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The Orphan (1979)

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

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Cast

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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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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Version of Sredni Vashtar (1981) See more »

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I Need to Live Alone
Written and Performed by Janis Ian
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Great effort is obvious, but it doesn't work in the end
23 July 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Today, the all-but-forgotten movie "(Friday The Thirteenth) The Orphan" only rates as a footnote connected to the "Friday The Thirteenth" slasher series, since the producers of that film had to pay the producers of the earlier movie a fee to use the title. I had wanted to see the movie for years, but it was so obscure it was impossible to find. Finally, I found a copy at a thrift store, so I bought it and took it home. My verdict? Well, as I said in the summary line the people behind the movie were really trying. Despite the low budget, there are some good production values and skillful filmmaking techniques. The filmmakers also deserve kudos for not making this a simple exploitation film (though there are instances of blood and nudity), and were trying for a psychological kind of horror. However, the movie is pretty slow, even though the running time is only a little over seventy minutes. Maybe this could have been a good short film, but as it is it feels very padded. Still, there are much worse cinematic ways to take up your time.


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