Alas, Little Orphan Damien, lucky enough to be taken in by a rich uncle after bumping off his first pair of foster parents, can’t resist killing the second set, too, along with assorted friends of the family. Damien is obviously wearing out his welcome.
Damien is 13 and has a double personality problem, being both an anti-Christ and a rather obnoxious teenager. Stoically played by Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Damien has apparently been behaving himself for the past seven years, since his uncle (William Holden) and aunt (Lee Grant) suspect nothing and love him very much as does his cousin (Lucas Donat).
Only cranky old Aunt Marion (Sylvia Sidney) knows something is wrong with the boy, but a raven gets rid of her. Then a pesky reporter (Elizabeth Shepherd) shows up. So the raven pecks her eyes out and she stumbles in front of a truck.
One day, Damien’s platoon sergeant at the military school suggests he reads the Book of Revelations and find out why he’s special. He soon gets the knack of killing people himself, with spectacular touches that top the decapitations of his tender years. [Screen story by Harvey Bernhard, based on characters created by David Seltzer.]