If you’ve seen the original, you’ve pretty much seen this one, except for the gratuitous “scare” nightmare scenes (and the fact that it’s not as good), as they used the exact same script by David (Prophecy) Seltzer.
This time instead of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick raising the Antichrist, it’s Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles. The great gory death scenes from the ’76 version have been given a CGI facelift, though not always for the better. The decapitation of David (Basic Instinct 2) Thewlis is crowd pleasing, and the lightning pole through Pete (The Lost World: Jurassic Park) Postlethwaite is kinda nifty, but the computer generated monkey attack is pretty weak.
The performances are all sturdy and John (Behind Enemy Lines) Moore’s direction is proficient, but in the end it feels more like a publicity stunt (it was released on June 6, 2006, or 6/6/6) than an honest to goodness horror movie. The supporting roles are effectively cast, especially Mia Farrow, who is great as Ms. Baylock the evil nanny. (She should know a thing or two about raising demonic kids after Rosemary’s Baby.) The best part for me was seeing Italian horror icon Giovanni (The Gates of Hell) Radice (AKA: John Morghen) who shows up briefly and carries out his long screen tradition of getting mutilated. Michael (Toys) Gambon also co-stars.