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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Scary biblical imagery, intense gore in blah horror update.

TV A&E Drama 2016
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age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

Surprisingly chaste, for a show about the Anti-Christ…

The story being a TV sequel of a famed horror movie means it has plenty of splashes of blood and other violent deaths. Fittingly, there are some dark themes later on. The course language is mild and with the protagonist practically having a non-existent love life (personally found that a breath-of-fresh-air) the sexual references are also mild/implicit. While the show has a lot of potential, some of the best moments are non-verbal; the dialogue at times feels inadequate or oversimplified. The horror elements mostly feel like they are added just to confirm the genre while much of the potential in creating intelligent and multifaceted discussions about faith, good-versus-evil and fate seem to be wasted. It also seems that the series would have benefited from being an original story rather than an adaptation. Since what makes the protagonist likable are also traits that don’t seem to fit with the character he’s adapted from. The biggest redeeming feature of the show, however, is the compelling protagonist. His cause to end the darkness around him is moving enough and while it’s established that he’s no man of faith, it’s not plain wickedness or arrogance that drives his lack of belief, but rather it’s due to a bitterness and the lack of control he feels.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

If only this drama didn't make the unfortunate stylistic choice to show clips from the original movie -- it only points out how great that movie was and how bland this one is. Besides repeatedly displaying one of the logical lapses Damien is rife with -- if that movie took place in the 1970s, why is Damien 30? -- it also contrasts the acting of Gregory Peck and Lee Remick to James', whose acting doesn't quite stack up. Things should move along more crisply in an end-of-the-world-drama, or there had better be terrific sympathetic characters if the plot isn't going to snap. But no.

The only one who looks like she's having fun is Barbara Hershey, who appears to be playing some sort of devil's henchman/Mrs. Robinson character as she murmurs to Damien about his evil possibilities. Otherwise, the drama is fairly inert, and so cheap! A statue breaks apart and falls to the ground in the most Styrofoam-y of ways; a near-massacre in Syria clearly takes place on a back lot. For Bible-horror completists and Hershey or James fans only.

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