After finding success by mining one classic horror film, A&E is going to the well once again. Look out, Bates Motel — Damien is ready to check in and start creeping us all out.
The network has dropped a new trailer for its series Damien, which is based on classic horror film The Omen and serves as a continuation of that story, picking up with an adult-age Damien as he grapples with his true identity as the antichrist. Bradley James stars as Damien Thorn, who has grown up unaware of devilish history. Yeah, that’s definitely going to be a rude awakening, we’d imagine.
Considering how fascinating it's been to follow a young Norman Bates on Bates Motel, the prospects of an adult Damien are arguably just as interesting. With the right approach, this could hit the sweet spot of supernatural horror and human drama. That’s certainly possible, considering this project comes from some high pedigree behind the camera, with Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead) producing.
Here’s what Mazzara had to say about the show in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter:
"The devil has always been very sexy. There's something in the air that people feel like these are the end times, in some way. There's an anxiety about what's happening all around the world and some of these shows — like Lucifer may take a comic approach — we're taking a hopefully more thoughtful, thematic approach to that material. There has been a lot of post-apocalyptic shows out there now and we're the show that's about the question: 'Can you stop it?'"
The trailer does a good job of setting up the premise, with maybe a few too many nods back to the film it's based on. Check it out below and let us know what you think:
Damien premieres March 7 at A&E.