The First Omen Scene Caused Crew To Walk Off Set

By Douglas Helm | Published

the first omen

The First Omen hits theaters this weekend and the early reviews have been great. Of course, a lot of this hinges on the performance of Nell Tiger Free, who plays the lead character Margaret in the prequel to Richard Donner’s 1976 horror classic. In fact, Free is so good in the film that she was able to make some people walk off set during a scene that pays homage to the subway scene in Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession.

She Made Everyone Uncomfortable

Free spoke to the Hollywood Reporter about the scene, which only took her two takes to nail, saying “There’s something so satisfying about releasing parts of yourself that, society-wise, you should keep hidden. It’s this real animalistic rage that I tapped into and let come out, so it felt amazing,” adding, “And it was really satisfying to see a couple of people walk off set because they were so uncomfortable.” If that description doesn’t get horror fans in theaters to see The First Omen this weekend, nothing will.


Of course, as mentioned, fans of the 1981 film Possession will undoubtedly appreciate the homage. The classic scene shows Isabelle Adjani contorting and screaming in a subway station as if possessed. The scene is terrifying, and it sounds like Free was able to capture a similar feeling in her performance for this scene in The First Omen.

The First Omen

the first omen

The First Omen stars Nell Tiger Free as Margaret, a young American woman who goes to Rome to serve the church, only to question her own faith as she uncovers a disturbing conspiracy to bring about the birth of the antichrist. The religious horror is a prequel to the Richard Donner film The Omen, which follows a couple who learn they have adopted the Antichrist. This is the sixth entry to the Omen franchise, and seemingly one of the best if the early reviews have anything to say about it.

The Omen Series

Since the release of Richard Donner’s The Omen, there have been three sequels and a remake in 2006, which was the most recent film in the franchise before The First Omen. The sequels continued to follow the story of the Antichrist Damien, but weren’t able to capture the critical and commercial success of the first film. While the remake was a box office success, it was met with largely mixed reviews.

There was also a TV series titled Damien that ran for one season in 2016. In other words, The First Omen is the first film entry to the franchise in nearly 20 years. With the good reviews it’s getting, there’s always the possibility that this film could end up being a box office hit, which means we won’t have to wait nearly as long until the next entry to the franchise.

Check Out The First Omen In Theaters

the first omen

Along with Nell Tiger Free, The First Omen also stars Bill Nighy, Ralph Ineson, Sonia Braga, Maria Caballero, Nicole Sorace, Tawfeek Barhom. The film is directed by Arkasha Stevenson, who also co-wrote the film with Tim Smith and Keith Thomas from a story by Ben Jacoby. You can see the film in theaters this weekend.

Source: SlashFilm