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Damien: Omen II (1978)

R | | Horror | 9 June 1978 (USA)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucas Donat ...
Pasarian (as Alan Arbus)
Fritz Ford ...
John J. Newcombe ...
John Charles Burns ...


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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The first time was only a warning. See more »




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Release Date:

9 June 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Omen II  »


Box Office


$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,880,880, 11 June 1978, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,518,355, 31 December 1978
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The tagline for this movie was "The First One Was Only A Warning". That's what all the posters for the movie say. But the second one is only a warning too, and so is the third as Armageddon never actually comes in these movies. See more »


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 »


Dr. Charles Warren: Richard, I have to ask you something very personal.
Richard Thorn: We're friends.
Dr. Charles Warren: Can you tell what actually happened to your brother in London?
Richard Thorn: Why do you ask that?
Dr. Charles Warren: I've just opened a letter box that was sent from Israel. It belonged to Bugenhagen, they found it near his skeleton.
Richard Thorn: So?
Dr. Charles Warren: Did you know it was Bugenhagen who gave your brother the daggers to kill Damien?
Richard Thorn: What the hell are you talking about?
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Surprisingly Superb Sequel
14 June 2010 | by 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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