My favorite scary movie is The Omen.
And, going out on a limb, it's the remake with Julia Styles and Mia Farrow.
I loved The Omen growing up. It started when I was 8 and my oldest brother (I have 3) did something to tick me off. I went to town on him. (In fairness to him, he was 9 years older than me and really couldn't punch me back as result without looking like a major douche.) So my other two brothers started saying I'd gone all crazy on him, that I'd gone all Omen on him and they started joking that I was The Omen.
That's a kid whose this really evil thing and how he came about involves the devil and these demonic dogs and all this other stuff.
Now as an 8 year old I loved it (and love it today) because it made me look powerful to my other brothers. Even though they were joking.
But one day, my mother heard them joking and my brothers caught hell for it even though I was saying I was okay with it.
"Do not call your brother The Omen!" She was really appalled by it.
(Today she would laugh. But I'm an adult now. Back then, she just knew I'd be scarred. It's like if I said my sister was Rosemary's Baby today, no problem. If I said that about my little niece, my mother would freak out.)
So that was the end of their calling me The Omen.
Mom loves scary movies but really loved the vampire movies from England best. So she really didn't know The Omen. And my brothers would hum the theme to it and she'd never catch on.
Why do I love the remake better?
Mia Farrow made a really good villain as the crazy governess and I really do care about Julia Styles' character whereas I didn't give a damn about the mother in the original.
Also the suspense is better when it becomes obvious that there's only one thing for the father to do.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
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