2009, Apporx. 123 Mins
Directed By: Jaume collet-Serra
Written By: Alex Mace & David Leslie Johnson
Vera Farmiga (The Departed)
Peter Sarsgaard (Flightplan)
Isabelle Fuhrman (Hounddog)
Karel Roden (Hellboy)
No Doubt About It. Orphan is the horror movie Horror fans MUST SEE!!
From the start, the horror comes. Through a nightmarish flashback, Kate Coleman (The lovely Vera Farmiga) and her husband John (Peter Sarsgaard)lose their 3rd child during its birth procedure. Kate and John are still grieving over their loss, with Kate being tempted to start heavily drinking again and John coveting another woman named Joyce.
Their 2 kids, their oldest son Daniel and their youngest daughter Max are both anxious at their parents new plan to help remedy their grief: Kate and John have decided that they're going to adopt a young girl from St. Marina's All Girl Orphanage.
That's when they meet the little 9 year old Russian girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman), and movie history is made!!
Esther is sweet, beautiful and very smart for her age. She is very thankful to the Colemans who welcome her into their home, except for Daniel (Who instantly goes out of his way to make enemies with her) Slowly, Kate begins to detect warning signs from her new daughter and fears that her family might be in danger. Especially after Esther's last adoptive family perished in a viscous house fire, a fire Esther barely escaped.
But with that, Esther is also very, VERY disturbed. She is manipulative, cunning and deadly. Esther is the type of movie villain who has no pity, remorse or morality when it comes to getting her way across. She raises the bar for "NOT to be messed with!!"
The movie itself is BRILLIANT and my personal favorite!! It's one of those movies that WILL blast you out of your seat and into the back wall of the living room!! Its rare for a movie of this caliber to come along, especially with all the horrid remakes and 3D movies coming out. This HAS to be one of the greatest horror films ever made!! Not to mention the TERRIFIC twist near the end, that you'll NEVER forget!! Ever!!
There SHOULD be a sequel to this!! They can go anywhere with such an outstanding villain they've created. There was even talk about continuing the story in graphic novel form!! (Please, Please, PLEASE!!)
DO yourself a favor and BUY this movie!! I guarantee you that by the end of it, little Esther Coleman will be burned into your memory.... Forever...
You'll See Esther Coleman in Your Nightmares, And She'll See You In HELL!!