Sonia Braga in the First Omen, Easter or religious movies
Sonia Braga in "The First Omen" Courtesy 20th Century Studios

MIAMI - This Easter, a new addition to "The Omen" franchise is set to captivate audiences. Titled "The First Omen," this prequel features iconic Brazilian actress Sonia Braga in a pivotal role. The sixth installment in this terror inducing series takes viewers back to the origins of its haunting narrative.

Though some might find the idea of delving into terror during a religious holiday a bit unorthodox, to say the least, it's important to remember that Easter weekend has a history of welcoming a variety of genres, including suspenseful thrillers, stories about Easter, religion, and even gory tales involving the Easter Bunny.

As you plan your Easter weekend—a time traditionally reserved for family gatherings, festive celebrations, and, of course, movie marathons—consider this an ideal opportunity to embrace a broad spectrum of films that embody the spirit of the season. From heartwarming to faith-inspiring, fun to romantic, and even thrillingly grotesque, there's a film to match every mood. This diverse cinematic palette ensures that your Easter entertainment will be as rich and varied as the holiday itself.

Easter movies for children

1. Hop - Peacock

An animation gem that brings a unique twist to the Easter Bunny legend, this film combines comedy, adventure, and a dash of sweetness, making it a delightful watch for the entire family.

2. Petter Rabbit - Prime Video

This adorable adaptation of the classic tale is filled with fun, frolics, and a touch of mischief, appealing to children and adults alike. If it becomes a family favorite, remember that there is a sequel.

3. Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade - Disney+

This animated adventure is a hilarious take on the Easter egg hunt tradition, ensuring a joyous and entertaining viewing experience for families.

4. The Dog Who Saved Easter - VIX (en español)

The story of an adorable, resourceful canine named Zeus, who becomes an unlikely hero when he spends Easter at a dog daycare and embarks on an adventure to thwart a burglary at the facility. This family-friendly movie combines humor, suspense, and a heartwarming tale of loyalty and bravery.

5. Yogi, the Easter Bear - Prime Video

In this animated adventure, Yogi Bear and his faithful companion, Boo-Boo, embark on a mission to rescue the kidnapped Easter Bunny and save the annual Jellystone Easter Jamboree from cancellation, blending Yogi's classic antics with a festive Easter spirit.

Easter movies for older families

6. Easter Sunday - Prime Video

This vibrant comedy revolves around a Filipino-American family, showcasing their humorous and heartwarming dynamics during an eventful Easter Sunday gathering. Set against the backdrop of family celebrations and cultural nuances, the film offers a delightful blend of laughter, familial bonds, and the rich tapestry of Filipino traditions, with the 2024 Golden Globes host Jo Koy, as its main star.

7. Easter Under Wraps - Peacock

This charming Hallmark Channel original movie follows the story of Erin, a corporate executive, who goes undercover in her family's chocolate factory. There, she discovers not only the secret to their unique Easter product but also finds unexpected romance, rekindling her passion for both her family's legacy and her own heart.

9. Rise of the Guardians - Apple TV

This animated adventure weaves together various childhood legends, featuring characters like Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny. In this magical tale, these beloved figures join forces to protect the innocence and imagination of children around the world from a looming darkness, offering a blend of action, fantasy, and heartwarming themes

10. Monty Python's Life of Brian - Netflix

This is a classic British comedy that satirically explores the life of Brian Cohen, a man born on the same day as, and next door to, Jesus Christ. Known for its sharp wit and irreverent humor, the film takes a comedic look at religious and historical topics, becoming a landmark in the comedy genre for its bold and humorous approach to sensitive subjects.

Religious or Bible-inspired Easter movies

11. The Prince of Egypt - Peacock

"The Prince of Egypt" is an epic animated film that presents the timeless tale of Moses, from his royal upbringing in Egypt to his destiny as the deliverer of his people. It beautifully blends stunning visuals and music, creating a powerful and inspirational portrayal of faith, courage, and destiny.

12. The Passion of the Christ - Prime Video and VIX (español)

For those seeking a more profound and reflective cinematic experience, this film offers a powerful portrayal of the events leading up to Easter, resonating deeply with its audience.

13. Risen - Prime Video

This film offers a unique perspective on the resurrection story, blending historical drama with a touch of mystery. It's a compelling choice for those interested in a different angle on the Easter narrative.

14. Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert - Prime Video

For a musical treat, this live concert film brings an iconic musical to life, blending rock music with the Easter story in a way that's both fresh and nostalgic.

The darker side of Easter

15.-The Conjuring Series - MAX

This film series offers a spine-tingling experience that will keep you hooked. It's perfect for those who prefer their Easter with a side of supernatural chills.

16. Easter Bunny, Kill! Kill! - Tubi

This offbeat and darkly comedic film caters to an audience that appreciates a more unconventional Easter movie, combining horror elements with a satirical twist.

17. The Bunnyman Masacre - Vudu

The realm of urban legends is at the center of this horror film that follows a group of friends who encounter a murderous, chainsaw-wielding man dressed in a rabbit costume. This chilling tale combines elements of slasher horror with a sinister twist on the Easter Bunny myth, creating a dark and unnerving cinematic experience.

18. Critters 2: The Main Course - YouTube

In this sequel, the carnivorous alien critters wreak havoc in a small town during Easter, with a particularly memorable scene involving an Easter egg hunt gone wrong.

19. Rottentail - Tubi

This horror-comedy is about a scientist who is accidentally transformed into a killer rabbit, combining the horror of genetic experimentation with Easter imagery.

20. The Omen Series - Hulu

This film series is a renowned collection of horror films centered around the chilling theme of the Antichrist. The series is known for its suspenseful, ominous storytelling, and has become a staple in the horror genre.

  1. "The Omen" (1976): The original film that started the series, it introduces the character of Damien Thorn, a young boy who is revealed to be the Antichrist. The film is acclaimed for its eerie atmosphere and dramatic plot.
  2. "Damien: Omen II" (1978): This sequel follows Damien as he grows into adolescence and begins to understand his destiny as the Antichrist. The film explores themes of power and destiny, with a continued focus on suspense and horror.
  3. "Omen III: The Final Conflict" (1981): In this installment, Damien is now an adult and must face the final confrontation prophesied between himself and the Christ figure. The film wraps up the original trilogy with a climactic battle between good and evil.
  4. "Omen IV: The Awakening" (1991): This made-for-television sequel introduces a female child, Delia, who is revealed to have a sinister connection to Damien Thorn. The film attempts to extend the legacy of the Omen series with a new protagonist.
  5. "The Omen" (2006): A remake of the original 1976 film, this version stays true to the original's storyline while updating its setting for a modern audience. It retains the dark and disturbing themes that made the original so compelling.
  6. "The First Omen": As part of the franchise, this film serves as a prequel, offering a backstory to the events that unfold in the original "The Omen." This one, you can watch on the movie theatre.

¡Happy Easter!

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