Reviews: Gore Orphanage

Sarah reviews one of the most anticipated horror films of 2015.

"Bitch, I said
 I wanted Trix."
If Gore Orphanage could be judged solely on its click-bait type luring, it'd win by a land slide. Seriously, something like Gore Orphanage just whips itself around you and pulls you in. And for that they should be given every award known to man for generating that kind of intense gravity. And very fortunately with this film (and even though the story is actually based on true events of an orphanage in Vermilion, OH) it might just play a quick game of emotional tug-of-war with you, the watcher.
The story is set in 1930's with the presence of a doe-eyed (Emma Leigh Smith) who is merely a reactor to the world around her which is now the Gore Orphanage. Her expressions are stoic but at times truly intentional to serve their purpose of Smith's delivery of Nellie. Camera angles are decently spread between close-up shots of each character, almost singling them out for the viewer, and then later blending them all together so you don't miss a beat.
The beginning and end are laid in between the actual story line, almost giving off a Rocky Horror Picture Show-esque type of vibe. The portrayed villain here is Mrs. Pryor, played by a fantastically on-point Maria Olsen. She has a heavy hand over the orphanage, somewhat close to Jessica Lange's portrayal of Constance in season one of American Horror Story. The similarities end there though and any brief moment of suspense that comes trickling in almost seems to be a few scenes off cue. It's the type of downside that you just take with a grain of salt, because by now you're just thoroughly invested in the whole package. You just can't shut it off.
"No more breakfast for you!"
Speaking from a horror standpoint this film doesn't create the type of suspense you would expect but doing a mere switch from horror to thriller might actually do wonders on the type of reception this gets. It's genuinely entertaining from whatever genre we eventually decide this fits in. It gives you  more than you thought you would get from something that calls itself Gore Orphanage (which, after doing some further research I found that the name Gore was actually the name of the road, and was a surveyor error in naming it, not named after blood or tissue). Knowing all of this, the film actually gives a great overall delivery of the story coming to life. Change it to a “cult comedy” in the genre section and see the positive reactions come flooding in.


-Sarah Shafer

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