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Damien: Omen II (1978)

 -  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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These eyes will follow you wherever you go and you will experience a new dimension of fear. See more »

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9 June 1978 (USA)  »

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$6,800,000 (estimated)

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SEK 1,331,227 (Sweden)
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Much of the film takes place at Davidson Military Academy which was started by the fictitious Harlan Page Davidson. The appellation "David's Son" is frequently used in the Bible to denote Jesus Christ, Damien's polar opposite. See more »

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Some viewers have claimed that the faces of Damien on Yigael's Wall differ when shown throughout the film. However, Bugenhagen states that the Wall shows four faces of the Antichrist during his rise to power. We only see two of these clearly in the film (Damien aged 5 and 13), with a very brief glimpse of what may be a third face. See more »

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Damien Thorn: Yes. Born in the image of the greatest power in the world! The Desolate One. Desolate because his greatness was taken from him and he was cast down. But he has risen, Mark, in me!
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Nowhere near as good as the original but surprisingly entertaining
30 March 2008 | by (Austria, Vienna) – See all my reviews

I'm an avid fan of the original "Omen". I think it was everything that "The Exorcist" is made out to be by fans and critics all over the world: thrilling, intriguing and incredibly creepy. With it's apocalyptic open ending a second part could only take away from the original's ending.

The truth is, "Damien: Omen II" is by no means as bad as it could have been. Sure, the excitement and the perfect structure of the original aren't there. Basically, this plays out like an early ancestor of the "Final Destination"-franchise. Characters become aware of who Damien is and from this point on we know they're doomed and anticipate their gruesome death. Most of all the movie is muddled with bad character development. Lance Henriksen's character, for instance, is never elaborated on. It doesn't make him any more mysterious, it just feels incomplete.

A good portion of the movie is spent with nothing much going on except for a few people dying around Damien while he just keeps on living a completely normal life unaware of who he his. Then, all of a sudden everything happens way too quickly. Damien finds out about his destiny and immediately accepts it. The same goes for his father, who is infuriated at first when someone suggests that his son might be Satan's spawn, only to accept that fact shortly afterwards. The final climax and ending arrive just as quickly leaving you wondering why the whole thing was so unbalanced.

Still, as long as it's running "Damien: Omen II" doesn't fail to entertain. Like every "Omen"-movie up to and including "The Final Conflict" this one has this nice 70's UK-flair that you can get lost in for a few hours on homey evenings in front of the television. It may not be enough to make the series go down in history as one of the best, but these movies are all very watchable in one sitting, making this one of the most coherent franchises of the horror genre.


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