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  • I don't think many musicians out there can complement a horror movie so well with a choir
  • I don't think the visage of a bird has inspired so much horror since Hitchock's The Birds (1963)

    • by H. Munn


      Damien: Omen II is the second of the three installments of the Omen horror franchise. Set seven years after the events in the first film, it shows the Anti-Christ, Damien (played by Jonathan Scott-Taylor), moving up on the social and professional ladder. It is also the film where Damien recognizes himself and his potential impact on the world and is helped on the way by his disciples.

      He is also tipped to take over world’s largest conglomerate

      Thorn Enterprises and in doing so he will go as far as to kill anyone who stands in his way. The film, though good, is not as good as the original, but then again not many sequels are.

      However, I still feel that Omen II carried that haunting feeling of impending doom quite well. Goldsmith’s haunting Latin hymns and thumping music was the high-point of the film.

      I don’t think many musicians out there can complement a horror movie so well with a choir. This movie had more death scenes than the original and quite memorable ones at that too.

      Watching it I got the feeling that I was watching Final Destination albeit an older version with less special-effects, though with the same level of ingenuity. Acting-wise, Scott-Taylor excels in portraying the ultimate misfit son and then through a passage of tormented self-realization, the ruthless Anti-Christ.

      Damien’s adopted parents, Richard and Ann Thorn (played ...

      • Damien: Omen II movie (1978)
      by William Holden and Lee Grant respectively) are also quite mature in their performances. They display an incredible array of emotions throughout the film and do a find job at that too.

      The use of the raven in this film was absolutely brilliant. I don’t think the visage of a bird has inspired so much horror since Hitchock’s The Birds (1963).

      The raven’s omnipresence and its eccentric ability to kill Damien’s enemies was quite fearful. I also

      feel that Butler excelled as a cinematographer in this film.

      The closeup views of the eyes of the raven were excellent and the underwater scene was well, nobody could have filmed it better. The cinematography of the trilogy has been superb, at least for the first two films.

      It was inventive and had a screaming element of ingenuity to it. All in all, a good film but a great sequel.

      A must see for all the horror film buffs and Anti-Christ aficionados.

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