Monday, 18 February 2013
The Orphan Killer (2011).
What a movie. What a title. It's been a long time since I've witnessed a screen killer with as much anger as Marcus Miller. He is totally relentless in his butchery. Written, produced and directed by Matt Farnsworth (who also plays Mike in the movie) The Orphan Killer brings to life the story of brother and sister Marcus and Audrey Miller, who were raised in an orphanage after their parents were brutally murdered in a robbery at the family home, while the children hid away in a bathtub, but inadvertently, Marcus witnessed the killing of his parents.
While at the orphanage, Marcus becomes overly protective of his sister, which doesn't sit too well with the Nuns, who subject him to beatings, isolation and even going as far as making him wear a mask to show all the other children how much of a monster he is. Audrey gets adopted not long after arriving at the orphanage, but Marcus stays there at the mercy of the Nuns and because Audrey is so young, she forgets about her older brother.
But Marcus has escaped his confinement and returns to the orphanage to take his revenge.
This film is brutal as hell. It has been a long while since I have witnessed a movie filled with so much anger, so much hate. And you know what? It works so well. Not only do you have your slasher villain, and gory deaths, there are also some amazingly brutal torture scenes, and a story of family love to tie it all together.
The directors distaste for religion shines through too, which is always a good thing. More intelligent than your average slasher movie, and with so much emotion it's difficult for this movie not to leave an impression on you!!
The killer is intimidating, bordering on the lunatic, and is played with absolutely no restraint at all. Which is definitely a plus in this slasher fans book. And, yes, Marcus Miller is a masked killer like we have all seen many times before, but this killer verbalizes his intentions and his thoughts, making us hear his twisted ideals, which in my opinion, made him all the more scary.
All in all, a shocking piece of cinema, and one that most all horror fans out there would enjoy. But don't say i didn't warn you. The ride isn't pleasant. But when has horror ever been pleasant?
Many thanks to Matt Farnsworth for providing a screener for this amazing piece of cinema.