The Final Conflict (1981)

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The now adult Antichrist plots to eliminate his future divine opponent while a cabal of monks plot to stop him.


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1 May 2015 | kannibalcorpsegrinder
6
| Decent entry, if not overtly spectacular
Carrying out a dangerous plan, Damien's attempts to father an Antichrist is continually interrupted by a group of priests determined to end his reign and prevent his plans from coming to fruition.

Overall this turned out to be quite an exciting and enjoyable effort that does have a few problems. One of the small problems is the fact that this one doesn't seem to go anywhere while he just spends the entire time pontificating on his mission and journey without actually doing much of any interest. These scenes of him going around his office attempting to explain his plans using his connections with the Biblical passages back to his overall plans which aren't in the slightest bit interesting in the long run of simply being too overlong in the first half. The later parts here are almost as bad with the completely overblown love story and the concurrent plot to deal with the children that just tends to drag on for a while as the discussion of the events plods along with barely anything happening during these scenes. As this is understandable considering the particular storyline portrayed in here, this really tends to undermine the whole second half hat really just limps along lifelessly during this half while trying to make the valiant attempts of suspense and mortal terror but never doing anything to do that. That also leads into the last problem here in the film as it really does a pretty lousy job at really delving into his evil business as very little of what he does throughout the film actually manages to make the main characters who is supposedly the Devil incarnate come off like an ordinary psychopath with a devious plan. There's a few areas here that does come off rather nicely which mostly centers on the activities of the priests to stop his plans from coming to fruition which allows this one some rather creepy supernaturally-charged action scenes. The early thwarted ambush at the TV station is rather fun with the actual kill being the highlight, the assassination at the office works nicely with the surprise shock of it and the attempt on the hunting grounds is mostly memorable for turning one of the most beloved dog-breeds into vicious killers in a supposedly chilling scene only for the breed itself to make it amusingly cheesy. About the only other positive beyond these fun scenes is the rather nice way it goes about ensuring the Devilish identity of the main protagonist, holding over the events of the previous film playing off the more charming and level- headed characteristics that would be expected of someone like him which helps keep his identity a secret. Otherwise it's all that works here.

Rated R: Graphic Violence, Language, Brief Nudity, intense themes of child death and a shadowy sex scene.

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