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.
Director: Matt Farnsworth
Cast: Diane Foster, David Bachhaus, Karen Young, James McCaffrey, Matt Farnsworth
Review by Mrparka
“Orphan Killer" is a mean spirited slasher film that follows the story and origin of a mistreated orphan out for revenge against the catholic organization who abused him. Marcus Miller, better known in the film as the titular character “Orphan Killer,” targets his younger sister who was adopted and moved onto a decent life. Lucky for Marcus, his sister works at the orphanage, perfectly aligning with his revenge.
Let’s make no mistake about it, Orphan Killer’s main appeal and highlight is the gore. As far as modern day slashers are concerned, the red stuff flows heavy and the effects team uses some nice tricks. A prop screwdriver embedded into someone’s leg comes to mind. The soundtrack is pretty hard to remain uncritical towards, I personally am not a fan of metal music in films, and the score comes across as cringe worthy. The songs that blare during the chaos have the same style and rhetoric as our killer’s religious quips; these quips usually come before or after he hacks unlucky inhabitants of the film to pieces. These two points seem immature, even for a slasher, and are made worse when compared to the good effects and the few moments of solid camera work. The cinematography would suggest a higher production than most similar fair. The cinematography showcases some nice framing, in particular when our killer lurks and attacks. The ADR in the film makes some of the scenes unintentionally funny, a lot of the victims are dubbed and their mouths sync up poorly; in one scene, a nun throws her hands up in the air and yells about being quiet for fear of being killed. It would seem a lot of these characters are going out of their way to be murder victims. Our damsel in distress on the other hand does a solid job and carries her own weight with our madman, giving us someone to root for in a film that is mostly filled with meat to be sliced. At first glance someone might think a brother trying to kill his sister is too much like “Halloween” or that the whole religion creates monsters trope is a cheap cop out. I would mildly disagree with that sentiment; “Orphan Killer” is done with a little more finesse and style creating a rich history for our killer. We get glimpses into his legend being created and his current exploits without overdoing it or padding the runtime. The location plays nicely into the backstory and sets up some creepy moments and a scene inspired by “A Nightmare on Elm Street” with a young school girl jump roping. Finally, a slasher film would be hard to be complete without some T&A and “Orphan Killer” delivers, so you slasher fans can breathe now. That is, at least until the “Orphan Killer” rap plays over the credits and undoubtingly gets caught in your head.
The Orphan Killer DVD/Blu-Ray set is rounded out with a 90 minute behind the scenes, a couple trailers, and a music video. The behind the scenes includes some extra moments with the killer and a glimpse at the comic book. For fans of mean-spirited slasher films that don’t mind metal blaring throughout the film's runtime, they should enjoy “The Orphan Killer”.