02 September 2014

The Final Conflict (1981)
108 min.
Directed by Graham Baker.
With Sam Neill, Lisa Harrow, Rossano Brazzi, Don Gordon, Barnaby Holm, Mason Adams, Leueen Willoughby, Robert Arden.
This third installment in the Omen series manages to keep its head above water...most of the time.

Sam Neill is good as the now-grown Damien, who is primed and in position to take over the world.

In the midst of a terrible global recession, Damien's first stop is being appointed Ambassador of England. Backed by a wealthy, far-reaching group of powerful behind-the-scenes satanists, Damien's ultimate goal is the Presidency of the United States. Will he make it?

Meanwhile, a supposed Christ-child has been rumored to have been born somewhere in England. Damien orders all infant boys born on that telltale day be brutally murdered.

At the same time, a group of (largely) inept monks try to snuff out the adult Damien by using those special, spirited daggers ('memba those?).

We won't tell you who wins. This is worth a watch and isn't as bad as you might think, although certainly it's a far cry from the 1976 original, both in spirit and theme.

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