Damien---Omen II 1978

Damien: Omen II

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Damien dishes out ghoulish scares and a biblical body count to generate some morbid fun, but this repetitious sequel lacks the sophistication of its predecessor.

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Richard (William Holden) and Ann Thorn (Lee Grant) have taken their 13-year-old nephew, Damien (Jonathan Scott-Taylor), into their Chicago home following the death of Richard's brother seven years earlier. The Thorns love the child, whom they are sending to military school, but not everyone is so sanguine about his presence. Soon after Great Aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney) expresses concerns about the boy, she dies suddenly and unexpectedly. And she is certainly not the last.

Cast & Crew

William Holden
Richard Thorn
Lee Grant
Ann Thorn
Nicholas Pryor
Charles Warren
Lew Ayres
Bill Atherton
Sylvia Sidney
Aunt Marion
Lance Henriksen
Sergeant Neff
Lucas Donat
Mark Thorn
Harvey Bernhard
Writer (Story)
Stanley Mann
Writer (Screenplay)
Mike Hodges
Writer (Screenplay)
Jerry Goldsmith
Original Music
Bill Butler
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for Damien---Omen II

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Audience Reviews for Damien---Omen II

  • Apr 03, 2015
    A great horror movie was made in the 70's, then a sequel came out, and it was terrible. Everyone was very surprised because things like that don't happen.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2014
    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.
    Cory T Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2014
    The Antichrist rises in Damiem: Omen II. Now a teenager enrolled in a prestigious military academy, Damiem learns that he is the Antichrist foretold of in the Book of Revelations. Unfortunately, either because of poor writing or acting, Damiem's journey isn't that interesting. Instead, most of the intrigue lies in the subplot involving the secret cabal that protects Damien. But despite the script issues, the film delivers some intense and disturbing violence. While Damiem: Omen II hits a lot of the same beats as the first film, it's not quite as dark or as ambitious.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2012
    'Damien: Omen II' follows the events of the first film with Damien still wreaking havoc, the only difference; it's pretty boring.
    Lindsey D Super Reviewer

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