Sunday, August 16, 2009

253) Orphan (2009)

253) Orphan (2009) Dir: Jaume Collet-Serra Date Released: July 2009 Date Seen: August 15th, 2009 Rating: 1.5/5

A camp-fest that almost never shows signs of being a knowing self-parody and hence a very silly and inept film. See my solo live-tweeting of the film.


  1. IMO this is a bit harsh. Really though, I think I enjoyed it (relative to other recent horror) because it could have been much worse, and I think there was some intentional over-the-topiness going on. I mean, a nun, with a hammer, that's the biggest wink you can get.

  2. That's why I said "almost." I agree that were two or three times that I felt had to be knowing self-parody--the castration line--but it didn't go far enough for me to think much of it. Again, I feel the biggest sign of the film's pat, serious intentions is the way she's not a child demon but rather always acts like an adult child, which just isn't scary. That and the earnest representation of the family home as a fantastic bourgeois castle that the kid naturally has to shoot up by the films' end, which is foreshadowed in her "spooky" black-light drawing.