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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.

Directors:

Don Taylor, Mike Hodges (uncredited)

Writers:

Harvey Bernhard (story), David Seltzer (based on characters created by) | 2 more credits »

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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, 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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,518,355, 31 December 1978
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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

Damien doesn't seem to physically kill anyone in this movie. We see a series of bizarre accidents which kill off the devil's enemies, and this seems to be engineered by the Devil himself, or demonic forces, not Damien. Only at the ending, when the room at the museum blows up and Anne gets incinerated shouting "Damien!", and when Mark has his aneurism, do we suspect foul play. See more »

Goofs

After Aunt Marion has been killed, the crow flies out of the open window. If you watch it's shadow on the right curtain, you can see the crow has landed somewhere to the left and is flapping it's wings for several seconds. This part is obviously filmed on a set, not in a country mansion, otherwise the crow would have been long gone in that time. See more »

Quotes

[Damien has just seen the Mark of the Beast on his scalp, indicating he is the Antichrist. He runs out of the Academy building]
Damien Thorn: [shouting] Why? Why me?
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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 »

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Followed by The First Omen See more »

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Happy Birthday to You
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its not a good sequel...but it is a badass sequel
27 July 2018 | by tdrishSee all my reviews

They knew! To meet or exceed the expectations of The Omen, they knew it couldn't be done. So why try? Instead, our filmmakers decided to go the route of simply continuing the story, fast forwarding about seven or eight years. To sum it up: Damien is 13 years old. He finally discovers the three digit mark of the beast on the back of his head, after examining himself in the mirror, and the message is all too clear: He's been chosen as The AntiChrist. With that said, a suspiciously large amount of dead bodies begin to rise in count, as the power of Satan rises right along with it. And does all this power go to Damiens head? You bet it does! You can see the evil glint in his eyes, his hideous smile, and he goes on an ego trip with cockiness, knowing the power that he's been both blessed and cursed with. This movie was nowhere near as good as the original, however, in my opinion, it's a lot more entertaining then the original. Whereas the original stuck to its guns being more of a drama/horror, this one is more of revelation/horror....the trade off is a pay off in my book. Do I recommend it. Absolutely! There's not a lot of boring, stretched out scenes as in the The Omen, which can easily be overlooked, however, it cannot be denied that something is missing in the mix of The Omen II. The deaths are disturbing, yet creative. ( The elevator death scene? Well done, even for its time.) I do not recommend any Omen movies past this one, unless you want to waste your time. Then, have at it.


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