Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Terrible Performances in Horror: Mia Farrow in The Omen (2006)

There's nothing more spectacular than an icon falling from grace. Ok, maybe the laugh of a child or something... but in our case I'm referring to Rosemary herself, Mia Farrow.

Rosemary's Baby is one of my favourite movies and an incredibly interesting look at femininity in the 1960s. And Farrow is great in it, very much helped by a boss hair cut. After the fervour and success of baring the Devil's baby she hooked-up with Woody Allen, named one of their kids Satchel and well... it didn't go well from there. She stayed quiet professionally but busted her ass in her charity work still appearing in the occasional play or film.

Then 2006 rolled around. Some studio executive realized the date June 6, 2006 would be coming and decided, nay, prophesized that The Omen was due for a remake.

They then called up Liev Schreiber for the Gregory Peck choice (awesome) and Julia Stiles for the Lee Remick role(um....). But who, oh, who would play the evil nanny Mrs Baylock? Why, what about the the chick who was totally already okay with a devil baby already??

I'll give the producers credit, it's a pretty cute gimmick casting Mia Farrow as the Devil's minion. But a gimmick cannot work on its own. It must have a purpose. Throughout the whole movie she veers between vacant stares and spider-monkey attacks. It's nothing if not consistent.

The hat says it all. This is the sexy version of Mrs Baylock.
In any event, Farrow is up against more than she can handle by living  up to her own lineage as well as Billie Whitelaw's original Mrs. Baylock which had a side of extra-creepy. Sometimes being in a movie just to hang out with the chick in Save the Last Dance simply isn't worth it....

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