Chances are if any of you are fans of the horror genre and use facebook, you may have heard of Marcus Miller. The Orphan Killer, first started making news for us in January. When this film just popped up one day and had all these reviews who said ” 11 out of 10″…” greatest horror film ever”. ” Move over Freddy and Jason”…all that talk. While I give this campaign major kudos, it got itself noticed but…I have to say, as a horror fan, if you are telling me this is such a classic, why are there no critics reviewing it? Marcus and crew seemed to have changed their tune, and now there are a few reviews coming up. I have been very vocal on podcasts, on websites and to anyone who will listen..if this film is a 11 out of 10 to me or even a 8, I will quit blogging and give up my computer. Well, the good news I will not be quitting today..but the bad news is..it was very close.
The Orphan Killer is quite possibly one of the better slasher films in the indie market right now in terms of good gore and bloodshed. The kills and torture was really well done. The story focuses around Marcus, and his baby sister Audrey. When he was 6 and she was 2, their parents were killed when they got robbed. They were sent to a home, where Marcus took his parents death harder than she did. He acted out and got more violent. The nuns punished him by making where this old theater mask and treating him like some sort of freak. While Audrey found a home and a family. Marcus took it hard and vowed revenge on her.
My problems with this film is the pacing and the use of the flashbacks. You get a great kill and some adrenaline going, and they whip up this flashback that made no sense. The music in some scenes did not fit…I would have loved less music and more mood of the characters and their emotions. Rather than loud music, or some female folk singer. The other negative, was the set up to the barb wire scene. Talk about something that was just dragged out getting to the point, and the conversation he has with his sister once he strings her up was just horrible.
This film make no mistake about it is very violent. If not towards adults, but kids and most importantly women. The dialogue is what you would expect in a low budget indie film. But, it is the gore and the killings..you want in a film like this..and those were not too bad. I would like to see a bigger budget part 2 and how they can build on the character and the story. All in all, the internet campaign alone deserves major points. They built a lot of interest in this film…And to think when I watched Cannibal Flesh Riot that Marcus Miller actor David Backus was one of the stars.
7 out of 10