Damien: A&E's Follow-Up to The Omen Releases New Trailer (VIDEO)

Having found success with the Psycho prequel series Bates Motel, A&E is embarking on a new journey into the horror genre, this time with the scripted series Damien, a follow-up to the 1976 horror film The Omen, about a child who's the Antichrist. The series stars Merlin's Bradley James as an adult Damien Thorn, who is unaware of the Satanic forces that surround him because he's repressed the events of his childhood. As an acclaimed war photographer returning home to New York after a traumatic event in Syria, Damien will be faced with haunting flashbacks to the events of his childhood and eventually have to come to terms with the fact that his true destiny is as the Antichrist. 

"The idea that he's been involved with deaths when he was young, he's tried to move past that," executive producer Glen Mazzara explained to reporters on Wednesday during the Television Critics Association winter press tour. "We want to have him faced with his humanity. [His past is] something that he innately knows about himself but cannot come to accept."

The series, which premieres Monday, March 7 at 10pm after the Season 4 premiere of Bates Motel, also debuted a new trailer on Wednesday and we have an abbreviated version of it thanks to Deadline. I have to warn you: The most horrifying aspect of the series (not seen in this particular trailer, though) is that someone forced Bradley James to drop his natural accent for an American one, and although he manages it just fine, it's not the same. Check it out below.


Damien premieres Monday, March 7 at 10pm on A&E. Will you watch?


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Mar 04, 2016
I loved the Omen...and Damien. The second movie when he's a teen was the best! I watched it so many times I know the words (a little obsessed). When I first heard of the new show, I was looking forward to it. I knew it would never be perfect to me. But there's a few things that I just read that bummed me out. Why would they take away his English accent? And unfortunately, with Lucifer being in it's first season, they're going to be compared. I'm atheist but isn't Lucifer or Damien supposed to be evil? Why are these shows making them good guys? Damien isn't supposed to feel bad about killing, even if he doesn't remember his past. Between Lucifer and Supernatural, why would anyone think angels are so great? Maybe tv is trying to show people that there isn't just black & white, good & evil, heaven or hell.

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Jan 07, 2016
Omen (70s one) was an incredible horror film. This new series could have the potential to do just as well.
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Jan 07, 2016
Oh man! Im actually reeeeally looking forward to this!!
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Jan 07, 2016
Hell yeah !!!
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Jan 07, 2016
Finally! This has been my most anticipated series since it's announcement. I hope it can live up to the original movie.
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Jan 07, 2016
Hmm. I'm a huge Omen and Exorcist fan of the iconic movies-rewatched them countless times. But not too sure I'll be excited to invest time on TV to watch something that have already been sequeled to death. Doubt anything can equal the original movies.
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Jan 07, 2016
A&E's 0 for 2 in trying to create a companion for Bates Motel. Maybe the problem is that they never went back again to the classic horror route. But part of me questions whether they chose the right classic film series to adapt. Psycho's pretty fascinating but I'm not so sure if The Omen is fascinating enough to endear itself to the audience the way Norman and Norma do.
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Jan 07, 2016
Oh God! Oh God! Oh God! It was plain that American series makers knew they needed native none geographical fake English speaking Queen's English talkers for evil/intelligent roles. That Shannara thing could be so much better for it too!
But here we are. Well, I said English but take a peak at The Medusa Touch with Richard Burton for real Devil's hand stuff - hokey of the times effects aside - very creepy. I think they called it acting back in the day.
In the original movies he had no trouble as a child sending people to the firey place but now he's teen + years and has developed a conscience and that rubbish trope of I don't know where I truly come from so it's all a lie? Oh please. He wished ill and got it. He got protection when in need. And mow he's feeling insecure with his choices? He'd be the frat boy from Hell that never needed to grow up. Literally.
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Jan 07, 2016
Barbara Hershey yay!
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Jan 07, 2016
I'm actually really excited for this. I really hope it's good. Please be good.
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Jan 07, 2016
This looks like one of those "young man tormented by what his destiny is to be" shows. Trouble is the Omen films did that. I'm not sure a whiny, moaning Anti-Christ is appro for this.
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Jan 07, 2016
Well, at least you've already made up your mind based on absolutely nothing.
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Jan 07, 2016
I base it on the trailer...what else is there to base it on? The actors/writers previous works that are often trumpeted to sell an upcoming series/movie? I've seen all the Omen movies, including the remake this series ignored...the narrative I described originally was done in Omen 2..for about 5 minutes of screen time. Damien was ruthless overall from child to adult...we'll see what this show portrays.
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Jan 14, 2016
"I base it on the trailer...what else is there to base it on?"

Thank you for proving my point.
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Jan 07, 2016
WOW! I'm shocked that he's not using his natural accent it's not as if there is a precedent in tv and film for a person with an English* accent to be the bad/evil guy...

*or if the character has a different accent than played by a British actor!

It does look interesting though and I for one welcome the his oncoming rule and hope to be of use in his 'settling in period'.
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