each day)of "fake" dysfunction, conflict, and the worst of human behavior, that is what they are learning. Not even adults are immune to that very same thing.

  • June 3, 2006, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Omen/kid viewing

    by Rich Malone

    First of all, everyone needs to relax. The review is about a movie! Not someone's parenting skills. I grew up in the eighties, and saw every scary movie under the sun (when horror was real horror). Nowaday's, kids got so much ADD that they don't remember these films, they think their cheesey. They laugh at thr blood and gore! That's a sign of how bad movies are today. People kill me. The same people who vote for and support a Bush (real horror)who is sending many kids to war, and support real life horrors like urban gentrification are up in arms about a movie, IT'S NOT REAL!! My West Side Chicago neighborhood is the scarriest thing I've ever seen in my life, and that can't just be 'turned off'! Some people love to spaz, boy. Good review, Harry. and for the record, I don't care if someone's five of a hundred and five. When you become an actor, you are doing a job, and you don't deserve repreive just because your young! That probably does suck!

  • June 3, 2006, 4:05 p.m. CST

    The bad choices of parents, uncles, and talkbackers....

    by moondoggy2u

    A very simple addage springs to mind: garbage in, garbage out. To say that a kid who is in his FORMULATIVE YEARS (I believe I read that term somewhere...) will be uneffected by images, sounds, and sensations is completely asinine. I have three kids and have made a career of instructing children of various ages (including elementary students) and can say with whatever authority i have based upon my experience that NO CHILD is unaffected by what he/she sees, hears, etc, especially at the age of 5. The parents (either one or both) have already demonstrated a profound selfishness and lack of interest in what's best for the kid by getting a divorce; their laxness towards his viewing habits shouldnt come as a surprise, either. For Harry and co. to use the old "its the parents' choice" justification only underlines Harry's, and others', obvious social/moral problems, to say nothing of good, old-fashioned common sense. But innocence isn't really fashionable these days, huh, guys?

  • June 3, 2006, 4:08 p.m. CST

    laxness??? lol. "Lax attitude" should have been used..

    by moondoggy2u

    as in, my attitude towards grammar;)

  • June 3, 2006, 4:12 p.m. CST

    There WAS a movie by paint-sniffing clowns..

    by moondoggy2u

    It was called "Killer Clowns From Outer Space."

  • June 3, 2006, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Rich Malone

    by zacdilone

    We can't control what happens in our world or our neighborhoods (well, actually we can, but that's another discussion), but we can exercise control and restraint when it comes to the images and ideas we VOLUNTARILY expose our children to. You may think George Bush is the downfall of American society (and some of the things he's done may very well contribute), but the psychological damage done by desensitizing children to violence is just as bad if not worse. At least Bush's generation understands the realities of death and violence...the up and coming generation doesn't, and will commit even worse atrocities because of that.

  • June 3, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Why do overrated horror movies always get remade?

    by godhatesyou

    The original Omen is one of the most boring movies ever.

  • June 3, 2006, 5:49 p.m. CST


    by football

    ... a bit like Hollywood execs. When are they gonna remake The Exorcist then? Fucking green-soup puke spewing retards, I damn you all to the 6th Circle of Hell!!

  • June 3, 2006, 6:17 p.m. CST

    I could have told you...

    by Undead Neverhood

    from seeing the trailers that this one was going to be a stinker.

  • June 3, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Harry's right about the mask looking like The Mask-mask

    by DutchFudge

    Check this out:

  • June 3, 2006, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Saw the Shining before I can remember

    by SK909

    And all it did was make me a life-long Kubrick fan. My parents letting me see that and pretty much anything else I wanted as long as they talked about it with me and felt that I was comfortable or could handle it is something I am forever grateful to them for. They made me feel like my own person and I just felt hipper than the other kids cause I was a fan of Bill Murray by the age of 10 and they didn't even know who he was. So Harry is MORE than doing the right thing, he's giving a kid a sense of confidence, control of his own future, and letting him ENJOY something, cause God forbid we allow kids to be kids and just have fun that doesn't involve fucking soccer practice, spelling b's, and other stuff that will TURN them into a zombie rather than just being a fan of them.

  • June 3, 2006, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Also, I CALL BULLSHIT...

    by SK909

    If garbage in, garbage out is true, then how come all the vindictive little fucked up brats that I knew growing up and even now are in my own family are the ones whose parent's are supposedly strict disciplinarians? Usually they're strict for the 20 minutes they actually deal with the kid, and then are fucking clueless the other 23 hours and 40 minutes a day.

