Damien: Omen II (1978)

R  |   |  Horror  |  9 June 1978 (USA)
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Damien the Antichrist, now thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.


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Seven years later, 13-year-old Damien is just discovering who he really is, and what he is destined to do. Now living with his Aunt, Uncle, and cousin in a wealthy suburb of Chicago, Damien is anxious to inherit everything. Can Richard Thorn finish the job that Damien's father (Ambassador Thorn) started? Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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9 June 1978 (USA)  »

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The Omen II  »

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$6,800,000 (estimated)


SEK 1,331,227 (Sweden)

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After the doctor discovers Damien's blood sample to be the same as a jackal, it becomes obvious that his life will soon end as do all who discover the truth about Damien. In the elevator scene, the doctor asks to see a colleague on a lower floor. As he walks to the elevator, it is shown that he is on floor 23. He presses the button for floor 16. Ultimately he winds up on the 3rd floor, where he is ultimately bisected (meaning cut in two). He begins at 23- 2x3=6, desires to go to 16- 1x6=6, and winds up on 3 where he if cut in 2 (3x2=6). 6-6-6. See more »


When Carl and Michael are at Yigael's Wall, Carl shouts out a biblical quotation which he claims is from the Book of Revelation, but it is actually II Thessalonians 2:8. See more »


Master Sergeant Daniel Neff: Mathematics good, Science very good, Military History fair, room for improvement.
Damien Thorn: Yes Sergeant.
Master Sergeant Daniel Neff: Physical Training is excellent. I hear you're quite a football player. Be proud of your accomplishments. Pride is alright when there's reason to be proud.
Damien Thorn: Yes Sergeant.
Master Sergeant Daniel Neff: I'm here to teach you but also I'm here to help you. Any problems you come to me. Don't be afraid, day or night, any advice. You understand?
Damien Thorn: Whatever you say Sergeant.
Master Sergeant Daniel Neff: We're gonna get to know each other. I see you're an orphan. Well, ...
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Surprisingly Superb Sequel
14 June 2010 | by (Maine) – See all my reviews

That lovable little rapscallion from "The Omen" has returned to raise more Hell in "Damien: Omen II". No longer a toddler, Damien is closing in on his 13th birthday. While most pre-teens must cope with puberty and the confusion that accompanies it, Damien (portrayed by Jonathan Scott-Taylor) is more pre-occupied with his destiny, which is that of the son of the Satan, The Anti-Christ. He is now living with his Uncle and attends a military academy where he is quick to put his peers in his place and is encouraged by a sketchy teacher (the one and only Lance Henriksen!) who encourages him to read a passage in the Bible that tells him all he needs to know about himself. If only every teenager were given such guidance!

The film faced an uphill battle when its original director, Mike Hodges, was swapped out for Don Taylor, but thankfully, the end results aren't as compromised as one would expect. On the contrary, "Damien: The Omen II" is a rather solid companion piece to the Richard Donner original, with death scenes that are every bit as ground-breaking for their time and still shocking today (all about the crow pecking out the eyeballs) and a great cast that includes William Holden, Lee Grant and Elizabeth Shepard. Scott-Taylor seems born to have played Damien, managing the dynamics of being a sympathetic character turned a bone-chilling menace quite effectively. The film may rush a bit to its ending, which is perhaps its only flaw, but on the whole, it's a worthy follow-up that is almost every bit as mean and memorable as its predecessor.

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