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Review – Damien: Omen II (1978)

The second installment in The Omen series, we follow 12-year old Damien (a seriously spooky Jonathan Scott-Taylor) as he starts at military academy and realises his destiny. Damien is now living with adoptive parents – after both his parents were taken care of in The Omen – and as those close to him get to know what he’s all about (the 666 on his scalp is a big sign), they start being bumped off. There are also those who exist to protect him.

It’s a good watch and features some pretty gruesome Final Destination-like scenes – the journalist having her eyes pecked out by a raven is especially nasty, as well as the doctor who is chopped in half by a falling lift cable. Scott-Taylor is excellent as our chilling protagonist, who knows he’s a little different to other boys but comes of age with his powers.

Omen II sets us up nicely for Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), and it’s a solid and classic horror franchise that’s still very eerie.

GORE RATING: 3/5

SCARES: 3/5

DISTURBIA: 2/5

RATING: 7/10

Watch it for: Scott-Taylor’s Damien. Creepy kid

Watch out for: Large trucks, if your eyes have been pecked out 

31 Days of Halloween – Day 26 – The Exorcist (1973)

If Martyrs is one of the most extreme horror movies ever, The Exorcist is one of the scariest. Linda Blair was 14 years old when she played Regan, the girl possessed by a demon, and her performance is extraordinary and ultra disturbing.

It’s got many legendary scenes, including the crucifix, spider walk and projectile vomiting and is absolutely terrifying. It’s also really well made and special kudos goes to Jason Miller as Father Damien Karras – he is fantastic.

YOUR MOTHER SUCKS…: It’s too rude to say

GORE RATING: 1/5

SCARES: 5/5

DISTURBIA: 5/5

TOTAL HALLOWEEN VIEWING RATING: 10/10

Watch it for: It’s one of THE seminal horror movies

Watch out for: There’s so many scary bits. The final day of the exorcism is realllly heavy

31 Days of Halloween – Day 7 – Devil (2010)

Five strangers board an elevator which breaks down. One by one they’re murdered, but who’ll be next and – importantly – who did it? Devil is a terrific horror which keeps your attention peaked throughout, as the full terror of the stuck lift is revealed. Produced by M. Night Shymalan, it’s got prestigious backing has some authentic jumps and scares.

ANY ELEVATOR MUSIC?: Yes, there is some!

GORE RATING: 3/5

SCARES: 3/5

DISTURBIA: 2/5

TOTAL HALLOWEEN VIEWING RATING: 7/10

Watch it for: A claustrophobic hellevator ride 

Watch out for: The surprise killer. YIKES 

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