  • June 3, 2006, 8:49 p.m. CST

    The issue isn't whether or not a kid can "handle" it...

    by Batutta

    ...but whether or not a film is developmentally appropriate for them. A five year old can't make real sense of a story like The Omen, with all its religious and moral shadings, so all he'll see is some random horrific violence. Now I don't think this will turn your average child into a serial killer, but not being able to put the story they're watching into the proper context just turns it into mindless sensory input, and a steady diet of that is not healthy. Kids need to see stories aimed at their general age level, stories they can make sense of that add to their understanding of the world around them, and while yes, kids are different, there are certain things any five year old will not be able to grasp.

  • June 3, 2006, 10:10 p.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Nobody said "garbage in" is the ONLY way to mess up a kid. You need to brush up on your basic logic skills.

  • June 3, 2006, 10:17 p.m. CST

    The son of Satan is a pie made outta' cute!

    by Doctor_Sin

    However else can he hold the world in his sway as all life dies to ash?

  • June 4, 2006, 12:36 a.m. CST

    Hey Harry...

    by decfx

    just because he knows it's make believe does not make it right. Why not take him to see "Deep Throat" while yer at it. Or maybe "Behind the Green Door" they're classics.

  • June 4, 2006, 12:48 a.m. CST

    Harry, if you weren't kidding...

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    then i have just lost a lot of respect for you. fuckin' tricking a little boy into obedience using pseudo-religious bullshit filmmaking as a tool. you are a total ass unless that was a joke. but i get the sinking feeling it wasnt.

  • June 4, 2006, 1:13 a.m. CST

    for the record...

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    my complaint wasnt that you took him. i could give a shit. my complaint was your subversive and cruel REASONING.

  • June 4, 2006, 1:52 a.m. CST

    I pushed a tv playing Susperia up to my pregnant wife

    by chickychow

    and turned the volume up so that the sound would vibrate throughout the womb. I want my child to experience horror movies as early as humanly possible.

  • June 4, 2006, 4:54 a.m. CST

    get off harry's ass

    by jinx_malone

    i showed my kids the original dawn of the dead when they were between the ages of 8 and 15 and they loved it because zombies own--and if you can handle zombies you can handle faux shitty devil children and nanny mia farrows--and also this movie will suck. everytime i see the trailer i keep muttering 'but what's the POINT?'

  • June 4, 2006, 6:12 a.m. CST

    Schreiber is not a "C" actor

    by chien_sale

    He`s probably one of the Best actor of his generation.

  • June 4, 2006, 7:40 a.m. CST

    Daughter watched Exorcist at 5, scarred for life

    by AnamorphicRulez!

    I happened to be watching Exorcist with my daughter when she was about 5. When Regan starting making those funny sounds and her appearance changed she ran out of the room so fast it was the funniest thing. I told her to come back it gets better!!!! But if I had to do it again I would suggest that you don't do it. She had nightmares for a while but eventually got over it. But I could use it to discipline her for the next couple of years. Good disciplinary tool. She's 11 now and when I mention the movie she acts like she's not scared but I know in the back of my mind if I but the DVD on she'd run out the room.

  • June 4, 2006, 9:18 a.m. CST

    I showed a handful of my sperm Last House on the Left..

    by chickychow

    And it turned out just fine. Perfectly normal. (now why did i end up with a handful of sperm during last house on the left...)

  • June 4, 2006, 10:26 a.m. CST

    by jaxnnux

    Differences among these studies are related to various assumptions about corn yields, ethanol conversion technologies, fertilizer manufacturing efficiency, fertilizer application rates, coproduct evaluation, and the number of energy inputs included in the calculations. For example, there is about a 64,000 Btu/gal difference in the results of Pimentel (1991) and Lorenz and Morris. With respect to growing the corn, Pimentel reports that it requires 56,720 Btu/gal (LHV) compared with Lorenz and Morris

  • June 4, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST

    they remade a little seen horror movie called

    by emeraldboy

    when a stranger calls and it was one of the worst films of this year. and where is harry's review for that?

  • June 4, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST

    Re: nephew. So, by Harry's logic...

    by Max Rockatansky

    ...if the kid wants to see a porn movie, Harry grabs his Vanessa Del Rio box set and plays it for him. But that's not scary, cause Harry EXPLAINS everything to him! What if your sis had a sex shop? Would she let him roam freely to explore? This is some sick shit! Parents should monitor their kids viewing habits, especially at such a tender age. But some are not that lucky, cause their clusterfuck of an uncle has to EDUACATE them in his twisted, nerdy and retarded mindset. Harry, you said your nephew is scared of "scary" movies and prefers to watch them at a later age. HOW THE FUCK DID YOU KNOW THAT OMEN WASN'T SCARY? And since the kid is not supposed to talk during the movie, he has no choice but to suffer. Man, you are one pathetic imbecile of a responisble adult.

