Damien: Omen II

Year: 1978

Director: Don Taylor

Written by: Stanley Mann

Threat: Spawn of Satan

Weapon of Choice: Raven

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Rish Outfield's reviews
The second film in the Omen Trilogy, and without a doubt, the low point in the series. Not only was it predictable, uninspired, slow-moving, and dull, but there were no characters I cared about and had to struggle to stay awake. The filmmakers dared to try to make the Antichrist sympathetic, the protagonist! Charismatic--yes, smart, quiet, popular--sure, but literally likable? Whoops. Were there really people in the audience that thought, "Ahh, poor Damien. I feel bad for him."? I tried to suspend my disbelief (how did Damien forget who he was between the ages of 5 and 12?) and watch this unbiasedly, but the flaws kept hitting me over the head. The problem is, Damien had it too easy in this film. Every time anyone stood up to him, they were killed--easily, quickly, by a servant or a bird--before Damien could even be threatened. There was no doubt in my mind that he would succeed, and the good thing about the first film was thinking WILL he succeed? WILL the devil win the day? HOW can we stop him? This film had no suspense at all...NONE. Even the 'shock' ending announced itself five minutes before it happened, and wasn't even really that effective when it did. Still, there was Lance Henricken in an early role (jeez, does this guy do anything other than horror?), and that's always cool.
Best Scare: Boy, I don't know. The crow had scary black eyes.
I'd Recommend It To: Only those watching the whole trilogy, and even then, you can skip this one and not be lost during Final Conflict.

The tyranist's thoughts
This follow up to the immensely creepy The Omen didn't manage to evoke the same emotions. It was apparent that they were working much harder to make us like Damien and ignored developing any other character that we could identify with. It is still a little creepy just because of what it is and there is a cool twist at the end that while it is pretty obvious, still makes you think.
If you pause for a minute and try to think of the whole trilogy, then it becomes fairly obvious that the people who made part 2 were obviously anticipating part 3 and just rushed the whole thing. It isn't really a movie in its own right, but instead a bookmark that says "Oh, and Damien was raised this way after the whole kill his parents thing." They would have done much better to treat this as a completely different film instead of as an episode. Unfortunately the foresight wasn't there and it is easily the worst of the three. The other thing it could have done, but didn't, is set up the character we see in The Final Conflict a little more. Instead we got a Damien that seems completely isolated from the Damien who tries to prevent the second coming in the last movie.

Sequel skull
Owes everything to/rips off earlier film
Sequel setup skull
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer
Victims cower in front of a window/door
Toilet stall scene
Victim locks self in with killer
Killer is in car with victim
Cat jumps out
Fake scare
Laughable scare
Blood hits camera
Killer doesn't stay dead
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
No one believes only witness skull
Blood fountain
Poor death effect skull
Excessive gore
Music detracts from scene
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
No one dies at all
Death in first five minutes skull
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes skull
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
What the hell?

Total Skulls: 7

Other movies in this series:
The Omen
Final Conflict, The
Omen IV: The Awakening