One of my favourite horror films of recent years was the underrated ORPHAN, that contained a memorable twist which since its reveal has been embraced by horror fans.
The film itself gave a story that had a beginning, middle and an end, so it came as a huge surprise when it was announced that William Brent Bell (The Boy) is helming a prequel to the tale and that original star Isabelle Fuhrman is reprising her role as Esther.
Now Julia Stiles who stars in the movie has been talking to Collider Ladies Night and believes that the much anticipated film will surprise viewers just as much as the original. Here is what she said:
“I do not watch horror movies and when I was sent the script for it I was like, ‘I don’t know. I’m not into that genre.’ And I was also really worried about going back to work after COVID. And the script was so dang good, I couldn’t put it down and I was so surprised by the twist that I’m not gonna give away that I think you’ll like it,” Stiles explains to the show.
It’s incredibly psychological. I’m not really interested in blood and gore. I find it gross, but I don’t find it really scary. What I find scary is the stuff that happens up here. And Isabelle Fuhrman’s character, Esther – although she has multiple names, Leena, I don’t know – it’s just such a fascinating – especially now because she’s a grown-up. She’s 23 now playing the same part. It’s just such a fascinating sociopathic character, along the lines of why Norman Bates was so interesting to watch.”
While we have no release date, we do have a synopsis:
In Orphan: First Kill, “Leena Klammer (aka Esther) orchestrates a brilliant escape from an Estonian psychiatric facility and travels to America by impersonating the missing daughter of a wealthy family. But Leena’s new life as “Esther” comes with an unexpected wrinkle and pits her against a mother who will protect her family at any cost.”