  • June 4, 2006, 11:08 a.m. CST


    by butnugget

    SHIT HARRY'S BACK! dude, did your woman drop you or did your balls drop? I love the all out hatred of this movie and the time you took to talk back as well. As soon as I saw they were remaking this I threw up and shit at the same time. why why why would you fuck with one of the best thriller/horror movies of all time? fucking cocksucking movie execs....

  • June 4, 2006, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Moviemack shows his usual lack of taste.

    by FluffyUnbound

    The original Omen is a great film. I suppose you would have liked it more if Burton directed it and filled it with all sorts of pointless visual curlicues and goth ornament. And with regard to Harry's point about the kid, one reason the original works is because of Peck's prolonged indecision about whether or not it's actually even possible that something is wrong with his son. That's the conflict in the first two acts - his unwillingness to believe it. If you have a kid who is basically wearing a "Look, I am the fucking devil!" sign then you get one of the chief features of bad horror, namely the protagonist who is too stupid to be believed.

  • June 4, 2006, 3:13 p.m. CST

    So Harry


    Are you regretting that you mentioned that you took your nephew yet? Personnally, I don't think I would take a 5 year old to this kind of movie, but Harry's nephew has probably been raised on movie sets, and met the actors in the movie. He probably understands that it's all make believe and the blood is just syrup, etc, etc. And come on, I'm sure Harry was just joking about taking the kid to see it to scare him straight.

  • June 4, 2006, 5:39 p.m. CST is scarier than

    by darthflagg

    the Omen. It gave me nightmares. The Omen shouldn't haven't been remade. And if it was they should have cast Cameron Bright as Damien. He's creepy enough.

  • June 4, 2006, 7:23 p.m. CST


    by Nairb The Movie

    ROB motherfucking ZOMBIE is directing, writing, and producing the new HALLOWEEN movie!!!

  • June 4, 2006, 8:46 p.m. CST ripped this a new one too

    by LaudnerGomez

    I can't believe Fox wants us buy Mia Farrow as a killer! ---

  • June 4, 2006, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Would these paint-sniffing clowns

    by XoanonTORN

    be edible?

  • June 5, 2006, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Harry, I just saw this movie.

    by hiperaktiv

    And I cant believe how you didnt even mention Julia Stiles horrible acting performance. Everything was bad about it, right down to her shitty line deliver.

  • June 5, 2006, 8:40 a.m. CST

    Totally UNNECESSARY Remake

    by Jeditemple

    No thanks, Hollywood. I'll pass on this and watch the DVD collection of the originals. Gregory Peck rules.

  • June 5, 2006, 8:48 a.m. CST

    A day late and a dollar short.

    by DocPazuzu

    I missed out on the first few days of this talkback, but from what I can tell there

  • June 5, 2006, 10:54 a.m. CST


    by Childe Roland

    ...PLEASE tell me you were kidding with that whole "take a five year old to see why people kill evil five year olds" thing. Please? Aside from that, your review is a pretty strong argument for why the film shouldn't have been done as a straight remake. You really can't beat Gregory Peck in that role (as all your issues with Schreiber indicate). And you really can't beat the nearly autistic kid they had in the original when it comes to just looking creepy and throwing an occassional tantrum. If anything should've been done differently this time out, it should've been the way Damien was treated. A little exploration of his mindset and self discovery would've been nice (in the original series, II touched on this territory but it felt like a step back from how soullessly evil the child had been portrayed in the original). Maybe something more akin to the way South Park treated this subject (yes, I am being serious) with the anti-Christ just wanting to be a normal kid with normal friends? Anyway, thanks for your impressions.

  • June 5, 2006, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by Psynapse

    Raise YOUR kid as YOU see fit and let other families do the same. Asswit fascist fucks.......

