The First Omen

When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her own faith and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of evil incarnate.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Horror
  • Stars: Nell Tiger Free, Sônia Braga, Tawfeek Barhom, Bill Nighy, Ralph Ineson, Nicole Sorace, Charles Dance, Andrea Arcangeli, Anton Alexander, María Caballero, Ishtar Currie Wilson, Mia McGovern Zaini, Guido Quaglione, Dora Romano, Michelangelo Dalisi, Federica Santoro, Donatella Bartoli, Mario Opinato, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Nicola Garofalo
  • Director: Arkasha Stevenson
  • eb-47055 - 17 June 2024
    Great Horror Movie!!
    I am huge fan of the original and even loved the short lived TV series Damien. When I heard about a prequel being made I wasn't overly excited because let's face it, studios have been trying to pump new blood into older franchises for a while now and nine times out of ten they fail miserably but that's not the case with The First Omen. It starts out as a typical fish out of water story about a young girl who has aspirations of becoming a nun and is in the final stages of accomplishing her goal when she is sent to a convent in a different country where young children are being cared for. As she gets acquainted with her new surroundings, she unravels a dark plot and things are not as they appear. It is a slow burn and takes a little while to get going but be won't be disappointed.

    I think the reason I liked it so much it didn't regurgitate the same formula as the originals or the TV series by killing characters off with random accidents but rather giving the viewer something fresh and at times very disturbing. I suggest watching it without reading any spoilers or viewing the trailer because I think if you enjoyed the original, you'll get a real thrill on seeing how this connects to the original from the 70's.
  • IMDbKeepsDeletingMyReviews - 11 June 2024
    Stupid retcon for stupid people
    It's amazing how stupidly this film tries to retcon the original OMEN story. I'm amazed by the rating it got, but I guess that has something to do with it bringing a fresh female perspective to everything, like basically everything else right now. And I'm really torn by that. On the one hand, I'm so bored and fed up with gender swapping, but in the case of the Catholic Church, I would certainly enjoy the backlash it would create among its more devoted accomplices. Ah, the sweet dilemma.

    Unfortunately, THE FIRST OMEN is just too dumb to cheer for it, and it doesn't even matter how often you report this review. Here, the Antichrist is not part of the devil's plan to conquer Earth. It's actually subversive elements from the Catholic church itself who try to get the Antichrist to be born, so that he scares people and drives them back to the church.

    Yes, you read that right. This is how stupid the premise of this is. The church somehow summons the devil (or something similar) and has it impregnate women to bring about the Antichrist. In other words, they use the devil to bring people closer to god. Which, if you believe all this nonsense, is of course god's plan, because everything is, right?

    Thus, this film manages to add insult to injury when it comes to faith - not an easy feat, I'm sure. It has done the impossible by satirizing the Christian faith, trivializing the original movie and make a redundant statement about reproductive rights - all at the same time. And boy, I mean girl, is it a chore to even get to that point.

    Amazingly unscary, this film makes it a point to tell its story as unfocussed and slowly as possible while revealing some beginner's mistakes when it comes to directing. Stunning and brave choices with eyelines, timing, blocking and bad copies of superior scenes from better movies are abundant, turning some of the so-called "scares" into involuntary comedy, which is really too bad, since the cast delivers good performances on every level.

    Don't believe the hype. If anything, THE FIRST OMEN is the mark of the stupid, the 666 for quality screenwriting, and yet another ominous sign of filmmaking apocalypse. It seems to fool many, but it is what it is, and if you know, you know.
  • gilliaothegreat - 10 June 2024
    Soooo predictable
    Who gave this more than 3?? This is an awful film - considering the previous omens, this really could have been so much better. You can predict virtually every single scenario - admittedly, I didn't get to the end, but I watched half and that was enough. One of the most boring horror movies I have ever seen .. and I've seen a fair few! Brill Night is lovely, god bless him, but this really isn't the part for him. The main character is good - if it was billed as a thriller they could possibly get away with it, but a horror? No WAY! The story line is weak, the directing is beyond poor (old horror movie style) ... Oh dear ... Fog to create a creepy scene .. really????!!