Damien---Omen II Reviews
The film follows the Damian boy from the first film who seems to have grisly deaths follow him.
Damien is now a young teenager being cared for by his tycoon uncle and attending a military cadet school.
The gory death scenes that were a trademark of the original continue slightly but in a US dominated environment. The UK was the setting for the original.
The cast does not include Gregory Peck whose Ambassador Thorn character died in the original.
A haunting music score by original soundtrack artist Jerry Goldsmith is one of the sole continuity themes I can find aside from the Damian character himself.
Damien, the Antichrist, has been adopted and raised by his aunt and uncle, with his cousin, after the tragic death of his parents in the first film. He is raised in a fairly strict but loving/privileged environment and sent to military school. He does exceptionally well in class; but when kids push him, he pushes back...he's also not keen on those who think they know who he truly is...
"It's a shame, getting hit by a truck on a deserted highway."
Don Taylor, director of The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977), Broken Promises, The Final Countdown, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, and He's Not Your Son, delivers Damien: Omen II. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward but presented in some cool settings. The special effects were okay and felt very 80s. The acting was as you'd expect for the genre and the cast includes William Holden, Lance Henriksen, Robert Foxworth, Lee Grant, and Nicholas Pryor.
"When you have a knife at your belly, you'll keep your hands by your side."
I grabbed this off Netflix when I was in the mood for a horror movie. This was just okay but entertaining enough to want to see how the characters evolved and the ultimate conclusion. I will admit the conclusion is clever and surprising, but that doesn't make up for an overall mediocre picture. I recommend seeing this once if you're a fan of the genre or series, but I wouldn't go to out of my way to see if not.
"Were you showing off?"
"No, I just knew all of the answers."