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nikki’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
“Yes. Born in the image of the greatest power in the world! The Desolate One. Desolate because his greatness was taken from him and he was cast down. But he has risen, Mark, in me!”
Damien: Omen II is the 1978 sequel to British horror classic The Omen, and was directed by Don Taylor. It follows Damien the Antichrist, now about to turn thirteen years old, who finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.
It’s kinda surprising that whilst I often watched both the original and 2006 remake of The Omen and even caught a few episodes of sequel series Damien (I was hetero for Bradley James okay), I never actually checked out any of the sequels. I had a vague idea of them but I knew I’d have to see for myself to make a verdict as there’s a mixed consensus on the films but I have to say after watching Damien: Omen II, I’m pleasantly surprised.
Yes, it lacks any subtlety and isn’t as good as the original, plus the acting isn’t always great throughout but as a campy devil-possessed child movie? It’s a lot of fun.
The kills here are quite immaculate (in particular the elevator sequence), and I like the little bit of conflict Damien is given as a character, and, asides from some off line deliveries, Johnathan Scott-Taylor is far from a bad actor, and I like his rapport with Lucas Donat’s Mark.
Jerry Goldsmith’s score here is once again fantastic, and paired with the wintery aesthetic of the film manages to keep some sense of atmosphere even when the film is a little bit ridiculous.
I also really enjoyed the crow imagery, genuinely unnerving.
Overall, not a horrible sequel that manages to feel a lot quicker paced than its predecessor.