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The original movie poster the Orphan shows a creepy image of Esther.

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The original movie poster the “Orphan” shows a creepy image of Esther.

“Orphan” a gory and ludicrous movie

With Halloween quickly approaching, October is a month of many festivities. One of the most popular activities during “spooky” season would be watching horror movies. As a lover of scary movies, I watch horror films every night during the season, and one of my favorite is “Orphan” a gory and ludicrous movie.


“Orphan” a 2009 film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by David Leslie Johnson.  As one of the best physiological movies, the movie was released in theaters on July 24, 2009, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is an international co-production between the United States, Canada, Germany, and France. Produced by Joel Silver and Susan Downey of Dark Castle Entertainment, and Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way Productions. Furthermore, the movie grossed $78 million worldwide against a $20 million budget.

The movie run time is 123 minutes and is rated R for “disturbing violent content, some sexuality, and language.” The movie falls under the genre of horror, thriller, and suspense. As well as physiological thriller and mystery.

The movie was nominated for many Fright Meter Awards in 2009. Orphan won the “Fright Meter Award,” “Best Actress” for Isabella Fuhrman, and “Best Screen Play.”


After losing the child during pregnancy, Kate (Verga Farminga) and John (Peter Sarsgaard) decide to look into adoption. While each of them spent a lengthy time at the orphanage, both felt drawn to a girl named Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman). Soon they realize that Esther would be a perfect addition to their family and invite her into their home. However, within a few days of Esther’s stay, things go wrong. A series of dangerous and awkward events begin to unfold and make the family weary of Esther. Kate begins to suspect that there is something evil behind the child’s exterior.


Common Sense Media rates it for 18 plus. “Parents need to know that Orphan is a gory horror movie centers on extremely violent, sexual acts carried out by a 9-year-old girl. While the film’s ultimate twist negates some of the queasy, sleazy feeling that comes from watching this kind of material, the bulk of the movie revolves around the shock value of seeing a child doing horrible things.”

The India Times loves the movie as well. “Absolutely loved this film. The balance was right and the twist at the end with Esther being a woman was pure genius. Never expected that. It was a real shocker. Good job.”

All in all, I recommend this movie for a more mature audience. With vulgar language and scenes, I don’t believe this movie is equipped for a younger audience. Keep in mind there are many jump scares and scenes that can be creepy for those who don’t particularly like horror films. Furthermore, since the movie is rated R, it is recommended that anyone under the age of 17 is accompanied by an adult. The movie is not only on Netflix but, it’s free on Xfinity On-Demand and $3.99 on Amazon Prime. Though as a lover of scary movies, I watch horror films every night during the season, and one of my favorite “Orphan” a gory and ludicrous movie.

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