Damian: The Omen II

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Damien: Omen II is a 1978 American-British supernatural horror film directed by Don Taylor, starring William Holden, Lee Grant, and Jonathan Scott-Taylor. The film was the second installment in The Omen series, set seven years after the first film, and was followed by a third instalment, Omen III: The Final Conflict, in 1981.

A week after Robert and Katherine Thorn are buried, archaeologist Carl Bugenhagen learns that their adopted son Damien is alive. Confiding to his friend Michael Morgan that Damien is the Antichrist, Bugenhagen wants him to give Damien’s guardian a box containing the means to kill Damien. As Morgan is unconvinced, Bugenhagen takes him to a local ruin to see the mural of Yigael’s Wall, which was said to have been drawn by a monk who saw the Devil and had visions of the Antichrist as he would appear from birth to death. Though Morgan believes him upon seeing an ancient depiction of the Antichrist with Damien’s face, both he and Bugenhagen are buried alive as the tunnel collapses on them.

Seven years later, the 12-year-old Damien is living in Chicago with his uncle, industrialist Richard Thorn and his wife, Ann. Damien gets along well with his cousin Mark, Richard’s son from his first marriage, with whom he is enrolled in a military academy. However, Damien is despised by Richard’s aunt, Marion, who sees him as a bad influence on Mark and demands that they be separated. She dies of a heart attacafter being visited by a raven in the dead of night.

At Thorn Industries, manager Paul Buher suggests expanding the company’s operations into agriculture; however, the project is shelved by senior manager Bill Atherton, who calls Buher’s intention of buying up land in the process unethical. At Mark’s birthday party, Buher introduces himself to Damien, invites him to see the plant, and also speaks of his approaching initiation. Buher seemingly makes up with Atherton, who drowns after falling through the ice at a hockey game on a frozen lake the following day | The_Void

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