Damien---Omen II


Damien---Omen II

Critics Consensus

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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Satan's son comes of age in this horror sequel. Shortly after the events of The Omen, a pair of anthropologists uncovers an ancient crypt that depicts the face of the Antichrist -- that of Damien Thorn (Jonathan Scott-Taylor), recently orphaned scion of a wealthy industrialist. Before they can warn the world of the child's evil lineage, both men are buried under tons of rubble. Seven years later, 13-year-old Damien attends military school alongside his cousin, Mark (Lucas Donat), and spends lots of time with his adoptive parents, Uncle Richard (William Holden) and Aunt Ann (Lee Grant). After the boy's Great Aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney) tries to convince the Thorns that Damien is a malevolent influence on Mark, she dies suddenly, and, unbeknownst to the family, horrifically. Ravens, it seems, are the harbingers of Damien's power, and in addition to Aunt Marion, they visit a long procession of characters who get too close to Damien's true identity. The most horrible death is suffered by Joan Hart (Elizabeth Shepherd), an investigative reporter who's digging into the boy's life; she gets flattened by a truck after having her eyes devoured by those menacing birds. Meanwhile, executive Paul Buher (Robert Foxworth) climbs the corporate ladder at Thorn Industries and takes young Damien under his devil-worshiping wings. Sgt. Neff (Lance Henriksen), one of the boy's instructors, also helps initiate Damien. As the pile of bodies gets bigger -- and closer -- Uncle Richard begins to suspect the truth, and, like his brother before him, plot the death of Damien. The existence of another sequel, 1981's The Final Conflict, gives a good indication of the outcome. Although Damien: Omen II is his only Hollywood feature credit, Scott-Taylor appeared frequently in the theater and on television; he once even portrayed Damien's arch-nemesis, Jesus, on-stage.


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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