Unexpected Success of R-Rated Horror Film The First Omen on Disney Plus

In a rather unexpected turn of events, The First Omen, an R-Rated horror film, is trending on Disney Plus. Despite its initial struggle at the box office, the film has found a new lease on life via streaming. A report by Reelgood reveals that as of the week of May 30 – June 5, The First Omen ranked as the sixth most popular title available on streaming platforms in the United States, beating out significant titles like Atlas, Evil, and Tires.

 

A Complex Reception at The Box Office

An intriguing aspect of this film’s journey is its reception. Directed by Arkasha Stevenson, the prequel to Richard Donner’s classic 1976 film The Omen, stars Nell Tiger Free as Margaret—a young woman who joins a convent in Rome. There, she uncovers a dark conspiracy aimed at the birth of pure evil. Despite receiving generally favorable reviews from critics and garnering an 81% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film only managed to rake in $53.8 million globally against its $30 million budget.

Unexpected Success of R-Rated Horror Film The First Omen on Disney Plus

The Director’s Touch

Director Arkasha Stevenson has been noted for her commitment to the project, making her feature directorial debut with The First Omen. The production saw Stevenson collaborating with “dark wizard” FX artists Adrien Morot and Kathy Tse of Morot FX Studio to craft genuinely terrifying visuals. Interestingly, she revealed in an interview that a fake baby used in the film was based on a body scan of one of the producer’s children.Once you experience The First Omen and Free’s performance, you’ll know that she definitely knew her stuff.

Unexpected Success of R-Rated Horror Film The First Omen on Disney Plus

Nell Tiger Free Shines as Margaret

Leading actress Nell Tiger Free gives an energetic performance as Margaret, proving once more why she’s a rising star in the industry. In her first leading role in a feature film, Free captivates audiences as her character dives deeper into the horrors and conspiracies that surround her.Digital Spy sat down with Nell Tiger Free to talk about working with director/writer Arkasha Stevenson.

Unexpected Success of R-Rated Horror Film The First Omen on Disney Plus

A Stellar Supporting Cast

The supporting cast includes notable names like Sonia Braga as Sister Silva and Ralph Ineson as part of the ensemble cast. They’re joined by other talents including Tawfeek Barhom and Bill Nighy, adding depth and gravitas to the eerie atmosphere that The First Omen successfully delivers.

Unexpected Success of R-Rated Horror Film The First Omen on Disney Plus

Positive Streaming Impact

The transition from box office to streaming has proven beneficial for The First Omen, which now enjoys a unique position among online viewers. The rise in its popularity on Disney Plus might just redefine how R-rated horror films find success post-theatrical release.

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