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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.


Don Taylor, Mike Hodges (uncredited)


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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


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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Release Date:

9 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Omen II See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Damien Omen 2 is a bit of an Avengers reunion: Ian Hendry plays Michael, Bugenhagen's colleague that he shows Yggail's wall to at the beginning. He was on the British 1960s TV series The Avengers, along with fellow Damien Omen cast member Elizabeth Shepherd (Joan Hart). Where Elizabeth Shepherd played Emma Peel on The Avengers, Ian Hendry played David Keel. See more »


Reflected on the roof of the limousine (lower left-hand side of the screen) as the boys are leaving home at the beginning of the film. See more »


Sergeant Neff: Mathematics, good. Science, very good. Military history, fair, room for improvement.
Damien Thorn: Yes, Sergeant.
Sergeant Neff: Physical training is excellent. I hear you're quite a football player. Be proud of your accomplishments. Pride is all right when there's reason to be proud.
Damien Thorn: Yes, Sergeant.
Sergeant 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.
Sergeant Neff: We're gonna get to know each other. I see you're an ...
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Near-worthy sequel to a horror masterpiece
13 June 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

The original Omen left itself wide open for a sequel, and even though I personally don't think it particularly needed one; I have to say that this second part, to my surprise, is actually very good! Don Taylor's sequel, of course, has nothing on Richard Donner's original; and even though the film often gets too convoluted and is more than a little bit silly, The Omen II follows on from the original nicely and is an overall worthy sequel. For the sequel, the action has expectedly moved to America; and the film delivers more of the uncompromising gore that helped to round off the original as an all round horror masterpiece. Logically, the film picks up the story of Damien seven years after his father, Robert Thawn, tried to kill him under mysterious circumstances. The film starts off with the revelation that Damien Thawn is the antichrist, and from there we follow him as he joins military school, comes under the guidance of one of Satan's disciples and violently disposes of anyone who stands a chance of discovering his real identity!

Jonathan Scott-Taylor is the actor given the honour of portraying the son of the devil this time around, and it has to be said that he does a really good job with it; even though the actor has hardly been seen since. William Holden is no Gregory Peck, but he does well in the older lead actor role; and he receives good backup from Lee Grant in the role of his wife. The cast is rounded off by cult stars Nicholas Pryor and Lance Henriksen. The plot pacing can be a little hard to follow, and not all the plot threads (the ones involving Thawn Industries in particular) are able to come through properly. However, director Don Taylor combats this by adding in an over the top and gory murder sequence every time the plot looks like it's going downhill. Here we have people burning to death, freezing to death, having their eyes plucked out and - of course - being cut in half in an elevator! The film just about carries off a mysterious religious tone throughout, and I was pleased that the film didn't get bogged down with theories surrounding Damien. The film ends with a nice little twist, before once again leaving the series open for a sequel - which, of course, it got three years later. The Omen II isn't a classic or must see; but it's a nice sequel.

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