Damien: Omen 2 (1978)

Just as good as the first entry, this immediate sequel manages to get everything right both in terms of narrative continuation and horror sequel conventions. From the first few frames it captures the ominous, oppressive atmosphere of its predecessor, and the presence of several A-list actors like William Holden and Lee Grant recalls the Hollywood-royalty casting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick in Richard Donner’s original. In the lead role Jonathan Scott-Taylor is both compelling and insidious, and he manages to make Damien’s awakening impressively poignant. The death scenes are shocking thanks to director Don Taylor’s effective use of editing, music and sound editing, and there are many effective plot twists along the way.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

 

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