The First Omen Emerges: A Chilling Prelude to Horror’s Iconic Tale

The First Omen Emerges: Celebrate, film enthusiasts, as some major releases are holding onto their dates in the upcoming theatrical film schedule, undeterred by the impact of the actors’ strike. Disney initially reserved April 5, and now it’s earmarked for 20th Century Studios’ psychological thriller, “The First Omen,” serving as a prequel to the iconic 1976 horror film.

The original movie, a box office success, raking in over $60 million domestically (not adjusted for inflation), featured stars like Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, and Harvey Stephens. It revolves around an American ambassador who suspects his 5-year-old son to be the Antichrist.

Directed by Arkasha Stevenson, this prequel unfolds as a young American woman embarks on a mission of service to the church in Rome. Confronted by a sinister force, she questions her faith, unraveling a chilling conspiracy aiming to bring forth the birth of ultimate evil.

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“The First Omen” boasts a cast including Nell Tiger Free (Servant), Tawfeek Barhom (Mary Magdalene), Sonia Braga (Kiss of the Spider Woman), Ralph Ineson (The Northman), and Bill Nighy (Living). The film draws inspiration from characters created by David Seltzer, with a story by Ben Jacoby (Bleed) and a screenplay by Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson, along with Keith Thomas (Firestarter).

Producers David S. Goyer and Keith Levine, alongside executive producers Tim Smith, Whitney Brown, and Gracie Wheelan, bring this prequel to life.

Meanwhile, Universal has reserved April 5 for a new wide theatrical release. The ever-changing landscape of the 2024 theatrical release calendar, post-SAG-AFTRA strike, has major studios adapting plans day by day, as one studio representative shared.

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Our Reader’s Queries

What year did The Omen come out?

The Omen hit theaters in June 1976 through 20th Century Fox. Critics had conflicting opinions, but the film raked in over $60 million at the U.S. box office, making it a big money-maker in 1976.

How scary is The Omen 1976?

The Omen stands out as a top-notch horror flick from the 1970s. Devoid of gore and sexual content, it simply sends shivers down your spine. Every aspect of the film adds to its chilling atmosphere: Jerry Goldsmith’s award-winning music, exceptional performances, striking cinematography, and a truly terrifying finale.

Why did Gregory Peck do The Omen?

Gregory Peck agreed to play the role of a tormented father struggling with guilt because he had been absent when his son Jonathon took his own life in 1975.

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