  • June 5, 2006, 1:27 p.m. CST

    Yeah, Harry did one really bad thing...

    by JackPumpkinhead

    He took the kid to this shit remake instead of showing him the real "Omen"! That's the bad thing! It's like introducing a child to the Batman world by showing him Batman Forever and Batman & Robin first :o)

  • June 5, 2006, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Actually, it would be more fascist to deny people the chance to debate this topic, so physican heal thyself. You make it sound like no possible criticism of child rearing is valid. Where would we be if all Child Protection Services across the county took your viewpoint? Not that I think they would be involved in something like this, but to say that debating the appropriateness of a given film for a child is outside the remit of these talkbacks is just ridiculous. I agree that any personal attack on Harry for it is completely out of line, but the subject is certainly worth discussing.

  • June 5, 2006, 1:31 p.m. CST


    by zacdilone

    Or maybe introducing him to Star Wars by showing him the prequel trilogy.

  • June 5, 2006, 1:42 p.m. CST

    another prespective on the Omen

    by JoeyRusso1290

    The guy on my website saw The Omen and actually enjoyed it, though he never saw the original. You can read his review by way of this link if you feel so inclined:

  • June 5, 2006, 2:55 p.m. CST

    That is true of all remakes

    by Terry_1978

    If you've never seen the original, the remake may actually be a decent piece of filmmaking to you. But if you have seen the original, everything else will automatically pale in comparison. Fox is chalking this up to lots of teenyboppers never seeing the first one...which is true.

  • June 5, 2006, 6:19 p.m. CST

    you guys (harry and co)...

    by El Borak

    shouldn't be raising kids!

  • June 5, 2006, 7:22 p.m. CST

    El Borak

    by glodene

    Wait till you and your blow-up dolly have kids and see how hard it'll be to find a proper babysitter to pawn them off on when you and her/it needs some alone time. Thank goodness for Uncles' like Harry, that are willing to take an active roll in nurturing and shaping their young and impressionable minds by taking them to cool outings like scary movies and such. In other words El, take a chill pill, it ain't that serious.

  • June 5, 2006, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Oops! I meant role.

    by glodene

  • June 5, 2006, 9 p.m. CST

    as a member of society, parenting becomes everyone's

    by HypeEndsHere

    business when this kid starts nailing hamsters to trees. excuse me for not wanting to wake up in this kid's freezer in 20 years.

  • June 5, 2006, 9:16 p.m. CST

    psynapse & glodene

    by cagirl

    Psynapse the trouble with your theory is that there are people out there that NEED some rules for child rearing other wise letting them raise them as they want turns them into complete psychos once they are adults and so they become society's problem then as they victimise it and/or end up institutionalized. There is nothing wrong with GENERAL-COMMON SENSE rules for raising a kid and there is nothing wrong with debating the subject. At the very least the kid might turn to be a rude accusitory punk who trolls on the internet for attention by calling people facists with out really knowing what the word means.***glodine...I agree it is great that Harry is involved in his nephew's life, especially since the child is going through a parental break up, but going to the Omen at age five is not "nurturing" nor is it an outing to a "scary movie." Even if the child shows no outward signs NOW of any problems and even says he "can handle it" it is not a good idea. I'm not speaking out of my ass here I have a MA in Child Developement and have been teaching for 15 years. Children at that young age CAN NOT decide for themselves what they can and can not handle when it comes to violent media. Ask most 5 year olds and they will claim they can handle driving a car, does that mean you would hand them the keys? Children internalize things and cope with things different than adults who have life experience and quite often the problems caused by exposure to stimulus that they can't handle doesn't show up until YEARS later.

  • June 6, 2006, 12:21 a.m. CST

    Geez, and here I thought we were talking about a movie.

    by eppdude

    Didn't realize this had turned into a Focus on the Family message board. Fuck.

  • June 6, 2006, 2:11 a.m. CST


    by glodene

    Ms. Cagirl, i'm sure that your heart is in the right place, but during your 15 years of Child Development teaching has anyone ever accused you of over-analyzing? I can say in all probability that Harrys' nephew will grow up to be a healthy well adjusted adult...So spare me (us) your cheap and tired (giving car keys to a 5 year old) rationalization...To do so makes you come off as condescending and somewhat supercilious. Millions of children are exposed to horror movies, violent video games, etc. etc. etc., and 9 time out of 10 their reaction is "COOL! Lets' DO IT AGAIN". Now ever so often you may have Danny Klebold or the Menendez Brothers, but lets' be honest, that's the exception, not the rule. I have more than enough faith that comes from 40 (some-odd) years of life experience to realize that not every child will be damaged by looking at the Omen... So relax, it's only a movie that most 5 year olds will probably find boring because it does'nt have Spongebob Squarepants subliminally suggesting to kill all overbearing child development teachers.

