Damien: Omen II (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)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s