Lame sequel to the classic original film. Like the originals, the film features a couple Golden Age of Hollywood actors, with William Holden and Lee Grant taking care of Damien, the son of Satan, and placing him at a military school. Most of the film is Damien being unwittingly evil. The film does take an interesting turn when Damien realized he actually is the son of Satan. A film about a character coming to grips with the fact that they are going to be the downfall of mankind would have been an interesting story (even if it conflicts with the first film where it was pretty clear that Damien knew who he was). However, that's not at all the focus of this film. Most of the film seems to focus on creative death scenes, the same as the original and years later the same as the "Final Destination" films would make their main focus. I will give the filmmakers credit for the hockey death scene, where a boy falls through the ice and is swept downriver under the ice as onlookers are unable to do anything but watch. Other death scenes are intricate and fantastic, but there really aren't all that memorable. Also, a film focused merely on death scenes is pretty thin and that's where this film falters. The original film focused on Gregory Peck coming to grips that his son is really the son of Satan and had to be killed. This film had a similar story with William Holden realizing that his young charge is the son of Satan and must be killed, but his film lacked the emotional resonance of the first film and also focused a good deal on Damien as well, which I think was a mistake. Not that sequels have to always be slavish to their progenitor, but this film seemed a lot like the unnecessary "Rosemary's Baby" sequel "Whatever Happened to Rosemary's Baby?" The baby in the first film was not really a character at all, so making a film about that character is a pretty big stretch from the original story and this film seemed like a pretty big stretch from the original too. SPOILER ALERT! The third and final sequel when so afar from the original, where Damien is a high powered politician, that it kind of gave the series an epic scope and was clearly trying to do something quite different from the original film. This sequel however, seems like a placeholder story and didn't really introduce much new or interesting. Overall, it's a well crafted film with quality folks both in front of and behind the camera, but the end product is pretty weak.