  • June 6, 2006, 2:40 a.m. CST


    by cagirl

    Actually no, I have never been accused of over-analyzing. As to your MILLIONS of children...I'm so glad that you have those numbers, what an expert in demographics you are. ASSuming your made up number is even correct I do agree that "children" see horror films all the time. APPROPRIATE HORROR films at APPROPRIATE ages. My own 6 year old has seen several horror movies because my husband and I are fans of the genre and she quite enjoys Creature From the Black Lagoon and Them. It's perfectly fine if you want to paint me as a paranoid, if that makes you feel bigger that's fine. There are plenty of horror films that a 5 year old would enjoy and would have no potential to skew a child's coping mechanisms, the Omen isn't one of them. I don't put this forward as gospel, it's just my opinion and after all that's what these talk backs are for right? So YOU relax. I have no problem with you having and voicing your opinion even though it is opposite of mine and I wont stoop to character attacks on you in voicing mine.

  • June 6, 2006, 3:08 a.m. CST

    Mis-Placed Priorities

    by glodene


  • June 6, 2006, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Now how'd you know that was my favorite...

    by cagirl

    ...position? I'm a night owl and have no work in the morning. So here I am. What are YOU doing up so late?

  • June 6, 2006, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Um, 'nuevo riche'?

    by Neutron

    How close are you to the border, Harry? Too late not to sound pedantic, but it's 'nouveau riche', all French, no Spanish. As for the nephew, as much as the parents may want to be 'cool' for letting him see horror films at five, I just don't think it's appropriate. There are plenty of horror films that are tame enough to enjoy, like the original Frankenstein. He's got plenty of time to grow up and it happens fast enough anyway, let him be a kid for a few more weeks.

  • June 6, 2006, 10:08 a.m. CST

    What can I say, I'm a night owl too

    by glodene

  • June 6, 2006, 10:13 a.m. CST


    by glodene

    How was his take take on the St. Crispin Day Speech?

  • June 6, 2006, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by glodene

    Uh, you do realize that in the original Frankenstein, the monster tosses a little girl in the lake, who subsequently drowns. How is that appropriate?

  • June 6, 2006, 3:38 p.m. CST

    I showed my nephew "Salem's Lot" once

    by Doctor_Sin

    Li'l bastard ran around town staking every motherfucker he could find. The old antique shop down the road? Fucked that shit up. Had the old man on the floor, pinned down, screaming "Where's the coffin, asshole?!?!?" Damn, them kids is sure impressionable.

  • June 6, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST


    by topaz4206

    If you've never seen the original, you will think this movie is great. The photography is certainly beautiful, but I felt like I was watching a digitally remastered DVD in a movie theater. It's *too* faithful, reminded me of the Psycho remake, only with some class. Overall, as a fan of the first, I'm not very happy with $10 less in my pocket.

  • June 6, 2006, 8:38 p.m. CST

    Goddamn, Harry's an ass

    by Drunken Rage

    Of course, he's the one who "wrote" the "story" about the idiot puking outside the theatre during "Hostel." What a tool.

  • June 6, 2006, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Wrong Again Harry

    by WolfmanNards

    Fuck you. It was good. The original was better. But it was good. And X3 rocked. Fuck you. Fuck you, Harry. Fuck you. You liked the Texas Chainsaw massacre remake. Fuck you.

  • June 6, 2006, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Same Birthday

    by AnAgentOfEvil

    Harry, just found out you and I have the same crappy birthday (along with Mos Def, Teri Garr, and Jermaine Jackson). Oh yeah, and Sam Cooke got shot too. *I also live in Austin.

  • June 6, 2006, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Young Kids and Movies

    by Antz

    I have 27 nephews and nieces, and I would have to say the ones who grew up to be the most level-headed and responsible, were the ones who watched anything from an early age. I have to agree with you taking the kid to see anything Harry.

  • Force him to watch Harry have sex. Now that would just traumatize him for life. Just thinking about almost turned me into a vegetable.

  • June 7, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Cut Harry some slack

    by tawniknight

    Honestly if he had his sisters permission to take his nephew then what is the big deal? My 5 year old daughter has been begging to see the omen and I will take her to see it this weekend. It is up to the parents to decide whether or not the kid can handle it and no one else should tell someone how to parent their children. My daughter loves horror films and I let her watch them (yes, even the exorcist and american werewolf.) because she can handle it and enjoys it. She watches whatever she wants and I can trust her with her decisions but that is for me as a parent to decide. So think twice before you say whether or not it is appropriate for someone else's child to view something. You have no right to dictate that. Now lay off Harry.

