Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 11th, 2017
BluRay released: December 13TH, 2016
Approximate running times: 83 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese
BluRay Release: Reel Gore Releasing
Region Coding: Region Free / Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $34.95
Synopsis: After witnessing the gruesome deaths of their parents and narrowing surviving a similar fate. Two siblings are placed into an orphanage that takes care of children until they are adopted. One sibling adjusts to their new life, while her brother turns to violence. Not wanting the young boy to affect the other children at the orphanage, the nuns make him wear a scary mask and give him his own space away from the rest of the children. Flash forward, many years later the young boy and has become a man who still remains trapped at the orphanage. Then after many years of silence he breaks from those who have held him captive and searches for his long-lost sister. Determined and filled with rage, he will kill anyone who gets in his way!
Going into this film I had mixed emotions about it? From the promotional clips that I had seen it looked like you’re by the books body count Horror film. To my surprise, the end result is a film that had a lot more flesh to its bones, then I originally thought it would.
The premise of two siblings essentially suffering the same initial fate and only one of them coming out of it mentally fractured is ripe with possibilities. One sibling gets a clean slate and moves on from their traumatic past, while the other remains in a living hell the further contributes to killings tendencies.
From a production stand point this film far exceeds its resources. And nowhere is this more evident than when it comes to carnage related moments. These moments deliver and then some when it comes to gore. Another area where this film holds its own is its lean narrative and this film has a deliberate pacing that helps reinforce the mood of the film.
Performance wise, the entire cast are best described more than adequate in their respective roles. With this film two main characters, David Backus in the role of “The Orphan Killer” and Diane Foster in the role of Audrey, “The Orphan Killer’s” long lost sister.
Though the killer achieves his goal of reuniting with his sister. Their reunion is unconventional since he is a man of few words or should I say grunts. Fortunately this film’s final act throw’s in one final twist which makes the conclusion at the more satisfying.
The Orphan Killer comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The source used for this transfer is in great shape and this is a well authored release that faithfully retains the intended look of the film.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD mix in English and a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes sound, clean, clear, balanced and robust when they need too. With the thrash metal soundtrack benefiting most from this audio mix. Included with this release are four subtitle options, Spanish, French, Italian and Japanese.
Extras for this release include, a Reel Gore collectors’ cards for The Orphan Killer, a Slideshow, a teaser (28 seconds) and a trailer for the film (3 minutes 11 seconds), a brief segment titled Head Against the Wall (1 minute 43 seconds) and a “Making of” documentary titled Behind the Murder (89 minutes 29 seconds).
Content wise, the extra titled Behind the Murder is a collection of onset footage and a few comments from the actor who played the killer.
Also, included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release.
Overall The Orphan Killer gets a solid release from Reel Gore Releasing.