The First Omen

119 mins
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When a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church, she encounters... More

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The First Omen | Ratings & Reviews

Genuinely scary

This genuinely scary feature debut is a good omen for Stevenson’s future career, showing her capacity to turn an unwanted prequel to a 1970s horror franchise into something breathtakingly current, disturbing, and often beautiful. Read full article

Eliza Janssen

"Vicious, elegant and oddly beautiful."


"Something new and genuinely scary."


"Call the Midwife directed by Satan."

The TimesThe Times

"A weighty and unconventional horror film."

Times of IndiaTimes of India

"Kudos to the suits for backing a horror film this provocative and spine-chilling."

Austin ChronicleAustin Chronicle

"Goes harder than a prequel has any right to."


"A fever dream with more atmosphere than narrative coherence."

Hollywood ReporterHollywood Reporter

"Stevenson... establishes herself as a bold new voice in horror."

Bloody DisgustingBloody Disgusting

"Smartly edited and well paced, with a good cinematic eye."

The New York TimesThe New York Times

"(Stevenson's) bravado works incredibly well until... she’s forced to play by franchise rules rather than her own."

The GuardianThe Guardian

"Forget what you think you know about horror prequels."

A.V. ClubA.V. Club

"Takes us right to the doorstep of the 1976 film in chillingly effective fashion."

Chicago Sun-TimesChicago Sun-Times

"Stevenson feels like a new, urgent voice in horror cinema."

Slant MagazineSlant Magazine

"It has little to distinguish it from the last 665 mediocre horror features I’ve seen."

Wall Street JournalWall Street Journal

"While slick, the set pieces are few, far between, and over too fast."

The TelegraphThe Telegraph

"A smart, unsettling revamp of the classic horror franchise."


"Free goes a long way towards papering over the picture’s shortcomings."

Screen DailyScreen Daily

"A true horror film."


"It's a nuttily compelling premise... and Arkasha Stevenson's film realises it splendidly."

Daily MailDaily Mail

"Doesn't quite hang together... But on a big screen, with the soundtrack turned up loud, it's still a fun couple of hours. Bravo."


The First Omen | Details

R16, Graphic injury detail, horror, childbirth scenes, sexual violence & suicide.
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