  • June 7, 2006, 2:04 p.m. CST


    by warpspasm

    the omen made almost 13 million tuesday-highest tuesday opening ever. i hope you hate fabfour 2 real'll be a runaway success!

  • June 7, 2006, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I'm just stirring the pot! : )

    by warpspasm

  • June 8, 2006, 10:58 a.m. CST

    I bet...

    by McTitties

    Harry talks to turnips. Just a hunch.

  • June 8, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST


    by slide1

    I always find it intresting that people on the internet, who never use their real identites, names, contact info, can basically judge everyone else. From the post it seems Harry has moved on and we are talking to ourselves. His nephew saw a crappy scary movie, that is all I get from this talk back. Movie sucked...sure it did look at the idea of having to do a remake instead of creating something new. This talk back has nothing to do with the movie I am sad to say.

  • June 8, 2006, 1:18 p.m. CST

    True Slide1

    by McTitties

    But I'm pretty sure Harry still talks to turnips.

  • June 8, 2006, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Apparently the kid in the movie...

    by Celicynd

    isn't allowed to watch it. lol.

  • June 9, 2006, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Saw it, felt a bit rushed but it will make money.

    by The Founder

    And that's all Fox was aiming for. I thought it was decent enough and the audience seemed to love it i saw it with. Yeah it could been done better, the Zoo scene was stupid and wasn't what it could've been. Oh why bother, the movie hit what it was aiming for, and that's to the Gen Yer's.

  • June 9, 2006, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by godhatesyou

  • June 9, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    Sorry! I pressed return to quickly!

    by godhatesyou

    Filmmakers who remake somebody elses films are not filmmakers. People used to copy movies, rip them off. They don't have the balls to do that anymore. So they assume that young eyes can't watch and enjoy old movies .....they don't have the correct software installed

  • June 10, 2006, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by glodene

    You need to grow the fuck up. This is what happens when parents don't beat their kids asses, you get spoiled self-centered sperm-burpers who are incapable of behaving themselves...What's wrong you insipid little tea-bagger? Not getting enough attention from your rubber dolly? or is it same ol' cliched sob story - misery loves company and ajt4eva is lonely. Dare to be different BITCH and get a life. It's not aicn's or anyones else fault that you're unhappy and obviously lack any control over your patheitic little existence, so go away, get laid and perhaps get a little perspective on how silly you really are. Better yet, do humanity a favor and kill yourself.

  • June 10, 2006, 8:57 p.m. CST

    I liked it.

    by dkev

    It wasnt great but it wasn't the worst horror movie Ive seen. Also Thorn was appointed Harry. Pay attention. If you take a 5 year old to any R movie, you should have your head checked.

  • June 11, 2006, 4:50 p.m. CST

    AnamorphicRulez, you win the prize for worst parent

    by Walterego

    in this talkback. Not only did you let her watch the Exorcist at 5, and not only did you think it was hilarious that she was so frightening that she ran out of the room, but you then used the movie as a "good disciplinary tool" for years afterward. Seriously, have you ever tried taking the Voight-Kampf empathy test? Because I'm pretty sure that you are a replicant. Everyone seems to be focusing on what children can "handle" if they aren't "pussies", but the real issue is that whether a toddler or child can survive an intense experience like a horror film or being yelled at by an adult or getting a "whuppin", that is not the issue. How we treat vulnerable people like children says something us as adults and our capacity for compassion, a capacity that children will learn to emulate eventually. They are constantly observing us and absorbing our behavior. As we treat them so will they later treat those weaker than themselves, so the issue shouldn't be what kids can endure in order to toughen them up but rather what example we can set of protecting the vulnerable from harm.

  • June 12, 2006, 7:26 p.m. CST

    All the idiots in this talkback reminded me of s'thing.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    A very funny gimmick from some comedy: there's this recurring character of a Stupid Hysterical Bitch who, every time something "disturbing" happens, runs into the frame and shrieks Polinazistically Correct stuff like "OH MY GOD, WON'T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN!", until, after the fifth time or so, a pissed off child shoots her. Funny, but... WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS FILM? I remember the scene but not the title.

  • June 12, 2006, 7:32 p.m. CST

    And for a good measure, hear World Hero GEORGE CARLIN!

    by JackPumpkinhead

    And his take on "won't someone please think of the children!" - Gods bless George!

  • Oct. 13, 2006, 4:28 p.m. CST

    No talkbacks posted?

    by Badger999

    ...were they all deleted?