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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Blu-ray Review: THE ORPHAN KILLER (2011)


Written and Directed by:  Matt Farnsworth

If you haven't run across a mention of THE ORPHAN KILLER on facebook, I would be very surprised.  I have seen many horror fans talking about this film online (esp. on facebook) and I finally got a chance to see what everyone was talking about.  THE ORPHAN KILLER has been hyped up to be a "New Horror Icon"...well, I had  my doubts to be honest, that is a huge statement to live up to.  Luckily, I was not disappointed in any way and I have to agree that THE ORPHAN KILLER is here to stay, and could someday be seen along the likes of Jason, Freddy, and Leatherface when it comes to discussions about the greatest horror movie killers. Before I go any further, here is the basic plot synopsis from imdb.com:

The Orphan Killer is a tour de force murder flick that defies classification. It goes far beyond current trends in gore and breaks open a new suffering genre of horror. Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hellbent on teaching his estranged sister Audrey what it means to have family loyalty. His lessons are taught in massive doses of vulgar and unimaginable pain. Throughout her brutal torture we learn that Marcus is not the only Miller with Killer in the bloodline as Audrey proves to be a formidable adversary.

Ok, lets get the technical aspects out of the way first.  The film was shot very well and looked crystal clear on my Blu-ray edition of the film.  The cinematography for this film is amazing for a lower budget film such as this.  The acting in this film was excellent as well, especially that of Diane Foster who plays Audrey.   She very convincingly portrays real terror while she is in her torture scenes.  
The film is timed perfectly, and director Matt Farnsworth packs a lot of action into the film's quick 84 minute run time.   There are never any slow or dull moments in this film.  It is non stop brutal action from the time you hit play until the time the credits role.  The back story of the killer is explained nicely through a series of flashbacks to when Marcus and Audrey were kids in the orphanage. This was a cool way to see why Marcus is the killer he is today.

Ok, now on to the good stuff....the plot synopsis tells you that the film "goes far beyond current trends in gore".  That my friends, is a major understatement.   The gore in this film is over the top and goes far beyond what we are used to seeing in today's "gore" films.   Some of these effects could make Tom Savini jealous!  You will know what I am talking about when you see the machete to the face scene.....grisly, grotesque, and just amazingly well done.  The blood flows freely in this film, so you gore hounds will not be disappointed in any way!   

The film is available now through THE ORPHAN KILLERS facebook store and will only be available in this edition for a limited time.  This is a test market release and the film will be widely distributed at a later time.  Both the DVD and Blu-ray come with a soundtrack CD of the film and both CD and Blu-ray are unrated and region free. This version of the DVD and Blu-ray is sure to be a collectors item, so don't hesitate to get a copy of this asap!

CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to visit THE ORPHAN KILLER online facebook store to purchase the DVD or Blu-ray
CLICK HERE to visit the official ORPHAN KILLER facebook fan page


  1. Matt Farnsworth nailed this!! Bloody, Brutal, and full of gore. The acting, editing, and camera angles were killer. I cant say more than that. Long live TOK. Long live Marcus Miller the Orphan KILLA

  2. I bought the DVD with the soundtrack. The soundtrack just rocks! And the film speaks for its self. Loved every second of the film. Keeps you on edge. And keeps you hanging.... wonder if there will be TOK 2?

  3. This is one of the best reviews I have read to date regarding The Orphan Killer.
    I found TOK's page on Facebook months ago and was instantly hooked.
    I bought the dvd and was amazed with its content.
    Matt Farnsworth, Diane Foster-Farnsworth and NEVER forgetting the perfectly casted David Backus, as Marcus Miller, make a sensational team.
    Matt takes movies to the next level both on and off set.
    Everyday there are interactions with the fans and himself on Facebook and this alone makes being a fan worthwhile.
    Over the past few months a small film on a small site has exploded on the festival scene - now many major film festivals are showing his movie and the ratings are going through the roof.
    TOK 2 definitely seems to be a thing of the future with whispers Matt may take it even further than that.
    ANYONE who loves the old retro slash/gore horror movies must give this film a viewing.
    A perfect 10/10 for a brilliant film and the genius minds behind it.

  4. I love love love the brutality of this film it is so bloody gorey and every murder and torture scene is so real you could be there holding a weapon too, Audreys pain is so realistic you wouldnt be surprised if it was really happening to her, As for the soundtrack that really does kick ass, my speakers are always getting punished by it, i agree with all the others reviews so all i am left to say is Bring on TOK 2 and let the blood flow

  5. I am obviously not the only one that dug this film! Great comments everyone! And thanks Mike for the awesome compliment! I dont' see how their could not be a TOK2...I know I want to see more of Marcus Miller for sure!!

  6. This movie apparently was the official selection of several film festivals, and the cover shows one critic describing Marcus as "the new legendary slasher". This movie is far from legendary, but it's a decent way to kill some time.