THE FIRST OMEN – “One Hell of a hypnotic horror show”

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RATING

DIRECTOR

Directed by: Arkasha Stevenson

MAIN CAST

Nell Tiger Free as Margaret Daino
Sônia Braga as Sister Silvia
Ralph Ineson as Father Brennan
Bill Nighy as Cardinal Lawrence
Tawfeek Barhom as Father Gabriel
Maria Caballero as Luz Valez
Charles Dance as Father Harris

SYNOPSIS

It is a prequel to The Omen (1976), being the sixth film in The Omen franchise.

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.

REVIEW SUMMARY

The First Omen is one Hell of a hypnotic horror show! Yep, director Arkasha Stevenson’s prequel to Richard Donner's 1976 classic will keep you on the edge the whole the way through - and likely on the drive home. And while there are some creeptastic images that will surely be burned into your brain, it's the impeccable performances that elevate things greatly. You see, there's a refreshing authenticity on screen that makes the high concept (and often familiar) narrative all the more effective. You'll care about these characters, and in turn, care about their journey through the Hellscape they have been thrust into. Also helping the unnerving experience is the fact that the film plays out with a ticking clock of paranoia. There's a weird whispery background noise that never lets up – nor do the flashes of demonic imagery (and spiders for some reason). And, by the third act, things ramp up to a perfectly terrifying crescendo. It not only leads right into the story of "Damian" that we're familiar with but sets up so many other tantalizing scenarios. And frankly, I’m all in with whatever they decide to do next. Bring on the fiendish horror!

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