Directed by Matt Farnsworth
When I decided to watch and review The Orphan Killer for TDBS I had originally planned to give it a quick, fast & furious review in our B-view section since while it is not really a B movie it is most definitely still in the underground even with the ever growing group of fans that help push and promote it. I also have to admit that I’m not always the biggest fan of the “slasher” films. Sure films like the original John Carpenter’s Halloween and the first two Friday The 13th were excellent and really ushered in the entire Slasher genre that followed, obnoxiously so through the 80s. So I admit I went into The Orphan Killer with fairly low expectations since as I stated the slashers don’t always do much for me these days. But I was gladly impressed with what Director Matt Farnsworth was able to do with a small budget production and the lovely Diane Foster (also a producer on the film) made it a very worthy watch.
So you’re probably thinking Feind is off on a tangent again and well I am but hey, you’re still reading so deal with it. But anyway the movie itself… I hate to call The Orphan Killer “low budget” as that term has such a negative connotation so I’d rather use the term micro-budget which is really more accurate. I’ve seen many excellent micro-budget films especially when it comes to horror and many leave me pleasantly surprised, The Orphan Killer ended up being one of them. Now you might think I’m just blowing smoke to gain the support of the TOK family that has helped this film thrive without outside backing and while I’d love the support of the TOK family I have to be honest here or you will all think that Cult & I are just whores who will say anything to get you to sleep with us, to use a sexual metaphor. We aren’t, so I’m being honest when I say I went in expecting to probably not really like The Orphan Killer and finished as yet another of its many supporters. Is it the best film I’ve ever seen? Of course not but it was far from the worst and all I really kept thinking while watching it was, “I wonder what these guys could do with a real budget.” That is very much a compliment.
Once Marcus/The Orphan Killer (David Backus) gets his mitts on Audrey he decides she needs a baptism of pain. He binds her with barbwire and her lesson in pain begins. Story wise I’m with The Orphan Killer all the way. The reason I would like to see Farnsworthhave a little better budget to work with is solely for some better FX work. I’m really not knocking the FX work done in TOK as it is apparent that it’s done by someone newer and young which is perfectly fine. Good FX is an art so it will improve. Some of the kills and gore that Farnsworth goes for may be deemed over the top to a novice but I honestly didn’t think were too much at all, though admittedly I love a little gore. Watching TOK and knowing that every aspect of the film will improve as these young filmmakers, artists and actors move forward in their careers makes me look forward to the eventual sequel which is something I really can’t say for most pure slasher films which The Orphan Killer now proudly stands in the ranks of, next to Jason, Micheal, Freddy etc. I do have one actual complaint but it is honestly a minor point and that is the music. Don’t get your panties in a bunch the music by Bullet Tooth is excellent, my only minor complaint is where and how it is used at times as it didn’t always match what was happening on the screen at certain moments. Again this is a minor complaint so send your hate mail to Idontgiveafuck@eatshit.com