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666 problems but a she-jackal ain't one.
Prequels and sequels to famous horror movies are all the rage right now. We've already had:
- Hannibal (prequel/sequel to Manhunter, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Hannibal Rising)
- Scream (sequel to the Scream series)
- Bates Motel (modern day prequel to Psycho) and
- Ash vs Evil Dead (sequel to The Evil Dead series)
There's also a pilot for a The Exorcist series on the way. Now we've got Damien.
Unless your knowledge of cinema is akin to that of a newborn child's, that name should already be telling you what this is related to. In case it doesn't, wee bairn, I'll fill you in. Fresh off the back of the success of The Exorcist in the 70s, The Omen was Britain's effort to cash in by taking seriously the Bible's Book of Revelation. It details the birth and early childhood of 'Damien Thorne', the son of the US Ambassador to the UK (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Lee Remick). Except Damien's actually secretly adopted and is really the son of the Devil and a jackal. Oh dear - he's the Anti-Christ and he wants to bring about the Apocalypse.
Along the way, various people gradually work out that Damien has a 'hint of the night' about him, and are promptly rewarded for their imagination, detective prowess and faith in God with a gruesome, almost Final Destination-elaborate death.
Like The Exorcist, The Omen proved popular enough to spawn a couple of sequels, with that nice Sam Neill eventually becoming the grown-up Anti-Christ in The Omen III. However, Damien forgoes those two sequels in favour of continuing the first movie in its own way.
This time, it has that nice Bradley James (young King Arthur in Merlin) playing the grown-up Damien Thorne. Despite numerous flashbacks to the movie and its stalwart 70s fashions, Damien has apparently only just turned 30. He's forgotten all about how his parents died, that governess of his committing suicide in front of everyone at his birthday party, those great big rottweilers that use to hang around protecting him and so on. He just wants to roam the world, taking Pulitzer-prize winning photographs of wars.
That is until he's on assignment in Damascus and gets a literal baptism in blood by an old woman with white eyes who mumbles in Latin at him and says 'It's all for you.' That's not a good sign is it?
After that, he starts to remember all those weird deaths that happened around him when he was growing up, in part prompted by all the new weird deaths that start happening around him. The question is, once he's found his game-changing 666 birthmark and begins to believe for sure he's a major player in the Bible: is being fated to be the Anti-Christ inevitable, like Norman Bates becoming a crazy serial killer in The Bates Motel, or can our Damien drink the blood of Christ, eat the body of Christ and accept Christ as his saviour so he can take up sheep farming or something instead, and all his friends can stop dying horribly?
Here's a trailer and for a change, you can watch the entire first episode, too, below. Then we can discuss it after the jump.