Release dateNovember 1, 2011 (2011-11-01) CastDiane Foster (Audrey), David Backus (The Orphan Killer), Matt Farnsworth (Mike), James McCaffrey (Detective Jones), John Savage (Detective Walker), Karen Young (Sister Mary) Similar moviesSpencer List appears in The Orphan Killer and Bereavement
TaglineTrue Pain is Screamless.
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The Orphan Killer is a 2011 independent horror film written and directed by Matt Farnsworth. It was produced by Farnsworth and Full Fathom 5. Farnsworth has stated that he has plans for sequels and a web series.
The film follows the life of two children who become wards of the state in New Jersey after a home invasion results in the murder of their parents. Having witnessed the murder, Marcus is forever changed. The siblings are sent to a Catholic orphanage where Audrey is subsequently adopted and Marcus is left behind. He suffers abuse at the hands of the caretakers and as a punishment is masked and exiled. Never forgiving his sister for abandoning him, Marcus returns to his sister's life many years later in adulthood, still masked, wanting to teach her a lesson.
Diane Foster as Audrey
David Backhaus as Marcus Miller
Matt Farnsworth as Mike
James McCaffrey as Detective Jones
John Savage as Detective Walker
Karen Young as Sister Mary
Charlotte Maier as Sister Constance
Spencer List as Young Marcus
Dana DeVestern as Young Audrey
Margot White as Jenny Miller
Mike Doyle as Marcus Miller Sr.
Ivan Martin as Jim
Karen Olivo as Angie
Matthew Arkin as Bob
Ezra Knight as Simon
Allison Salvetti as Ghost Orphan
Jon David Casey as Jerry
A limited test release of The Orphan Killer was distributed through Facebook. The film also premiered at the Sitges Film Festival, where it was shown in the Brigadoon section of the festival. The film was also shown at the 30th Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei. In Mexico, the film premiered in three different locations across the country at the Morbido Film Festival.
The film received an award at the Festival de Cine de Terror de Molins de Rei for "Best Picture". In Italy, director Farnsworth was honored with an Antonio Margheriti award at the Tohorror film festival for his work on the film. The award "symbolizes the birth of a new master creator in the genre and his monster".
Reception for the film has been mixed with Germany banning the film. HorrorNews.net said that the movie is "a return to classic horror with a lethal bang". Dread Central also reviewed the film, stating "It is a low-budget offering and often looks like it" but that "You're getting a new slasher, one with a lot of similarities to some of our favorite characters of the past, but with its own unique spin". Fangoria panned the film, writing that "these filmmakers had everything they needed to create something special, and simply chose to go the least interesting route". Meanwhile, Horrormovies.ca wrote, "This could be a franchise as big as Halloween and Friday the 13th".
The soundtrack for The Orphan Killer was released in February 2011 on the movie's Facebook page.
First Blood - First Blood
Affiance - Nostra Culpa
Asking Alexandria - Someone, Somewhere
Deception of a Ghost - These Voices
Anew Revolution - Head Against the Wall
This or the Apocalypse - Charmer
Most Precious Blood - A Danger to Myself and Others
A Bullet for a Pretty Boy - The Deceiver
Dawn of Ashes - Seething the Flesh in the River of Phlegethon
First Blood - Conflict
Born of Osiris - Follow the Signs
No Bragging Rights - Death of an Era
First Blood - Execution
Farnsworth announced plans for a sequel to The Orphan Killer shortly after the film's premiere in 2011. In an interview with Starburst magazine he stated that he had completed the scripts for a second and third films and that he planned to release a web series based upon the first film in 2013.