With a name like The Orphan Killer, one would be quick to assume the worst. Visions of a masked serial killer raiding an orphanage is enough to deter most viewers. However, this one is not that. Brought to Blu-ray courtesy of Reel Gore Releasing, this indie horror film features some intensely satisfying blood and gore, and has a more satisfying story behind it than you might think.
The Orphan Killer isn’t a man who wants to go kill all the orphans in the world, but is, in fact, an orphan himself. At age 6, Marcus and his younger sister Audrey were sent to the orphanage after their parents were killed in a robbery.
Naturally, Marcus acts out, as one would expect from a young boy who’s gone through a tragic ordeal. However, instead of the support he should be getting, he instead gets lashed to hell and basically tortured. He even gets a fancy mask that is scary as hell. You know, typical orphan treatment, right?
But let’s be honest, the story is not what you are coming for with this movie. What you want out of a movie called The Orphan Killer is gory, satisfying kills, and a badass killer. So do you get that?
Yes, yes you do. The killer’s true intentions are telecast early on, but even so, the kills are unique, and oh so bloody. I was surprised at how well this was done, as it’s an indie horror that I’ve never heard of. In fact, this movie probably has the best kills in it out of any horror I’ve seen in recent memory.
The acting can be a bit spotty, but that is to be expected for an indie horror. The characters are quite interesting and fairly dynamic, though. Having said that, there are a couple in there that you just can’t wait to be maimed…
In the end, if you are a slasher fan I’m willing to bet you’ll be satisfied by The Orphan Killer. Even though it doesn’t bring anything new to the table, it’s an entirely competent gore fest, and it’s a fun ride.
In terms of visual and audio quality, I was quite surprised. The effects and blood and gore all look great, even though at times they can be obviously props, they are still satisfying as can be. Also, this film spends a lot of time in the dark, and details are surprisingly well defined. I’ve seen so many of these smaller budget horror films that look bad on Blu-ray, but this is definitely not one of them.
The sound effects are similarly well done. Blood oozing, axe sinking into skin, and deaths creams all sound so good on this 5.1 Master Audio track. I was quite happy with the sound overall, it was exciting to listen to, and nothing got lost in the mix.
- Behind the Killer – Exclusive Video Diary
- Music Clip
The Orphan Killer has come to Blu-ray thanks to new boutique distributor, Reel Gore Releasing. This set comes in a standard two disc amaray case with a matching sleeve and slipcover (the latter on a nice glossy stock). Inside you will find the Blu-ray and DVD copies of the film and a collector card with a half naked lady on it (for that extra zing, I suppose).
Slasher fans should definitely watch this film. I don’t think The Orphan Killer will get anywhere near as much recognition as it should. It’s fun and gory as hell, and we always need more of that.
You can purchase it here on Amazon.
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