Wednesday, September 11, 2019

DAMIEN: OMEN II (1978)

"Damien Thorn is the Antichrist."

Seven years after the events of the first film, Damien Thorn is now 12-years-old and living with his wealthy aunt and uncle.  Life is pretty normal for Damien: friends, military school, loving adoptive parents...but all of that changes when he learns that he's the Antichrist!  I mean, that's kinda shitty when you think about it...he never asked to be the Antichrist.  Anyway, just like in the first film, Damien has a small army of secret protectors watching over him and, most importantly, that awesome pre-FINAL DESTINATION invisible force is still going around killing everybody in crazy ways.  The kills here are pretty wicked.  My two favorites were the raven ripping the woman's eyeballs out before she stumbles out into the road then gets launched by a truck and the dude getting cut in half in the elevator.  I re-watched both multiple times.

Right from the beginning, DAMIEN: OMEN II moves along at a brisk pace.  The acting is really good (William Holden and Lee Grant were both fantastic), the story is very interesting, great kills, nice photography.  Hell, the whole thing is enjoyable.  I watched it twice for this review.  One thing that kinda struck me weird was how Lance Henriksen's character never really went anywhere.  Also, the abrupt ending.  It almost seems like there was more to the original story that didn't make it to the screen.

Anyway, if you like the OMEN series, then Part 2 is mandatory.  I honestly like it even more than Part 1.  It's a great continuation of the story.  I did miss the demonic dogs though.  Who left the dogs out?!  Woof, woof, woof, woof, woof!

Part 1 - The Omen (1976)
Part 3 - The Final Conflict (1981)
Part 4 - Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)
Remake 1 - The Omen (2006)