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Directed by Peter Sullivan
Written by Peter Sullivan
Starring Barry Watson, Esmé Bianco, Gavin Lewis, Mark Lindsay Chapman, Eric Etebari, Jaime Gomez and John Colton

Michael and Rachel are devastated when their six-year-old son dies in a tragic accident. When a stranger offers to bring the boy back to life, they take the offer. However, the child who returns is not the child they once knew.

The following tags are associated with this movie: supernatural, Satanic
Ominous (2015)
Review by Michael Mahoney

3 / 10
I'll first say that this will be a shorter review than usual - I've seen Ominous twice now, and really, it's not worth extrapolating on. Really, there's only about one reason to see it, and that's for a hilariously bad death scene. Everything else had been done before, and ultimately, this made-for-TV flick is just bland and pretty God-awful.

The cast is almost wholly poor. Mark Lindsay Chapman (who played Nick in The Langoliers, a fact I didn't realize until after the movie finished) was the best of the bunch, and he had a solid, moderately sinister presence. None of the other performances did anything for me. There's a few interesting names here, such as Barry Watson, who starred in 7th Heaven for quite some time, and Esme Bianco, who I know mostly as a supporting character from Game of Thrones, but their acting didn't come close to wowing me here.

A lot of the fault, though, can go to the uninspired plot. I just don't get why anyone would want to see this film, in which bereft parents make a deal with the devil to raise their recently-deceased son from the dead, only to discover he's the Antichrist, when they could stick with a classic like The Omen, or even a different take on the story, like the 2017 Little Evil. It's a bad, low-budget television movie (which really shows in it's special effects failures), so I just don't get why anyone would opt into watching this willingly.

Admittedly, I've seen it now twice. Luckily, there are a few terrifically horrible scenes that make at least portions of this film bearable. In a classic sequence, a priest gets clobbered over the head by a falling cross, and then set on fire. In another, multiple people die from flying projectiles at a park. And then we have the bird attacks at the end - while slightly better-looking than Birdemic (which isn't actually praise, believe it or not), the birds were horribly rendered, and it just looked so God-damned awful.

Which, when it comes down to it, is what this movie is. Ominous (which, by the way, is a terrible, terrible title) just sucks hard. It's one of those modern-day television flicks which just reek of pointlessness. As fun as some of the sequences are, it's definitely not worth it to watch the whole of this film.
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