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Damien: Omen II
The first time was only a warning.
Since the sudden and highly suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his wealthy aunt and uncle (Lee Grant and William Holden). Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's business empire - and the world. Meanwhile, anyone attempting to unravel the secrets of Damien's sinister past or fiendish future meets with a swift and cruel demise.
Damien: Omen II was what I consider to be your standard sequel downgrade. While I wouldn't really consider Gregory Peck to William Holden a downgrade, most of the remaining cast was definitely so, oh, except Lance Henriksen of course! Nicholas Pryor was a poor excuse for a David Warner-type character.
The biggest complaint I have lies within the story, there isn't much of one which leads to a rather boring movie. A rehash of people warning other people about Damien. And again, with this film, I have another annoying question as to why Damien would have a British accent, ESPECIALLY considering his AMERICAN parents died and he was sent to live in the U.S. with more Americans at the age…
"Damien: Omen II" returns its audience to the tale of the young anti-Christ and the efforts to stop him from destroying humankind in a sequel to 1976's classic "The Omen." Chilling and well-assembled, the film boasts a capable story marked by harrowing horror set-pieces and stretches of banal connective tissue. At times, the film outdoes its predecessor; at other times, it comes off as a routine follow-up. Still, the film's strengths are much more impressive than its weakness, making for an appealing and engaging horror sequel.
This second chapter in the horror saga finds Damien, the now-teenage child from the first film, enrolled in a military prep. school and learning of his supernatural heritage, while people pull the strings to…
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Damian: Omen II was another of those films I recorded off T.V. & watched over and over.
I always liked it because it continues 1 week after the events of the first film so it immediately feels like a sequel.
It's not as scary as the The Omen but does have some very memorable deaths as well.
It's a worthy follow-up.
When this film started, I was really suspicious that it would be a repetition of the original's formula, and as a matter of fact, it is. There are two things that are worth to be mentioned. At some point in the first half of the movie, a woman is attacked and blinded by a crow and then hit by a truck in what has to be the worst run over scene in cinema's history; they simply threw a human size doll on the truck and pretended no one would notice. It is so freaking bad that at some point, the wig falls from the head of the doll. That scene completely destroyed any involvement I had had until that point,…
De todas las veces que pasaron el maratón de The Omen en canal cinco (La Profecía), nunca vi mas que la uno.
Bueno, la secuela no está tan buena. Pierde mucho suspenso. En la primera, la tensión se crea de ver cómo el papá se va acercando poco a poco a la verdad hasta llegar al gran clímax. Aquí, cada vez que alguien descubre una pequeña pista que puede llevarlo a saber la verdad, muere al instante, entonces nunca hay tensión.
Y estuve pensando, esta es mi wishlist de una película coming of age sobre el Anticristo.
1- Más dilema moral. El lado obscuro atrae, pero un lado de él lo rechaza, porque es humano a fin de…
Part of the "Hoop-Tober 2.0" challenge.
This time around, animal-lover Damien Thorn trades in his doggie for a shiny, black raven. The now twice-orphaned tween lives with his aunt and uncle who decide that the best thing for a growing boy is the character-building opportunities offered in military school. Once there, it isn’t long before someone tells Damien to read Revelations. He does, and accepting his true linage, begins using a British accent to clarify just which side of the Good/Evil fence he’s sitting on.
In this sequel, the level of the acting isn’t quite as strong, and the melodrama runs a bit high. This however is made up for by some crazy accident (murder) scenarios that the Final Destination movies couldn’t hold a candle to. I mean, that thing with the train… Holy cow.
Taking place 8 years later after the original, Damien is living with his aunt, uncle and cousin while at a military academy. People start getting killed off as they start getting too close to who Damien might really be. They even bring back some guys from the first movie who were trying to help Gregory Peck in the first movie kill Damien but they end up dying in a tomb. Most of them are caused by a black bird that I guess has to power to kill just by looking at people. The bird itself isn’t outright killing people and poking their eyes out or anything but it keeps showing up when something tragic is about to happen. It’s never…
My biggest complaint about The Omen (1976) and the remake in 2006 was that Damien wasn't doing anything menacing. He was just some creepy kid who didn't say anything. Now in The Omen 2, shit went down and it was hilariously corny. Damien is choking and throwing people with his mind, the crow is killing people, and my favorite part was when Damien finds out he's the desolate one. He freaked the fuck out, I mean, who wouldn't. It would've been very interesting to explore that route more; following Damien around as he deals with the realization that he is the antichrist and slowing coming to accept his fate and start some training or whatever. Of course we would never get to see a film like that because some people can't handle fiction.
Overall, Omen 2 is enjoyable due to taking itself seriously thus making it comedic.
Every cop is in league with the devil.
In the first film, the central figure is Damien, but the main character is his father and we follow his story. It was a way to keep the audience distant from the little boy and justify the feelings and paranoia felt by Gregory Peck.
Omen II doesn't feel better because they make Damien the main character and we follow him along as he discovers that he is the antichrist. I don't understand how the Devil's son can be feeling fear and confusion and doubt but seconds later be a callused apathetic killer. I think the movie would have been better off through the eyes of someone else, again, to keep the audience distant from him.
It's a good continuation of the first movie, only because it's much of the same: people running around trying to convince others of who Damien really is. It's worth watching just for the elevator death scene.
It's sort-of oddly charming in a terrible way? As long as you don't compare it to the original, which is awesome. In this one Damian seems less menacing and more petulant. It turns out that the antichrist's rise is a lot less exciting than his birth.
C'est tu un film sur Satan ou bien sur la puberté? I guess que les 2 vont main dans la main...
Film 11/30 of the "Scavenger Hunt #8" Challenge!
My Scavenger Hunt #8 List.
19. A sequel to a horror film that you watched in Hoop-Tober! (or, if you didn't participate in Hoop-Tober, a horror film that has a sequel!)
Damien: Omen II certainly lacked the substance and the hair-raising style that Omen presented and acknowledged. while the heart was still there, in pursuing the life story of the son of the devil, we are extracted with a contrived journey - a lazy storytelling at the most. apart from the main character's supposed chilly exposition, the continuation to make him exhaustingly represented as a vessel to come off as haunting only fraudulently admonished with the failure to express the…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Another film I remember watched as a kid on NBC television back in the day. I'm pretty sure even then I knew DAMIEN: OMEN II was not nearly as good as its predecessor. The reason is simple. Whereas 1976's THE OMEN was frightening due to its story being grounded in a reality that seems very possible, DAMIEN: OMEN II skips any notion of reality and goes right for shlock horror value.
Directed by noted British director Mike Hodges...who was then fired and replaced with Don Taylor, the movie overall has the look and feel of a cheap B-movie. It also seems to scream out "rushed into production with minimal development after THE OMEN was a hit." For example, the mythology…
In some ways, this sequel is better than The Omen -- mostly because the audience is already familiar with premise of Damien as The Antichrist, so there's no need to set it up and the story can begin straight-away. William Holden and Lee Grant are also more entertaining than Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in the original (not better, mind you, just more fun). That said, with the exception of Elizabeth Shepard being savagely attacked by crows, Damien: Omen II lacks the iconic scenes that made the original so special and so memorable. It's also much more formulaic -- after a while you begin to wonder why it's taking so long for anyone to catch on to the fact that this kid is pure evil. But still, this is a really fun sequel that is well worth your time if you enjoyed the original.
All the films mentioned by name in Kim Newman's definitive encyclopedia of horror films, Nightmare Movies. Well worth a read.…
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…