20th Century Fox
Liev Schreiber, Julia Stiles, Mia Farrow, David Thewlis, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick
Portentous release date aside, I don't understand the wisdom of remaking but not updating one of the landmark horror flicks of the 1970s. Those who have seen the original will be nonplussed by every identical plot development, while younger viewers used to the breakneck luridness of today's Fangoria
-approved freakouts will wonder why this one is so slow and ponderous. I counted exactly two saving graces: one of the best-choreographed decapitations ever put to film, and the appearance of a scenery-chewing Mia Farrow as Satan's nanny. That snarky casting is meant to reference Farrow's role in Rosemary's Baby
, but its more recent real-world touchstone is glaringly obvious, especially when the actress notes with a straight face that she's dedicated her life to raising children. Yeah, and we've all seen what kind of evil that
unleashed on the world.