Damien: Omen II (1978)
Directed By: Don Taylor
Written By: Harvey Bernhard
Cast: William Holden, Lee Grant and Jonathan Scott-Taylor
Movie Release Date: 107 min
The movie is the second of the lot of The Omen series and is set after a gap of seven years after the first film. Directed by Don Taylor, the movie stars William Holden, Lee Grant and Jonathan Scott-Taylor in the leading roles. The film received mixed reviews with critics saying that the second part failed to live up to the expectation of the original and some of the scenes which were supposed to send a chill down the audiences’ spine, misfired badly and ended up being comic instead.
Damien, a 12 year old boy played by Jonathan Scott-Taylor has been orphaned and is sent to live with his uncle and aunt, Richard and Ann Thorn portrayed by William Holden and Lee Grant. Damien is the Antichrist and he announces to his cousin, Mark proudly that he is indeed the son of Satan. But his uncle and aunt refuse to believe such a possibility and every time a person lands up with an evidence to convince them otherwise, they are killed by unnatural circumstances, but Damien is never suspected of the deeds. Every attempt to expose Damien’s true nature is foiled as all the people who are aware of who Damien really is dies either by a brain aneurysm, or run over by a vehicle, or is chopped into half by an elevator cable. Even though the audience is glued till the fag end of the movie, eager to know the fate of Damien and his remaining family members, the film was successful into living up to its hype and received on 43% on RottenTomatoes. However Jerry Goldsmith’s score was critically praised as it added to the eeriness of the atmosphere.