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I saw this on cable years back. Orphan seems like it will be a bit like this and if it is I don't wanna see it. This movie was too violent and twisted for my liking.
OK, so here's the thing; this movie is kind of repellent, rather stupid but also pretty effective. Basically a twist on The Stepfather with a prepubescent psycho at the center,who just wants to be loved. It's not nearly smart enough to be a full-on satire of the thriller genre, but there are hints underneath of a more thoughtful (or more intellectually scathing) film.
As it stands, the production is totally amateur hour stuff and hopelessly mired in early 90's kitsch. Performances are all over-the-map, but there are patches where things really work - the drippy adoptive father, Bissett as the good-natured "bad-girl" next door. Even Bonsall is oddly endearing at times. But the script feels the need to fall back onto rote thriller tropes and turns the tyke into a quip-happy kill machine and the adults, who have been blissfully ignorant of Mikey's behavior, lose all brain function in the last 10 minutes in order to execute the last reel blood bath. Pity that.
Still for what it is, it kinda works.
Fun kid-from-hell movie is entirely predictable but is saved by a game cast (gotta love Ashley Laurence) and some solid death scenes. The ending doesn't completely make sense (the skeleton in the house?!) but the movie held my attention and made me want to kill the little boy. Also, I admire horror movies that aren't afraid to kill off children. So there ya go.
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