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“A HAUNTING PREQUEL WORTHY OF THE
HORROR CLASSIC”
– Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting


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Be The First To Watch at Home When 20th Century Studios’
terrifying The First Omen is Available to Buy at Digital Retailers
on May 28, Comes to Hulu on May 30 and Arrives
on Blu-ray™ and DVD on July 30


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BURBANK, CA (May 13, 2024) – Witness the birth of evil when 20th Century Studios’ The First Omenarrives on Hulu on May 30. Directed by Arkasha Stevenson and Certified-Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes™, The First Omen is a prequel to the classic horror film franchise that has been described as “death-fully intense” (Witney Seibold, Slash Film), “truly petrifying” (Daisy Phillipson, Dexerto) and “the best horror movie of the year” (Witney Seibold, Slash Film).

Set in 1971 and starring Nell Tiger Free (Game of Thrones) as American nun-to-be Margaret, who’s traveling to Rome to take the veil, The First Omen reveals the horrific events leading up to Damien’s inception. Fans can delve deeper into the franchise with exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus features when the film arrives on digital retailer platforms including Prime Video, Apple TV and Fandango at Home on May 28 and on Blu-ray and DVD July 30.

Horror fans can relive the cult classics with all five Omen films available to stream now on Hulu.

Film Synopsis
In this psychological horror prequel to the classic Omen films, a young American woman is sent to Rome to begin a life of service to the church. Soon, she encounters a darkness that causes her to question her faith, and that reveals a terrifying conspiracy to bring about the birth of evil incarnate. The First Omen stars 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 is directed by Arkasha Stevenson based on characters created by David Seltzer (The Omen), with a story by Ben Jacoby (Bleed) and a screenplay by Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas (Firestarter).

Bonus Features*
Featurette
  • The Mystery of Margaret – Join director Arkasha Stevenson and stars Nell Tiger Free, Bill Nighy and Maria Caballero as they dive into the character of Margaret, her relationships with other characters, and how she’s manipulated while trying to solve the film’s horrifying mystery.
  • The Director’s Vision – Director Arkasha Stevenson talks about her love of horror films, the opportunity to expand on The Omen legacy, and crafting The First Omen entirely through a female lens. She also describes shooting in Rome, and the cast recounts working with Arkasha.
  • Signs of The First Omen – Join the director and talented artists as they reveal some of the symbolism within the set designs and the costumes. Learn how the use of practical effects blurs the line between what is real and what is not in The First Omen’s terrifying world.

*Bonus features may vary by product and retailer




Cast
Nell Tiger Free as Margaret
Ralph Ineson as Father Brennan
Sonia Braga as Sister Silva
Tawfeek Barhom as Father Gabriel
Maria Caballero as Luz
Charles Dance as Father Harris
Bill Nighy as Cardinal Lawrence

Produced by
David S. Goyer and Keith Levine

Executive Producers
Tim Smith
Whitney Brown
Gracie Wheelan

Story by
Ben Jacoby

Based on Characters Created by
David Seltzer

Screenplay by
Tim Smith & Arkasha Stevenson and Keith Thomas

Directed by
Arkasha Stevenson

Product Specifications
Release Date
Digital: May 28, 2024
Streaming: May 30, 2024
Physical: July 30, 2024

Product SKUs
Digital: 4K UHD, HD, SD plus a 2-Movie Bundle (The Omen + The First Omen)
Physical: Blu-ray (Blu-ray + Digital Code) & DVD

Feature Run Time
Approx. 119 minutes

Rating
U.S. Rated R
*Rated R for violent content, grisly/disturbing images, and brief graphic nudity

Aspect Ratio
Digital: 1.85:1
Physical: 1.85:1

Disc Size
Blu-ray: 50GB
DVD: 8.5GB

U.S. Audio
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA and 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital
DVD: English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital Descriptive Audio
Digital: English Dolby Atmos (UHD only, some platforms), English 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 7.1, 5.1 & 2.0 Dolby Digital, English Descriptive Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital (some platforms)

U.S. Subtitles
Blu-ray: English SDH, Spanish, French
DVD: English SDH, Spanish, French
Digital: English SDH, French, Spanish (some platforms)



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I didn't realize this had already been released theatrically, and that it was pretty well reviewed (81% on the Tomatometer). I'll probably check it out when it hits Hulu.
 

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It was released theatrically on April 5 and it's still playing in more than 50 locations around the country:
 

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Is Buena Vista still distributing this title themselves? I know Disney owns it because Fox has become their subsidiary. But I ask because I thought Bill Hunt identified this as the first title Sony would be distributing on Disney's behalf when he broke the news of the Sony deal. But that was a few months ago so it is possible I could be misremembering, or something could have changed.
 

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Is Buena Vista still distributing this title themselves? I know Disney owns it because Fox has become their subsidiary. But I ask because I thought Bill Hunt identified this as the first title Sony would be distributing on Disney's behalf when he broke the news of the Sony deal. But that was a few months ago so it is possible I could be misremembering, or something could have changed.
This is the first title to be released on disc thru Sony.
 

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Is Buena Vista still distributing this title themselves? I know Disney owns it because Fox has become their subsidiary. But I ask because I thought Bill Hunt identified this as the first title Sony would be distributing on Disney's behalf when he broke the news of the Sony deal. But that was a few months ago so it is possible I could be misremembering, or something could have changed.

Jake, I wouldn't even know how to identify if Sony was releasing this.

Chances are, they could be.

For my part, I am only identifying the release studio as all the press releases have been coming from Disney and that could be the protocol moving forward.
 

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I only have a mild interest in this despite the generally positive feedback. Judging by the trailer it looks like just another demon possession flick aimed at teenagers, albeit a well made one. Dunno, may grab a copy at some point but not at thirty bucks for a Blu-ray. Main reason I'm posting here is to say I hope this leads to 4K box set of the original trilogy.
 

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