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The Orphan (1979)

 -  Horror  -  November 1979 (USA)
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A disturbed young man is plagued by horrific headaches that he believes make him commit murders.

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Credited cast:
Peggy Feury ...
Aunt Martha
Mark Owens ...
David
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Afolabi Ajayi ...
Akin
Stanley Church ...
Dr. Thompson
David Foreman ...
Percy Ford
Jane House ...
Jean Ford
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Toyman
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David's Mother
Eleanor Stewart ...
Mary
Donn Whyte ...
David's Father
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The film plots a child's descent into madness without the guiding forces of a benevolent adult. After the mysterious nasty death of both his Roaring '20s party animal parents, young David is left in the care of his prudish, restrictive aunt, who refuses to let him indulge in his adolescent instincts. Written by alfiehitchie

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Friday the 13th: The Orphan  »

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The producers of the Friday the 13th franchise, which began production shortly after this film was released, had to negotiate a settlement with this film's producers in order to use the title. See more »

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Don't Make Me Laugh
Written by Teo Macero & Carl Sigman
Performed by Judy Roberts
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Young boy's tormented psyche.
12 December 2010 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

After tragic death of his parents-the woman accidentally shots her husband and then herself-ten year old David is left in the care of Aunt Marta.His neurotic and soul-denying guardian lives a large estate mansion.She is a cruel woman.All the things David loved are gone:his hen,his dog and his relationships with African friend Akin and a servant woman Mary.David hates his Aunt and tries to destroy her.His sanity slowly deteriorates and he becomes a psychotic killer...Very sad and unusual horror film which offers plenty of psychological chills.The acting is uneven and there are only two murder scenes,so "The Orphan" is still neglected by horror fans.According to Stephen Thrower's "Nightmare USA" John Ballard's final cut was 110 minutes-the current version is missing around thirty minutes from the original cut.Fans of Bergman's "Persona" or "Fanny and Alexander" should give "The Orphan" a chance.8 orphans out of 10.


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