21 November 2014

Damien: Omen II (1978)
107 min.
Directed by Don Taylor.
With William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney, Robert Foxworth, Elizabeth Sheppard, Lance Henricksen, Leo McKern, Ian Hendry.
Worthy sequel to the original 1976 classic.

It's seven years after the events of the first film. Spawn-child of Hell, Damien Thorne (Scott-Taylor) is a young 13 year old boy now and he's attending a military academy.

He's also becoming fully aware of just who he is, and the awesome power he wields.

As with The Omen, anyone who gets in the way of the AntiChrist's ascent to ultimate power meets their end with a grisly, untimely death.

Can his uncle (Holden) stop him? Can anyone stop him? Does anyone dare try?

First-rate acting, terrific special effects, a rousing score, and inventive deaths (most notably the great 'death by black crow off the road' sequence) make this a winner.

Scott-Taylor is efficiently creepy as Damien, stoic, emotionless & evoking a nicely dark, nuanced mood.

Followed by the third entry in the Omen franchise The Final Conflict (1981).

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