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Damien Episode 1.02 – Second Death: Recap and Review with Spoilers

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Now that Damien has an idea of who – or what – he is, how will the man respond? That’s the question hanging in the air as we head into “Second Death,” the second episode of A&E’s “Damien.”

Before we get any answers, we see that the episode opens during an exorcism. A small group stands over an open grave, which holds the possessed in question. Within minutes it looks as though the man has been freed from his burden. Moments later the woman who conducted the exorcism receives word that she’s got a new assignment that needs immediate attention.

It’s probably safe to assume her unique abilities are required in New York, where Damien is. We soon see a priest handing off a sacred dagger, with which comes the task of assassination. Can this religious hitman get to Damien and deliver a fatal blow, or will the evil embedded deep in his core ensure Damien lives to see another day? The priest responsible for overseeing the blade will never know, as he collapses in seconds, dead.

More visions (footage from the original film, The Omen) flood Damien as he makes his way to put in an appearance at Kelly’s funeral. He doesn’t handle sitting in a church too well. He breaks into a sweat, looking woozy and nauseous, forced to run from the building for fresh air. Ann Rutledge attends the funeral, which Damien finds a little odd. He’s also quite distracted by the presence of a mysterious man, lurking about the church. Damien doesn’t know it, but we know that it’s the man who’s out to end Damien’s life.

After the funeral there’s a small gathering for those mourning their loss. While at this little shindig we get our very first look at the vile side of Damien, as a priest approaches him and begins a little preaching. Damien begins to snap, eventually asserting that God is a “sadistic prick” for letting Kelly die. He really lets the priest have it, raising his voice until all eyes are on him. Slightly embarrassed, Damien apologies, and we move on.

It’s growing dark; Damien is seeing strange things. He’s looking every bit as haunted as he is. And he’s got a killer on his tail. In an alley the man attacks, trying to bury the sacred blade in the back of our titular character. But he fails in assassinating Damien. The two men struggle until otherworldly occurrences intervene. “The Dog” (you know what dog I’m talking about!) stands in the middle of the street, a cabbie swerves to avoid hitting the pooch, and in that moment Damien and his would-be assassin spill into the road, where Damien avoids being hit by the vehicle. Our killer isn’t so lucky. In seconds he’s dead, and his mission has gone uncompleted; the dagger slips through a grate and disappears below the surface.

Minutes after the accident, Damien is being interviewed by law enforcement, when the officer begins to poke and prod a bit too much, Damien once more begins losing his temper. In a flash, Ann is there, claiming to be Damien’s lawyer. She ushers our man away from the police officer, and we transition into another interesting discussion between Damien and Ann. In this conversation Damien learns a few more details of his life, like the fact that his biological mother died while giving birth and that his parents were foster parents – something Damien wasn’t previously aware of. But he’s about to be absolutely inundated with information, as Ann promises him she’s going to fill in all of the blanks and answer any questions he has.

Cut back to the scene of the hitman’s death. The detectives at the scene learn that the man had religious tattoos. The trail isn’t exactly hot, but this moment lets us know that while Damien makes his transition, the law will gradually grow to be far more interested in him. We’ll see if the badge is mightier than the devil… or the Antichrist.

As the final minutes of the episode tick away, we learn that Ann possesses one of the daggers (there are said to be seven in existence, though their whereabouts are generally unknown), and she shows it to Damien, who has yet another vision, this of his father raising one of the dagger’s over his head, seconds away from killing Damien before he’s gunned down by a police officer, again, as we saw in Richard Donner’s original 1976 hit, The Omen. More memories hit Damien like a baseball bat to the chin, as he sees more monumental moments from his past and picks up on the clear implication (and bombshell) of the episode: Ann Rutledge is from the same conspiratorial group as Mrs. Baylock, the woman who looked after him as a child, in The Omen!

Yes, my fellow “Damien” fans, things are heating up. Plot holes are being filled and we’re slowly being introduced to Damien as he was always meant to be: evil personified! Stay tuned – we’ll be bringing you plenty of insane coverage of this promising new series!

Stay tuned for our recap/review of next week’s Episode 1.03, “The Deliverer.”

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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