THE FINAL CONFLICT
Moreover, the final denouement, which merely has Damien stabbed in a church, is a wimpy disappointment that lacks any of the grandly promised confrontation between good and evil if the producers had splashed out a little more money and filmed the Book of Revelations as written they could have made Star Wars (1977) as a 60s LSD exploitation film and blown everyones minds. Indeed, the script here is so shabbily slung together it has not even done its Biblical reading and has to invent non-existent books of the Apocrypha to deliver prophetic quotes from.
Continuity with the other films is lacking too the first film established Damien as being born on June 6th, 1966, but The Final Conflict has him at the age of 32 in 1982. Similarly, the first film established that it is necessary to have all the seven daggers placed in the shape of a cross to kill Damien; this one has the monks using them one apiece.
On the other hand, The Final Conflict has a good deal on its plus side there is another fine Jerry Goldsmith score and the film is directed with cleanly elegant visual flair by Graham Baker. Best of all, this entry gives the character of Damien stature, placing him centre stage. In fact, the film does so too successfully the representatives of good seem a bunch of complete no-hopers. Sam Neill, in his first Hollywood starring role, plays Damien with dark shining charisma, lacing the evil with a seductive persuasion. The script gives Sam Neill some magnificent soliloquies on the power and purity of evil, which come across with a disturbing sympathy.
The other Omen films are: The Omen (1976), Damien: Omen II (1978) and Omen IV: The Awakening (1991). The Omen (2006) was a remake of the original, while the short-lived tv series Damien (2016) was a further sequel to the original following Damien through his teenage years.
The Final Conflict was the directorial debut of British director Graham Baker who has gone onto make a handful of other films within the genre: Impulse (1984), a fine little-seen drama about a biospill inducing mass insanity in a small town; the human-alien buddy cop film Alien Nation (1988); and Beowulf (1999), based on the classic legend.