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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

"The First Omen, (2024) - Birth of Evil: Unraveling the Antichrist"

Rating: ★★★½☆ (3.5/5 Stars)

Released 04-05-2024

Watched 04-06-2024

Reviewed 04-08-2024

Watched in the theater Using Cinemark Movie Club

"How do you control people who no longer believe? You create something to fear."

"The First Omen" serves as a chilling prequel to the iconic horror classic "The Omen," offering fans a glimpse into the sinister origins of Damien, the Antichrist. Directed by Arkasha Stevenson, the film crafts a compelling narrative set in 1970s Rome, where American novitiate Margaret Daino, portrayed with depth by Nell Tiger Free, uncovers a diabolical conspiracy within the church.

The movie effectively builds tension from the start, with eerie visuals and a sense of impending dread that keeps viewers on edge. The ensemble cast delivers strong performances, particularly Sônia Braga as Sister Silvia and Ralph Ineson as Father Brennan, adding layers of intrigue to the narrative.

However, "The First Omen" isn't for the faint of heart. Certain scenes, particularly those depicting the birth of the Antichrist, are undeniably disturbing. While the filmmakers managed to navigate the fine line between horror and gratuitousness, some viewers may find these moments too intense. The decision to tone down certain sequences for an R rating instead of opting for an NC-17 rating raises questions about the film's impact.

Despite its visceral imagery, "The First Omen" offers a gripping story that will captivate fans of the franchise. It seamlessly connects to the events of "The Omen," shedding light on the origins of Damien and the sinister forces at play. However, those unfamiliar with or indifferent to the series may find this installment less compelling.

In conclusion, "The First Omen" is a must-watch for fans of supernatural horror and followers of "The Omen" franchise. Just be prepared for a harrowing journey into the darkness of human nature and the occult.

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