Omen IV: The Awakening (1991)

Somehow, this third sequel is even worse than its underwhelming predecessor. The series had evidently slipped from public favor, resulting in a cheap, tame made-for-television sequel that attempts to do something different but ends up negating its own purpose. As Delia, Asia Vieria is occasionally menacing but seems more like a surly, obnoxious brat than the spawn of the Devil, and the death scenes are negligible at best. Additionally, the screenplay is limp and gives its performers little to work with, on the way to a copycat finale that subverts its own inception: After all, it’s remarkable that the filmmakers attempted to continue the series with a female antagonist but the climax is a disappointing (and self-negating) cheat.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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