Saturday, January 8, 2011

Omen IV: The Awakening

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Omen IV: The Awakening - 1 out of 5

If you make a horror film, you have about a 75-80% chance that it will turn into a franchise and one fact about horror film franchises is that with each sequel, the quality MUST exponentially get lower. And that is certainly the case the The Omen franchise. The first was is a classic piece of work that is thrilling and exciting at the same time. Everyone after that gets weaker and weaker and Omen IV: The Awakening is about as bad as a horror film can get.

First off, this one was a made-for-TV movie that was SUPPOSE to breathe new life into the series but ultimately became the series' death moan as its lacked a decent story and it was more laughable than scary with it's terribly pacing (this movie moves ridiculously fast as Delia, the child of Damien who, of course, was the son of Satan and the Anti-Christ, ages quite rapidly in the first half hour of the movie and racks up the body count in incredibly boring ways) weak practical effects (a very obvious dummy is used in one death), flat, lifeless characters (seriously, each character was just a name and the film did nothing to develop them) and terrible, ATROCIOUS acting.

If you love the first film, don't bother with ANY of the sequels or the lackluster remake. Instead, just pop in the amazing Richard Donner original and forget that any of the other films were ever made. Now, I shall breathe a sigh of relief now that I'm finished with this franchise.

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