“The First Omen,” directed by Arkasha Stevenson, serves as a prequel to the 1976 horror classic “The Omen.” The film explores the origins of the malevolent forces central to the original story. It follows a young American woman, portrayed by Nell Tiger Free, who is sent to Rome to commence a life of service within the church. However, her journey is soon marred by disturbing encounters with a sinister presence, compelling her to question her faith and the integrity of the institution she serves.

As she delves deeper, she uncovers a dark conspiracy within the church that aims to bring forth the birth of evil incarnate. The film’s gothic horror elements are amplified by the ancient and religiously significant setting of Rome. Strong performances by Ralph Ineson, Sonia Braga, and Tawfeek Barhom add depth to the narrative, making it a gripping tale of faith, corruption, and the timeless struggle between good and evil.