Slow burning, but worth enduring.

Clearly, given the ongoing flood of infant-horror films (The Children, The Orphanage), this decade’s primary fear is that our kids will eat us in our sleep.

Orphan, quite possibly the most OTT Omen redux since The Suckling (1990), at first appears to fall in line with standard creepy-killer-kid fare.

Esther (tweenager Isabelle Fuhrman, a perfect fit for the role), the parentless tot of the title, is an impossibly precocious nine-year-old Russian who first charms, then terrorises, her new adopted family (Peter Sarsgaard, Vera Farmiga).

Director Jaume Collet-Serra flogs a lot of the same slasher-gags – and clichés – he learned from his House Of Wax remake, but it’s the uproarious twist that will land this one in the horror hall of fame/shame.

There’s a lot of slow burn to endure in the first hour, but the payoff is one of the most batshit crazy finales in recent memory.

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    • hughjass1970

      Aug 10th 2009, 23:16


      Saw this today and really enjoyed it, in a shamed to admit it way. Furhman is superb as Esther, with her performance in one of the key scenes towards the end, extremely disturbing and betraying her years. Great twist! Madder than a bag of frogs!

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    • captainchod

      Jan 19th 2010, 12:38


      Takes quite a while to get going, but it is worth sticking through if you can be bothered - the twist is a bit mental and Furhman is very creepy.

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