Damien the Antichrist, now age 12, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of unholy disciples of Satan, while his adoptive parents, suspecting nothing, raise him to be heir to the family fortune.
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The second entry in the series was a lesser achievement taking Damien seven years further down the road to military school and having him find out about his birthright. The scares take a back seat this time save a vicious roadside bird attack that impresses. Casting is apt with Lee Grant best in show with her blood curdling cry of 'his' name.
Poor old Bill Holden has to deal with the anti-Christ while also juggling the running of a multinational company with wearing a disconcertingly sizeable collection of tank-top/tweed jacket combos (although perhaps all that is small-fry after Norma Desmond). But hey, someone's disemboweled by an elevator, so it's not all bad.
Not wearing its commercial venality lightly this pointless cash-in is a stodgy tick-list of ever more fanciful death scenes. The film seems to exist for these showy set piece exterminations and nothing else - even the cod-religious references of the first film are muffled. Goldsmith's electronic riff on his existing score is a minor compensation. Whether Hodges would have risen above the formulaic will never be known
The Omen films are basically slashers without a slasher, akin to the modern Final Destination series. When this sequel is at its best it features some quite memorable scenes that create dimension for Damien that the first neglected-- mainly involving him finding out his destiny-- but like that original film, the horror scenes and death sequences fall into too much of a predictable pattern.
A troubled production(two directors)that nonetheless bred a top-shape sequel that trades the lukewarm domestiqué of the original for bolder action: both a slasher-less slasher flick and a coming-of-age-lite about being Satan's son, Omen II is completely entertaining and ambitiously finds its footing: bigger, brasher. What if during puberty you find out you were the Antichrist? Some scenes truly ended up great. [cont]
Sequel follows the rules from the original, but by doing so it also takes few risks and is a unnecessary film as it pretty much retells everything from the original and doesn't enhance the overall story much further. But, it do deliver well directed gory, original death sequences for a Hollywood horror movie and the actors playing the Devil worshipers are great. Only for horror fans though.