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Omen II:Damien

William Holden , Lee Grant , Don Taylor , Mike Hodges    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars "Please Come with Me, Mark" June 7 2002
Over-the-top but highly effective sequel to the 1976 horror classic "the Omen." Seven years after the mysterious death of his "parents," Daniem Thorne, the Devil's son, is now twelve and living in Chicago with his adopted aunt and uncle. It is during this time when Damien learns his true identity while attending military academy. Meanwhile, folks are coming out of the woodwork to warn Richard Thorne (William Holden) that he and his wife are in danger, but anyone who so much as hints that Damien is the son of Satan gets offed--quickly and nastily. Some scenes are truly creepy; there's one scene that looks like an outtake of "the Birds," only this time it's more gory. But by far the most intense scene is the "confrontation" between Damian and his cousin Mark, who finds out who he really is. The picture is really good, although the Dolby Surround sound is really little more than glorified mono. Nevertheless, this film is flawed but well done and a must-have for fans of the horror genre.
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By Lawyeraau TOP 100 REVIEWER
This sequel, released two years after the blockbuster success of "The Omen", is itself a stylish thriller. Featuring an excellent cast, it attempts to continue the momentum of the original. While having some shortcomings, the film, nonetheless, manages to entertain and shock. This is due in large part to its excellent cast and another chilling musical score by Jerry Goldsmith that is used to great effect.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maltin Type Review April 20 2003
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Terrific sequel to terrific original, this one has devil child Damien (Jonathan Scott Taylor) 12 an living with his aunt and uncle (Lee Grant and William Holden), but when he discovers his true self, he becomes mad and many strange and creative deaths follow. Genuily creepy, yet not to gory, this sequel ranks high among sequels, giving us realistic and believable characters who we can feel love and sympathy for and a truly gret choice for the role of Damien (Scott-Taylor is outstanding!) Highly recommended! Next up: The Final Conflict.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie. July 7 2002
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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 knowledge of world history to his teacher. His first reaction to finding out that he is the son of the devil; sobbing, running off into the woods, and yelling "Why? Why me?" gave me the impression that he really wanted to be a normal kid, and NOT the son of Satan. However, as the movie progressed further, it became obvious that Damien didn't mind being the son of Satan anymore. He then used his powers to wipe out anyone he felt was threatening his mission or his life. Toward the end of the movie, Mark over hears his father and Dr. Warren talking about Damien. That night, he reads the Book of Revelation and becomes absolutely terrifed of his cousin and former best friend. He tries to avoid Damien by running off into the woods. Damien catches up with him and a very tense movie scene occurs. The movie ends with Damien causing a boiler to explode, killing his aunt.
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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first film Dec 18 2001
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This film keeps the narrative moving, potentially setting up a great third film about Damien controlling an evil company trying to corner the global food market. (Unfortunately, The Final Conflict is not the great film we had the right to expect.) William Holden and Jonathan Scott-Taylor give superb performances, and the special effects, photography, and score are excellent.
If there are any complaints, they are how closely the second film sticks to the formula of the first one and how this film doesn't have the same eerie mood of The Omen. Also, one scene is blatantly stolen from Hitchcock's The Birds.
On the plus side, I found Omen II to be less hokey than The Omen, with fewer mumbo-jumbo pronouncements based on ancient poems and the Book of Revelations. The second film seems to be a logical outgrowth of the first, with no confusing contradictions or major plot lapses, except for the peculiar fact that ravens rather than dogs now do Damien's dirty work. If you liked the first film, see the second one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the omen 2 damian
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 more
Published on March 1 2011 by kirk
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a look for fans, but first OMEN is still the best
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 more
Published on May 25 2004 by The JuRK
5.0 out of 5 stars "THE FIRST TIME WAS ONLY A WARNING..."
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 more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by Blade
3.0 out of 5 stars Not scary at all....but I don't like crows anymore!
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 more
Published on Oct. 20 2003 by AFP
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT SEQUEL
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by "jimbranca"
4.0 out of 5 stars A viewer
A shocking, suspensful thriller that is pure evil. DAMIEN: OMEN II isn't better than the first but it was really, and I mean really close! Read more
Published on June 1 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars a-okay
Own the 1st own. Unless you are a die-hard Omen fan, I would skip on this, not worth the $$$ to own since this movie kinda [stunk] and the transfer isn't all that great.
Published on March 30 2002 by stacecoaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Damien is even more evil in part II
Damien was an evil child in part I. However, in part ii his true nature starts to show and sure is not a pretty picture. As far as sequells are concerned , this, i.e. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars A Well Made Sequel to the Terrific Original.
Seven Years Later, Now Damien is 12 years old (Jonathan Scott-Talyor) is now living with his Uncle Richard Thorn (William Holden) and his Wife (Lee Grant) and thier Son (Lucas... Read more
Published on Jan. 31 2002 by Christian Pelchat
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