“No! The Beast has no brother! Don’t call me your brother!” What a mean thing to say to your brother! … er, cousin. … er, the antichrist? On second thought, maybe it’s not that mean. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they catch up with The Omen‘s Damien and find out what the incorrigible teen has been up to in Damien: Omen II (1978).
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 135 – Damien: Omen II (1978)
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Damien, the Antichrist, now about to turn thirteen years old, 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.IMDb
- Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges (uncredited)
- Writers: Stanley Mann, Mike Hodges; Harvey Bernhard (story), David Seltzer (based on characters created by)
- Producer: Harvey Bernhard
- William Holden as Richard Thorn
- Lee Grant as Ann Thorn
- Jonathan Scott-Taylor as Damien Thorn
- Robert Foxworth as Paul Buher
- Nicholas Pryor as Charles Warren
- Lew Ayres as Bill Atherton
- Sylvia Sidney as Aunt Marion
- Lance Henriksen as Sergeant Neff
- Elizabeth Shepherd as Joan Hart
- Lucas Donat as Mark Thorn
- Allan Arbus as Pasarian (as Alan Arbus)
- Fritz Ford as Murray
- Meshach Taylor as Dr. Kane
- John J. Newcombe as Teddy
Damien: Omen II followed its predecessor, The Omen, by only two years but did not perform near as well at the box office. For Chad, the tone was completely different from The Omen, not having near the dangerous vibe, but it was still a fun watch with great kills. Bill found it to be better than he remembered and though it certainly doesn’t have the memorable imagery from the first one, it does have a great cast and some interesting political manipulations. Jeff also thinks Damien: Omen II is missing something found in The Omen and thought the music, though still by Jerry Goldsmith, fell short of setting the necessary mood. Damien: Omen II is Doc’s pick and he loves this movie! For him, the joy is in the preposterous kills and the excellent cast but he laments that you do not feel the presence of the Antichrist.
As of this writing, Damien: Omen II is available to stream on Hulu and on Blu-ray as part of various packagings of The Omen Collection.
The 1970s Grue-Crew (The Black Saint, Doc, and Jeff) covered The Omen (1976) in May 2017 on episode 50. You can check it out here: The Omen (1976) — Episode 50 — Decades Of Horror 1970s
Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1976), chosen by Jeff! Be sure to join us for that one.
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