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The Orphanage
Topic by: doozer
Posted: May 29, 2008 - 1:06 AM PDT
Last Reply: May 31, 2008 - 11:28 PM PDT

author topic: The Orphanage
doozer
post #1  on May 29, 2008 - 1:06 AM PDT  
I know some have seen it, but I can't recall if it was really ever discussed.

Gather round the campfire of DOOM kids while I tell you why Doozer can never watch a horror movie after the sun goes down.

It was a really good creepy and evocative movie with NO GORE! I love that. I'm sick of movies thinking they need to get all goretastic on me just to accomplish fright. I love horror films that leave how scared I am up to me. The Orphanage did a great job in letting me build it up myself. It interacted with my imagination quite nicely.

At first I thought it started off slow. I don't know if it's just me but I was seriously checking the clock on the DVD player wondering when something scary was going to happen. Little did I know, it snuck up on me. There was an underlying creepyness factor within the first 5 minutes - it just had to build up.

I know it's not very nice of me to say but I'll risk it seeing as I doubt there are any children perusing GreenCine: children creep me out. So when there are children that I can't see running around doing things that I can't control, it's a double whammy.

What I didn't expect was the aforementioned evocativeness. This might be one of the few horror movies that made me both hide under the blanket, and behind a tissue. I'm not a cryer at movies, but the ending hit my soft spot like a dentist grinding your cavity with that pointy thing saying "DOES IT HURT??"..it's not a weepy movie by any means, but it still hit me in a way I didn't expect.

Now honestly I know the difference between *scary movie and reality. But I am a glutton for punishment and I like to scare myself. I like to ask myself during movies "what on earth would I do if I saw/did/heard something like that..how would I react?". Suffice it to say, The Orphanage gave me good fodder to work myself up with. At the end of the movie when I was walking back to my room in my huge dark house - one of my roommates AIM alerts (the moo) went off in the dead silence and my heart dropped into my stomach. A split second later another roommate popped out from the shadows and "boo!"'d me. The profanity that fell out of my mouth would have made a mafia pirate hooker that only knows foul language hang their head in shame.

So that my friends, is The Orphanage from my perspective without giving away anything remotely close to a spoiler. Thinking back, as previously stated, a majority of the horror was what I had included with my own imagination. If yours is as vivid as mine I think you'll enjoy this flick very much.



*I'm shaky on The Exorcist and such because I was born in the hospital in Missouri where the supposed events that inspired The Exorcist occurred, I'm related to one of the first priests involved in the supposed events that inspired The Exorcist, plus I went to Catholic school. Triple word score.
doozer
post #2  on May 29, 2008 - 1:11 AM PDT  
Oh and as per usual, I come in late with my gripes.

A certain amount of time passes in the movie and the only thing indicating as much was the actors saying so. There's a certain amount of time where characters were experiencing something pretty stressful and harrowing that I would think would have made them look at least a little more tired than they did but this is my gripe with a lot of movies (yes 30 Days of Night..I'm talking about you).

Cinenaut
post #3  on May 29, 2008 - 10:05 AM PDT  
Previously, on the GreenCine discussion boards: The Orphanage.
qutzibaby
post #4  on May 29, 2008 - 10:37 AM PDT  
I watched it with Doozer and I had to sleep with the light on. It could be because of all the scary stuff Dooz was talking about afterwards though. Real life exorcisms? Real life scary orphanages? No thanks!


I was shocked to discover Guillermo del Toro did not actually direct.
underdog
post #5  on May 31, 2008 - 11:28 PM PDT  
It was creepy enough to make me want to sleep with the night light on, too. Seriously. I remember when I was a kid and for some reason was allowed to see The Changeling, another chiller with a house haunted by the ghost of a dead child, and was traumatized for ages. Fortunately, I'm much older now and... waaaah! I want my mommy.

No, it was just such an effective ghost story, it really builds and builds without ever resorting to cheap tricks. I sort of agree with DLeonard that they maybe could've pushed up the timeline a bit to give it more urgency but it didn't bother me much. Plus, the time that lapses is sort of important. I also get a little tired of the skeptical spouse bit, we've seen that many times before. I mean, come on, Carlos, how much more do you need to see! But other than that, it was one of the best ghost movies I've seen in years. It did remind me of The Others a bit, though I think it's even more effective.

Interestingly, there were also parts that reminded me of Poltergeist (including the medium who comes to visit the house, along with the video equipment -- that seemed almost like an homage to Poltergeist, and a damned effective one).

And they even threw in some creepy dolls -- nothing scarier than a dead-eyed, antique doll. {shudder}

See it, with lights on.

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