Horror movies are a strange phenomena. More often than not they can be pretty terrible and I'm sure there are plenty of fellow horror movie lovers that agree that it's common to judge a horror film by different criteria than you would normally use for a regular movie.
This past week I watched Orphan (2009) for the first time and I've been trying to decide if I enjoyed it by horror standards or just regular film standards and I haven't been able to make up my mind but enjoy it, I did.
Orphan follows the story of a married couple, who after loosing their third child before she was born, decide to offer their love to a child in need and adopt.
Of course it doesn't take long for the audience to realise there is something very wrong with the young girl this family have taken into their home and things escalate to a frenzy of violence and fear in no time.
The atmosphere of this film was brilliant. The level of tension, perfect. It got to a point where almost anything could have happened and I didn't feel like I would be surprised. In my mind, no one was safe.
Although I was ready to expect the unexpected with this movie, I still didn't quite see the inevitable twist coming and for me, that made all the difference.
If you're a horror film lover, I would give this one a try. The child person alone is enough to reap comparison's to horror classics like The Omen and The Exorcist.
Definitely worth a watch.