Posted by: OldSchoolHorrorGuy <Send E-Mail> Date: Saturday, July 24, 2021, at 11:52 a.m. IP Address: cpe-71-66-121-10.neo.res.rr.com
Now Playing: H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond score by Richard Band.
This is an accurate review of what is a mostly one-dimensional sequel score. I typically only break out my CD of this soundtrack at Halloween, if I am trying to unsettle the trick-or-treaters. I can only listen to so much Ave Satani, and the first film's score is certainly superior. That said, I do feel that Damien: Omen II is an underrated horror sequel, despite being derivative of its predecessor. The cast is generally good, there is a bit of angst within young Damien as he discovers his true birthright, and the kills are creative and sometimes shocking. The scene with the doctor in the elevator is one of three movie scenes that in my early youth prompted my fascination with gory cinematic death. (The others were Quint's death in Jaws and the orca whale biting off Bo Derek's leg in Orca.) So Damien: Omen II was a formative film for me, and that may be part of why I am so fond of it. But the score is definitely one-note Goldsmith.