Written By: Matt Farnsworth
Directed By: Matt Farnsworth
Starring: Diane Foster, David Backus, Matt Farnsworth
Synopsis: ...Marcus Miller is a serial murderer hell-bent on teaching his estranged sister Audrey what it means to have family loyalty. His lessons are taught in massive doses of vulgar and unimaginable pain. Throughout her brutal torture, we learn that Marcus is not the only Miller with killer in the bloodline as Audrey proves to be a formidable adversary. (IMDB)
The Orphan Killer
Had a Mom,
Had a Dad
Watched 'em die
and then went mad
When Marcus and Audrey Miller were children, they witnessed the heinous act of their parents being murdered during a home invasion. They were taken to an orphanage, where Audrey thrived and Marcus did not. Fast forward to the present, Audrey now works for the orphanage, and Marcus is on a mission to make her suffer, taking the lives of those who are anywhere within reach.
I liked The Orphan Killer (played fearlessly by David Backus) as a slasher. He's merciless. He's brutal. He swings his weapons with angst and fury seldom seen in slasher films. His presence brings on a sense of impending doom whenever he corners his prey. The fact that he's got dialogue, is a little spin on the genre as we are used to masked madmen who are wired only to hack! slash! and chop! Marcus Miller is a killer with absolutely no mercy or remorse, his brutality reminiscent of Rob Zombie's version of Michael Myers. A killing machine with a bad ass mask and the drive to cease the existence of those he comes in contact with.
The religious angle Farnsworth worked into his project was kind of neat too. Abusive nuns and darker undertones of evil within religion provided a solid back story and insight as to why Marcus is the way he is. You see his cracked foundation and can understand him. He's structured with reason as opposed to nothing, like his comrades in masks. Besides-it's a movie that touches on religion that isn't about kids being molested OR exorcisms... kind of cool.
That being said, I found the lack of character development forgivable on the grounds of it being a slasher movie. There's a formula... mask, weapon, sex, dead bodies. Who REALLY cares about anything else? Farnsworth sticks to it and shines here. He created a monster and doesn't shy away on the death scenes. They're vicious with copious amounts of blood, and the effects are good enough to appease your inner bloodhound. When Miller is doing what he does best, the score fuels the situation. Heavy guitar riffs add to the intensity and almost gives it the feel of an adrenaline rush. That's the backbone of this movie and the reason it's got a spot in my collection.
If you're looking for a movie with a lot of depth and substance, turn on the Hallmark channel. But if you have an insatiable hunger for blood and violence, and a love for mask wearing maniacs, then watch this. It'll leave you satisfied.