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The Orphan Killer is a tour de force murder flick that defies classification. It goes far beyond current trends in gore and breaks open a new suffering genre of horror. Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hellbent on teaching his estranged sister Audrey what it means to have family loyalty. His lessons are taught in massive doses of vulgar and unimaginable pain. Throughout her brutal torture we learn that Marcus is not the only Miller with Killer in the bloodline as Audrey proves to be a formidable adversary. Written by
Full Fathom 5 Productions
So i finally get down to doing this. Reading some of my own and others words lately i found out that once we've seen a movie we tend to discuss it at the past tense. The thing is that this particular film is still alive and well so this will be my bloody review for THE ORPHAN KILLER. It is an indie horror film, slasher mostly and judging by the first time i watched the trailer i was like: "WOW!", immediately sure that i would be in for one hell of a ride with this film. And boy is this statement weak to describe the film! As soon as this film starts, without giving any sort of warning, THE ORPHAN KILLER got me in the stomach and embarked me as 2 new faces in the horror universe: Marcus Miller and his baby Sister Audrey (Diane Foster) were entangled in a fight, what is often the most fun and interesting about this type of film! From the start, the story itself holds its ground and is intriguing as there's already enough displayed for the viewer to know about the main characters backgrounds, but also realize that it would be possible to expand on their mythology.
And with a team that has managed to do that much with the very little they had (Often proof that horror works somehow without the overuse of what a big budget could have provided.), what you see and what's told about, or by the Orphan Killer and/or his sister needed to stay somewhat intact Imo. In a way, i think that both characters made the film. From over the top murders to thrilling chase scenes, this one seems to have caught very well the most captivating essence of slashers. Add to this the really well made gore and other surprising make up effects? A haunting/Haunted murderer (Amazing work by Backus), able to both verbalize and demonstrate through his eyes and movements all of his intentions and you end up with a really fun ride through the whole thing.
Some of Marcus' brutal attacks are awesomely original, still this originality manages to be depicted through Matt Farnsworth's ideas about filmmaking with really well thought out ideas about the filming. And i think that it all paid off, considering that it is, most often what can stand out of a film like that with so little compared to the amount of slasher remakes we see in big theaters nowadays. And with a devastating score to go along with Marcus' ruthless agressions, this film came at a very right time for horror fans, proving that there is room for new faces, masks and names in our horror collections.
I just bloody enjoyed the film from start to finish despite very little flaws and Marcus seems to have done, like his peers in the universe, what Myers, Jason and Freddy for instance have manage to do. Only this time, one film seems to have been enough to captivate the audience for this aggressive and wounded, Christian-raised killer and he is just the antagonist part of this interesting new horror tale! The Orphan Killer has rallied a brutal family of horror fans and it still has the power to grow bigger from here on so this reviewer must thank and congrats Matt, Diane and the whole team behind the movie. Really thrilled, starving for more . Can't wait for what's to come! 8.5/10
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