ByHunter Gutman, writer at

An oldie but a goodie, the original movie 'The Omen' gave me the creeps as a kid. I'm pretty sure I watched it in high school religion class, which is oddly ironic considering it revolves around the manifestation of the Antichrist. Yeah, it was a weird class. I digress.

'The Omen' spawned a trilogy, ending mostly in 1981 (there was an unsuccessful venture in '91 for a TV movie, but I don't really like those so I won't mention it). It was quite an effectively creepy series of films, and I would be lying if I said I didn't sleep with my night light on after watching it the first time.

Oh shoot, did I say that out loud?

Well, to my general dismay and excitement, they are bringing it back for a prequel. In a completely non-confusing fashion, they are titling it 'The First Omen', not to be mistaken for the First 'Omen' movie, which is simply titled 'The Omen'. You may be asking - what in the omen are you saying, Hunter? I would graciously reply "I don't know".

Ben Jacoby has written the prequel, and that's about all we know about the movie. It's all shrouded in devilish mystery, which intrigues me all the more. The series was deliciously mind-provoking, so I will do my best to honour it and speculate what it will be about.

For all those who haven't seen the original, a couple's son named Damien (ha) is a reincarnation of the Antichrist. Terror ensues. This leads me to believe that the prequel will probably deal with the unfortunately-named boy's conception and birth. I'm more than positive there will be some foul play in the matter, perhaps with a transparently named character by the title of 'Lucifer'.

Supernatural horror movies are among the most popular within the genre, and 'The Omen' was a true pioneer of the sub-category. The prequel, no matter what it encompasses, should honour the development within the genre that the original films instigated. I for one hope they do a good job, as I will probably be quivering in my boots on opening day.

Source: THR


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