Damien: Omen II

"Very Good"

Damien: Omen II Review


Somewhat unfairly maligned as a hokey, schlocky series, The Omen has always been far more sinister series than its sequel-happy reputation would indicate. The movies are about the devil's son wreaking havoc on earth, for God's sake -- and not only is that about the most classically "evil" character you can get, he also tend to be unstoppable. Good never triumphs in these movies. But really, it can't... how would they keep making sequels?

No longer a toddler, Damien: Omen II finds our young antichrist shipped to Chicago to live with his aunt (Lee Grant) and uncle (William Holden -- yeah, that William Holden). He's a hugely successful titan of industry, which is perfect for Damien: Eventually he'll become the boss of Thorn Industries, a great vantage point for ruling the world as the dark lord.

The plot is pretty much a rehash of the original, though: People catch wind of Damien's dubious provenance, and then Damien uses his evil powers to have them "accidentally" killed. One of the series' most memorable slayings comes when a doctor -- who's found that Damien's blood isn't human but rather jackal -- is killed by a cable which falls through an elevator, cutting them both in half. Gore is certainly not lacking in this installment. And once again, dad figures it all out, and once again he's thwarted at the last second... though the little twist at the end is actually pretty novel and only vaguely expected.

As the teenage Damien, Jonathan Scott-Taylor works wonders with the role, a kid coming to grips with his identity (first denial and shame, then acceptance and pride), and the casting job is excellent. (The presence of Holden also helps to elevate the film considerably beyond its genre roots.)

How much you read Omen II as an allegory about the evils of big business and the military (Damien spend the entire time in military school, and his drill instructor (Lance Henriksen) is the one who first informs him that he's the son of the devil) is a question of personal bias, I suppose. But the fact that a horror movie could even have sociological interpretations like this, well, that's an omen indeed.

It's good to be the devil.



Damien: Omen II

Facts and Figures

Run time: 107 mins

In Theaters: Friday 9th June 1978

Budget: $4M

Production compaines: 20th Century Fox

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 6.2 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Starring: as Richard Thorn, as Ann Thorn, Jonathan Scott-Taylor as Damien Thorn, Robert Foxworth as Paul Buher, as Sergeant Neff, Elizabeth Shepherd as Joan Hart, as Charles Warren, as Bill Atherton, as Aunt Marion, Lucas Donat as Mark Thorn

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Imperium Movie Review

Imperium Movie Review

First-time filmmaker Daniel Ragussis takes an unusual approach to this thriller. Since it's based on...

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

The Girl With All the Gifts Movie Review

Like a 10-years-later follow-up to 28 Days Later, this small British thriller takes a refreshingly...

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

The Magnificent Seven Movie Review

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic...

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

Bridget Jones's Baby Movie Review

As it's been 12 years since the last Bridget Jones movie, expectations aren't too high...

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years Movie Review

A-list director Ron Howard worked with the surviving Beatles to assemble this engaging documentary, which...

Blair Witch Movie Review

Blair Witch Movie Review

It's been 17 years since The Blair Witch Project shook up the cinema and created...

Anthropoid Movie Review

Anthropoid Movie Review

Outside the Czech Republic, few people know about Operation Anthropoid, a spy mission in 1943...

Advertisement
Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

Kubo and the Two Strings Movie Review

From Laika (The Boxtrolls), this is one of the most beautiful, sophisticated animated films in...

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

Captain Fantastic Movie Review

An offbeat comedy-drama with a timely kick, this charming family road trip takes on some...

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Hell or High Water Movie Review

Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan delivers another fiercely intelligent, engaging story that maintains high suspense while...

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

The 9th Life of Louis Drax Movie Review

With heavy overtones of Hitchcockian mystery and intrigue, this stylish thriller is the enjoyably melodramatic...

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

Kickboxer: Vengeance Movie Review

The 1989 Muay Thai action movie Kickboxer starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, who pops...

Julieta Movie Review

Julieta Movie Review

Iconic Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar is back with another powerfully complex female-centred drama, along the...

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Movie Review

An astute satire of the pop music business, this raucous mock-documentary is consistently hilarious from...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.