Damien---Omen II (1978)
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Critic Reviews for Damien---Omen II
This sequel lacks the bravura pacing of the original, and though it tries to maintain the biblical tone in following the adolescence of its antichrist anti-hero, immense problems emerge.
Damien-Omen II though it's as foolish as the first film, is rather more fun to watch and sometimes very stylish-looking.
While it has its problem it's a generally entertaining and creepy thriller.
...comes off as a surprisingly organic follow-up to its 1976 predecessor...
Audience Reviews for Damien---Omen II
When a genre picture like 'The Exorcist' snagged most of the awards circuit in 1973, horror was then legitimized as a sought-after category for garnering praise. For my money, 'The Omen' is a spine-tingling, clammy-palmed peer alongside the preternatural exploits of The Exorcist'. Alas, as with most successes, more entries sounded like a viable proposition. Enter 'Damien: The Omen II', a gangly, monotonous disgrace which is distinguished for a litany of 'Final Destination'-style deaths. Instead of Gregory Peck, William Holden is the surrogate father of Damien and at times it appears as though he is sauntering through another movie entirely- a 'Silkwood'-esque potboiler about shareholder misconduct and capitalizing on an environmental crisis. Presumably, the movie is hinging on Damien's rite-of-passage into his demonic birthright. But, in execution, Damien is just an effete figurehead who is responsible for a rampage of giallo murders. It should be observed that all of these elaborately silly murders are cacophonous and unintentionally uproarious. A few examples are a doctor is vivisected by an elevator cable and a woman is pecked by crows until she is splattered by an oncoming tractor-trailer. The anticlimax is almost redeemed by a shrewd double-cross by a devout Satanist-in-hiding but it is too belated to rescue this misbegotten sequel.
Damien: Omen II is a mediocre sequel to a classic film. Created to cash in on the success of the first, this entry has a good idea for a plot, but it simply doesn't cut in the long run. The first half is good, but unfortunately is weakened by a second half. The film is mediocre at best, and it's a shame because the first Omen was such a memorable classic of the genre. This sequel is forgettable and doesn't possess what made the first film such a terrifying film. The attempts at horror fall flat, and it almost becomes unbearable. By the time the credits roll, you realize that Omen \II was a waste and that it could have been much better than this. The film lacks anything that would make this a memorable sequel, and it simply doesn't deliver the shocks and jolts that you'd expect from a film like this. This sequel wasn't entertaining, and the cast were bland, and didn't offer anything interesting that would make this film watchable. I thought that this film was a mediocre entry to a classic horror film. This film is forgettable, and like the other two sequels that followed, don't meet expectations. This film is the first of many disappointments in this series, and The Omen franchise would become one of the worst in horror history in my opinion. Aside from Richard Donner's The Omen, the sequels really don't match or exceed the original film, therefore there are no worthy sequels to The Omen. This film is mediocre with a poor script, acting and directing. Don't waste your time with this film.
A good sequel to the Omen, not as good as the first of course, but it's good. There are a lot of good horrific incidents that occur because of Damien, and the story is good too. If you liked the original don't hesitate to continue watching the series, the third and last film is even better than this one.
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