Omen, the 2: Damien [Import]
Several years after the mysterious events that claimed the life of the U.S. Ambassador and his wife, the now teenaged and militarily enrolled Damien Thorne is slowly being made aware of his unholy heritage and horrific destiny. Woe is he (including anyone in Damien's adoptive family and his classmates) who suspects the truth or gets in his way. While not as unrelentingly frightening as its blockbuster predecessor, this more-than-competent sequel to The Omen raises some interesting questions about the nature of free will (can the antichrist deny his birthright?) before falling into a gory series of increasingly outlandish deaths, the best of which is a terrifyingly protracted scene beneath the ice of a frozen lake. Jerry Goldsmith (who won an Oscar for his work on the first film in the series) contributes another marvelously foreboding score. --Andrew Wright
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This film continues the story begun in "The Omen". The Antichrist, Damien (Jonathan Scott Taylor), is here on earth and is now twelve, His parents, Katherine and Robert Thorn, now dead, and Damien is being raised by his uncle, Richard Thorn (William Holden) and his second wife, Ann (Lee Grant). He lives with them and Richard Thorn's son by his first wife, Mark (Lucas Donat). Damien is disliked by his Aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney), who counsels the Thorns to separate Mark from Damien with whom he is close.
Damien attends a militairy boarding school with his cousin Mark. There, Damien's interests are looked after by Sgt. Neff (Lance Hendricksen), a sort of earthly sentinel. There, Damien begins to flex his satanic muscles, much to the chagrin of a school bully. Meanwhile, Damien's interests in the Thorn family's multi-million dollar empire are being watched over by his uncle's highly placed executive employee, Paul Buher (Robert Foxworth), unbeknownst to his uncle. This is a man about whom Thorn's chief executive, Bill Atherton (Lew Ayres) has some serious misgivings. When several of the people who stand in the way of Damien securing control of the family fortune meet unusual deaths, the viewer knows that Damien's true nature has been unleashed.
William Holden and Lee Grant are terrific. With straightforward, sincere portrayals, they are the linchpins of this movie.Read more ›
**** out of ****
The movie starts off well and introduces Yigael's wall - ancient ruins which were unearthed somewhere in the Middle East and said to contain images of the Antichrist, from birth to downfall. Archeologist and exorcist Karl Bugenhagen (Leo McKern), who appeared in the original film and who gave Damien's father, Robert Thorn, the daggers to kill him with, had seen this mystical wall and tries to convince his friend, Michael Morgan (Ian Hendry) that Damien is the son of the Devil and needs to be destroyed. Moving forward several years later, Damien Thorn (Jonathan Scott-Taylor), now 13 years old, is living with his uncle Richard (William Holden) and his wife Ann (Lee Grant). He is enlisted in a Military Academy and has a good relationship with his cousin Mark (Lucas Donat) and a more turbulent relationship with his wide-eyed suspicious aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney) who somehow senses something sinister with the teen and is clearly annoyed by him. Damien, who for the most part is still unaware of his diabolical heritage, is watched and protected by the strict Sgt. Neff (Lance Henriksen) and his uncle's ruthless business partner, Paul Buher (Robert Foxworth). Following the usual "Omen" formula, anyone who dares question Damien and his origins are forever silenced.
There is the typical dialogue of the biblical prophecies and some added folklore and mythology. My favorite parts of the story was the addition of Yigael's wall- a man who lived in the 13th century who saw visions of the Devil and translated these visions into detailed murals providing those who lay eyes on it, clear representations of the Antichrist.Read more ›
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the omen 2 damien , got more scary and the freak accidents were so horrified now damien thorn is older and wiser and very brilliant what a really good sequel. Read morePublished on March 1 2011 by kirk
In William Holden's biography, GOLDEN BOY, he was just coming off the classic film NETWORK when he was offered the lead in the first THE OMEN. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by The JuRK
WOW! This movie far surpasses the 1976 blockbuster, with better characters, music, & a plot that's much, MUCH easier to understand compared to that of the original. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2004 by Blade
Don't believe the hype, this movie is not scary at all, it may be abit freaky but it isn't something to scare the living daylights out of you. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by AFP
EXCELLENT SEQUEL TO THE OMEN MAY LACK THE MYSTERIOUS CREEPINESS
OF THE FIRST FILM BUT MAKES UP FOR IT WITH EFFECTIVE CHILLING AND
INVENTIVE DEATH SEQUENCES
The Omen Part II:
This movie is about the ant-christ, Damien Thorn, as a twelve year old boy. In this movie, Damien discovers his true identity after "Showing off" his... Read more