Directed By: Don Taylor
Starring: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor
Tag line: "The First Time was only a Warning"
Trivia: William Holden had turned down the part in THE OMEN that went to Gregory Peck, a move he regretted once that film became a hit. This time out, he accepted quickly
Damien: Omen 2 continues the story of Damien Thorn, the young boy nearly murdered by his father because he believed his son was the Antichrist. Seven years have passed since that tragic turn of events, and Damien (now played by Jonathan Scott-Taylor) is living in Chicago with his uncle, Richard Thorn (William Holden), his aunt Ann (Lee Grant) and cousin, Mark (Lucas Donat). The family resides on a vast estate, and during the week Damien and Mark are fellow cadets at a military academy. They're a close-knit family who love each other very much, and Damien is very, very happy.
Yet there are some who sense evil in Damien. Aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney) is cold towards the boy, and, though her will stipulates Richard stands to inherit her vast fortune, she threatens to leave it all to charity unless Richard pulls the boys out of the academy and split them up. Then there's Joan Hart (Elizabeth Shepherd), a colleague of Keith Jennings' (the photographer from the first film played by David Warner, who had a nasty run-in with a pane of glass). She, too, tries to convince Richard Thorn that his nephew is not what he appears to be. Yet the Thorns will have none of it. They love Damien as if he were their own, and refuse to believe any of the wild stories about his so-called "sinister qualities". They are determined to live a normal life with Damien, and to love and care for him the rest of their days. All that changes, however, the moment Damien himself discovers his true nature, thus unleashing a new evil on the world, one that threatens not only the Thorn's happy existence, but mankind's as well.
Damien: Omen 2 proves a solid sequel to the first film in that it continues to develop the character of Damien Thorn, who at the start of the movie has absolutely no idea he's the spawn of Satan. There are pleasant scenes of snowball fights and birthday parties on the Thorn estate, all of which work towards building a connection between the audience and Damien. When Aunt Marion tries to drive a wedge between Damien and his adoptive parents, we find ourselves siding with Richard and Ann, who have come to the conclusion that the old girl has lost her mind. Of course, we know she hasn't; in fact, she's 100% correct in her suspicions, yet that doesn't mean we have to like it, or even her, for that matter. Damien: Omen 2 allows us to get up close and personal with a monster, and because it so successfully conveys the love and affection these characters feel for one another, we don't mind a single bit.
Damien: Omen 2 is much more character driven than the original film. There aren't as many scares in this chapter as in the first film, and even the kill scenes (with the exceptions of a roadside attack by a demonic raven and a pretty gruesome death in an elevator) don't measure up to the original. If you're looking for thrills and chills, then odds are you'll be disappointed with Damien: Omen 2. But if you're at all interested in seeing how a young boy, one who has, for the past seven years, led a completely normal life, will react to the news that he's the embodiment of evil on earth, then this is the movie for you.