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Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the sequel to the 2010 movie, Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, and continues the adventures of troubled teen, Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. This time, Percy and his friends need to find the Golden Fleece to save their training ground, Camp Half-Blood.

The movie franchise is based on the books by Rick Riordan featuring Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Unsurprisingly, Percy faces a number of challenges, having discovered that he’s the son of a powerful god, but that’s nothing compared to this host of troubled teenagers who featured in the movies.

The Omen

Percy Jackson might have been the son of a god, but imagine the trauma of being the son of Satan. 1976’s The Omen, the first in a trilogy following the story of Damien Thorn (a fourth movie was made for television but was poorly received), told of his birth, when he was swapped with another baby to be raised by millionaire parents, completely unaware of their son’s true parentage. The film was highly acclaimed and is one of the greatest horror films of all time, winning a number of awards and accolades.

The first movie was said to be ‘cursed’ after a string of strange occurrences: both Gregory Peck, the film’s star, and its executive producer, Mace Neufeld, had flights struck by lightning while traveling between the States and the UK, while the producer Harvey Bernhard narrowly missed being struck by lightning while in Rome. A restaurant at which Peck and Neufeld had reservations was bombed by the IRA, an Irish terrorist organisation. At the last minute, it was decided not to use a plane hired by the studio to film aerial shots in Israel; the people who used it instead were all killed when it crashed. A zookeeper who worked on The Omen was subsequently eaten by lions and other crew members also died in freak accidents after filming ended.

Some claimed that this was a sign that Satan didn’t want the film to be aired because he didn’t want people to know about his work; however, if he were truly that powerful and that determined to stop filming, one would assume that he would have been able to hit his targets and not have so many near misses or wait until after filming to kill crew members.

Although the first film was by far and away the most successful, the second films are also great horror movies in their own right, the second following Damien as he hits his teen years, with the third seeing him as an adult at the helm of an international conglomerate and appointed as US ambassador.

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