Orphan: First Kill is a 2022 American horror film prequel to Orphan (2009) and stars a de-aged Isabelle Fuhrman as psychotic Esther.
Directed by William Brent Bell (Separation; The Boy and Brahms: The Boy II; Wer; The Devil Inside) from a screenplay written by David Coggeshall (The Haunting in Connecticut), based on a storyline by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (Aquaman; The Conjuring 2 and 3) and co-producer Alex Mace.
Also produced by Hal Sadoff, Ethan Erwin, James Tomlinson, and executive produced by Jen Gorton, Josie Liang, Victor Moyers, Kyle Irving, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, Daryl Katz, Chloe Katz and Paul Marcaccio.
The eOne and Dark Castle Entertainment production stars Isabelle Fuhrman, Rossif Sutherland (Possessor), Julia Stiles, Rossif Sutherland, Hiro Kanagawa, Matthew Finlan, Lauren Cochrane, Jade Michael, Samantha Walkes and Kristen Sawatzky.
After orchestrating a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility, Esther travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. Yet, an unexpected twist arises that pits her against a mother who will protect her family from the murderous “child” at any cost…
In the USA, Orphan: First Kill will be released theatrically in select locations, streaming on Paramount+ and On-Digital on August 19, 2022.
In the UK, Signature Entertainment will release the film exclusively in cinemas nationwide on the same day.
The premise of this belated prequel and Isabelle Fuhrman being de-aged seemed initially daunting. How could this go? Although it’s a mixed bag with some rather puzzling plot trajectories, Orphan: First Kill generally works and occasionally works well. It’s really creepy and definitely worth a watch. It’s crasser than the original but what did anyone expect from such an obvious late entry cash-in?
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA
Other reviews [may contain spoilers]:
“The prequel wants to shift allegiances and dial up the madness, leaning hard into a ‘90s thriller vibe. It fares the strongest when Stiles and Fuhrman play off each other, but it’s prone to sags in energy. First Kill injects plenty of camp and unhinged moments that’ll entertain, but it’s inconsistent.” 2.5 out of 5, Bloody Disgusting
“Orphan: First Kill actually replays the villains of the first film, making minor detours, thus leaving little room for the possibility of novelty. At the same time, these detours benefit the prequel, highlighting the fact that although Esther’s thirst for blood has not increased in 2022, her environment is now far from being as innocent as it was in 2009.” Filmtett [translated from Hungarian]
“Orphan: First Kill is eye-rolling schlock which is doubly frustrating considering the sentiment that both Orphan movies could have been so much more. The one saving grace is that Isabelle Fuhrman seems to be having a devilish blast, so it would be nice to find filmmakers that know what to do with this character.” Flickering Myth
“Is Orphan: First Kill better than the original Orphan? Nope. But it is a watchable prequel to those with patience and lowered expectations. It’s fun seeing Fuhrman do her grown-ass woman be a killer child thing again, so drink yourself a wonderfully prepared smoothie. You never forget your first… kill.” 3 out of 5, Noel Penaflor
” …generically follows the footsteps of its predecessor, whose “twist” cannot be matched, but let’s just say that not everything will be exactly as you expect. And that Esther may not be the only psycho in the film. “Nothing is just one thing”. Slobodna Dalmacija [translated from Croatian]
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