The First Omen (2024)

The First Omen (2024)

The Omen returns in this timely, terrifying throwback

7.0

Movie

United States of America
English, Italian
Horror
2024
ARKASHA STEVENSON, FEMALE DIRECTOR
Alessandra Fallucchi, Andrea Arcangeli, Anton Alexander
119 min

TLDR

The First Omen being good is, ironically, a pretty good omen for filmmaking today, even if it is part of a franchise.

What it's about

After being sent to Rome, American novitiate Margaret Daino starts to teach at an orphanage run by the Catholic nuns, and uncovers a terrifying conspiracy that hopes to bring about the birth of the Antichrist.

The take

Admittedly, being released in theaters a month after Immaculate, The First Omen can almost be accused of being derivative, with similar protagonists, plots, and themes. However, unlike Immaculate, this film captures a bit of the 1970s horror style that was best seen in the original 1976 Omen film, with the paranoia, the investigations, the Eastman Kodak-inspired color grading, and the number of the devil now depicted in striking modern images and clearer digital definition. And, considering that the Roe decision was overturned two years ago, the idea of a forced virgin conception is a great way to reintroduce Gen Z to the horror franchise, as the prequel, and today’s women, now have to deal with religion and authority reducing women only into vessels. The First Omen is a timely adaptation that takes familiar horror tropes and executes them well.

What stands out

The score and sound design is just so scary, I’m actually considering dousing my ears in holy water.

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