Orphan is a psychological horror movie directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by David Leslie Johnson based on an Alex Mace story released in 2009. Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, C. C. H. Pounder, and Jimmy Bennett star in the movie. The plot revolves around a couple who adopt a strange nine-year-old girl after the death of their newborn child.
The movie is a joint venture between the United States, Canada, Germany, and France. Dark Castle Entertainment’s Joel Silver and Susan Downey, as well as Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian Way Productions, produced the film. The film’s principal photography took place in the Canadian cities of St. Thomas, Toronto, Port Hope, and Montreal.
Warner Bros. Pictures released Orphan in theatres in the United States on July 24, 2009. Critics commended the picture for its dark humor, shocks, and Fuhrman’s portrayal as Esther, but panned it for its formulaic storyline. Despite a $20 million budget, the film grossed $78 million worldwide.
Orphan was released on Blue-ray and DVD in the United States by Warner Home Video on October 27, 2009, and in the United Kingdom by Optimum Releasing on November 27, 2009. Deleted sequences and an alternate conclusion are included on the DVD. A public service message describes the issue of unwanted and unloved children in the United States and encourages domestic adoption in the first trailer. Orphan: First Kill, a prequel, is currently in development.
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