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Orphan: First Kill

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Blood and gore in surprisingly clever horror prequel.

Movie R 2022 99 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Just No!

Not a good movie, very disappointed , should not have made a prequel as the girl is obviously older and a teenager. Should hire a writing staff and think up a story and plot.
age 14+

14 and up should be okay to view

Orphan: First Kill was quite entertaining and kept us interested the whole time. I went to see this in the cinema with my 14 year old son and he could handle it fine. There was a bit of bloody violence where characters were stabbed and hit with objects but it was nothing horrifying and the violence was equivalent to all the shooter and fighting games that these kids are playing nowadays. There is one brief sexual encounter but nothing inappropriate is shown. Some swearing is present but it wasn’t excessive and some drug use was included where teens are drinking and smoking at a party. Overall, I believe that teens 14 and up should be fine viewing this film if they are mature enough to handle a bit of violence.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Thanks to a clever flip of the script, some inventive filmmaking techniques, and a ghoulishly strong performance by Fuhrman, this horror prequel surpasses the original. Orphan: First Kill shouldn't have been possible. The original Orphan was made when Fuhrman was 12. She played the 33-year-old Esther, stuck in a 9-year-old's body, and pulled it off with supreme creepiness. Here, she's 25 and shouldn't be able to play the role anymore, but director William Brent Bell and his crew came up with camera angles, make-up, and lighting, as well as some VFX, to make her look almost the same. It helps, of course, that Fuhrman has the skill to pull this off.

The movie asks viewers to believe that Leena/Esther would stay at the Albright house due to her feelings for her "father." It's a bit of a leap, but Fuhrman suggests how tenderly Esther might receive his kindness -- and how she might hunger for more -- and she bridges the gap. If Orphan: First Kill had been just another psycho-slasher movie, it wouldn't have been worth the bother, but writers David Coggeshall, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, and Alex Mace cooked up a sly angle that tackles issues of White privilege and asks viewers to question what a monster might really look like. The original movie was a dull slog through horror clichés, but this prequel, while still somewhat conventional, is worth adopting into your video library.

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