Sinister Origins of the Antichrist Revealed as ‘The First Omen’ Haunts Philippine Cinemas

You might have caught yourself watching “The Omen” as a child on TV. And if you haven’t, it’s a 1976 supernatural thriller revolving around Damien Thorn, a young child secretly replaced at birth by his father without his wife’s knowledge, following the death of their biological child soon after birth.

As a sequence of enigmatic incidents and brutal fatalities unfolds within the household, and as Damien enters childhood, they gradually realize his true identity as the prophesied Antichrist. In other words, he’s the devil’s child, evil incarnate, the spawn of Satan himself, even bearing a birthmark of three sixes on his head.

(L-R): Nell Tiger Free as Margaret and Nicole Sorace as Carlita in 20th Century Studios’ THE FIRST OMEN. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

A storyline way ahead of its time, “The Omen” was a huge commercial success. The legacy of this 1976 Richard Donner-directed masterpiece continues to cast its eerie spell on audiences, inspiring a trilogy—with two other films released: “Damien: Omen II” (1978) and “The Final Conflict” (1981), which chronicle Damien’s teenage and adult years—a remake, and a timeless TV series. Tim Smith, co-writer and producer of “The First Omen”, describes it as a film that “elevated the genre and tapped into the fears of its time” and “rendered the supernatural disturbingly familiar and tangible”.

Now in 2024, “The First Omen” makes its spine-chilling debut in theaters nationwide, serving as a prequel to the franchise. This psychological horror flick introduces Margaret, a young woman on the verge of taking her vows as a nun, only to unravel a bone-chilling conspiracy aimed at summoning the Antichrist, putting her faith to the ultimate test.

Featuring a stellar cast including Nell Tiger Free, Tawfeek Barhom, Sonia Braga, Ralph Ineson, Charles Dance, and Bill Nighy, “The First Omen” promises to deliver a disturbing and chilling narrative that will linger in your thoughts long after the credits roll.

Nell Tiger Free as Margaret in 20th Century Studios’ THE FIRST OMEN. Photo by Moris Puccio. © 2024 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Prepare for shivers down your spine as “The First Omen” descends upon cinemas nationwide. Don’t let fear hold you back—secure your tickets today and brace yourself for a night of heart-pounding thrills as you witness the genesis of evil unfold on the big screen.

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About 20th Century Studios

20th Century Studios is an Academy Award®-winning producer of theatrical feature films and critically acclaimed streaming releases. It is home to such iconic franchises as “Avatar,” “Alien,” “Planet of the Apes,” “Predator,” “Die Hard,” and “Kingsman” and creator of hit films including “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Greatest Showman,” “The Martian,” and “Ford v Ferrari” and “Free Guy.” It also launched the successful “Deadpool” and “X-Men” film series, Oscar®-winner “West Side Story” and 2022’s “Prey.” Recent releases include “The Creator,” “The Boogeyman,” and the Oscar-winning box-office smash “Avatar: The Way of Water.” Previously known as 20th Century Fox prior to becoming a part of The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Studios is recognized for its incredible 80-year legacy. It is the studio that brought the world the first six “Star Wars” films, in addition to standouts from across the decades, including “Miracle on 34th Street,” “All About Eve,” “The King and I,” “The Sound of Music,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “The Princess Bride,” “True Lies,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Home Alone,” “My Cousin Vinny,” “Speed,” “Cast Away,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “Minority Report,” “Gone Girl” and “The Revenant.”

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