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Omen II: Damien (1978)

Damien: Omen II (original title)
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.

Directors:

Don Taylor, Mike Hodges (uncredited)

Writers:

Harvey Bernhard (story), David Seltzer (based on characters created by) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Richard Thorn
Lee Grant ... Ann Thorn
Jonathan Scott-Taylor ... Damien Thorn
Robert Foxworth ... Paul Buher
Nicholas Pryor ... Charles Warren
Lew Ayres ... Bill Atherton
Sylvia Sidney ... Aunt Marion
Lance Henriksen ... Sergeant Neff
Elizabeth Shepherd ... Joan Hart
Lucas Donat ... Mark Thorn
Allan Arbus ... Pasarian (as Alan Arbus)
Fritz Ford Fritz Ford ... Murray
Meshach Taylor ... Dr. Kane
John J. Newcombe John J. Newcombe ... Teddy
John Charles Burns John Charles Burns ... Butler
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Storyline

Seven years later, Damien Thorn is about to turn 13 and 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 in line to inherit everything from his family. Can Richard Thorn finish the job that Damien's father (Ambassador Robert Thorn) started? Written by Mark J. Popp <poppmj@cadvision.com>

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Omen II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,880,880, 11 June 1978

Gross USA:

$26,518,355

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,518,355
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Harvey Bernhard had finished writing the script and was given the green light to start the production, the first person he contacted was Jerry Goldsmith because of the composer's busy schedule. Bernhard also felt that Goldsmith's music for The Omen (1976) was the highest point of that movie, and that without Goldsmith's music this sequel would never be successful. See more »

Goofs

Simple blood tests could have determined that Damian was not the offspring of the ambassador and his wife. Why this is never seriously addressed during the film is unknown. They could, but there was never a reason to. It was established that the only ones that knew at the beginning of the first film was Damian's father, the priest that convinced him to switch the babies, and the Satanists involved with the birth. By the time the first film is over nobody knew except Satanists. If Robert never told Richard about it, there wouldn't have been any reason for them to do the tests. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Charles Warren: Richard, you know me to be a rational man, but what I'm about to tell you is not rational...
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Crazy Credits

An abridged 6 second version of the Alfred Newman Fox fanfare is heard See more »

Alternate Versions

The original version was released uncut with a "Not under 16" rating in German cinemas in 1978, the 1983 VHS release was uncut as well. The 1992 VHS re-release was cut (ca. 3 minutes) due to the fact that in the 1980s the uncut version was put on the index for youth endangering media. Only in 2001 the film was removed from that index and the film was re-released uncut, again with a "Not under 16" rating. See more »

Connections

Followed by Damien (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
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User Reviews

 
An excellent sequel to the Omen
2 April 2007 | by ozthegreatat42330See all my reviews

Beginning again with the mad dash of Bugenhagen(Leo McKern) through the Haifa port under the very fitting theme of Jerry Goldsmith, this film contains all of the chills of the original as Damien learns about who he really is. It has one thing that I particularly liked that moment of indecision,when Damien, in a mirror of Jesus asks himself, why is it me. The moment when whatever innocence is in him is finally lost. William Holden and Lee Grant are excellent as his aunt and uncle, and there are several actors who cement their acting careers in the parts they play in this film. I am referring to Robert Foxworth for one, and Lance Henrickson for another. Silvia Sydney is one of of her last roles as Aunt Marion (smelling of Lilac or lavender) and the one really weak role was Nicholas Pryor as the director of the Thorn Museum. I am truly sorry for those people who did not care for this film, as it is head and shoulders above most of the Anti-Christ movies made. If you liked the first one this is a must see.


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