Blogger Talk: Orphan by Melanie Noell Bernard

bloggertalk-1Sci-Fi & Scary is giving the floor to other bloggers once again! This month we’re going to bringing you a selection of awesome bloggers who are going to talk about their favorite horror movies or favorite horror movie characters. For this 2nd entry, you’re going to be hearing from Melanie Noell Bernard from 

Orphan – My Favorite Horror Movie

by Melanie Noell Bernard

Some people like horror movies and some people don’t. I’ve never been that person who likes horror movies because I don’t see the entertainment in shock factor, which is what most horror movies are nowadays. Either that or they go for as gory as possible. While I don’t mind gore, I like a reason for it. It needs to enhance the plot and I don’t always see the plot in horror movies. Perhaps that’s why I’m not a big fan. With that being said, though, there is one horror movie that I found really enjoyable and would consider to be my favorite. That movie is ‘Orphan’.orphan

Now, if you’re unfamiliar with Orphan it’s about a little girl who is adopted by a young family after they lose a child of their own. With the addition of the new child, Esther, the family is now complete at five. However, Esther isn’t your typical, cheery, innocent child and not because she’s an orphan. Rather there is something very strange in the way she behaves, very unchildlike, and this is sprinkled throughout the movie. These hints act more like a mystery than a horror, but the ending of the movie squarely sits this movie in the realm of horror.

The reason why I like this movie is likely because it isn’t a stereotypical horror movie. It leans more on plot than thrill factor and gore. As such, it draws the viewer in by using intrigue. The entire movie is spent wondering who the little girl is, what she’s doing, and why she acts so strange. Of course, when her dark nature comes out, more questions start to arise: Is she human? Who is she? What child could do this?

By the end of the movie, we find out that {{SPOILER: Highlight the blank area to reveal the text if you don’t mind seeing plot details revealed:  Esther is not a child, but a middle-aged woman. She’s not an orphan, but an escaped asylum resident. Not just that, but she has an affinity towards the man of the house, her adoptive father, which is why she tries to kill the other children and drives a wedge between the mother and father. }} Quite strategically, I might add. But what this whole movie comes down to is giving into the ID side of the brain. Esther {{SPOILER:  wants the man in the house}}. So she removes her competition. Simple as that.

Don’t get me wrong. This movie is twisted. It’s all kinds of screwed up, which is definitely why it can fit in the realm of horror. I think the plot is what sets it apart from other horror movies for me. As I’ve stated before, I like the movie because it engages my brain. I’m not just waiting for the person to jump out. I’m trying to understand their motives and figure out who they are before we even get to the part where the person jumps out with a knife and a crazy gleam. Maybe I just expect more out of movies that just the thrill factor. Maybe I need to be more engaged so as not to lose interest. Whatever the case, I have to say ‘Orphan’ is my favorite horror movie.

And I want to thank Lilyn for asking me to guest post on her blog! I’m very excited to help out, especially when it has to do with Halloween! ^.^

 Check out the trailer for Orphan, if you haven’t already seen it.

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