FRIDAY FUN FACT: Orphan [2009]

Here we are: finally, a new FFF. unfortunately, with how busy life has been, I haven’t been able to write Friday Fun Facts for a little bit now. Because of the time it takes to think of a movie, then find some of the trivia to talk about it, and then finally writing it all up.  However, enough with the excuses, and onto the trivia!! While not entirely considered horror, [it’s more “thriller” I’d say] Orphan is a extremely messed up film. I remember hearing/reading about people being so shocked about the film that they actually left the theaters in shock of the ending! Seriously. Even when I worked at the movie theater, people were actually wanting to return their tickets because they were “too scarred” from the ending.. Naturally, this made me want to see the film. The film wasn’t as “scarring” as I figured it would be, but I still felt uneasy, with all the “what the fuck am I watching?” feelings going through my head.

Orphan follows Kate and John Coleman, who are rebuilding their troubled marriage: Kate had a drinking problem. [but is in therapy]  To help “fix” their issues, the couple decide that they will adopt a child. When they meet the nine-year-old Russian girl, Esther, at the St. Marina Orphanage, they immediately fall in love with the well-educated orphan. [she’s able to paint incredibly, talks articulately, etc] Their son, Daniel, is kind of hesitant to his new “sister”, but their deaf daughter, little Max, is mesmerized by least at first. Eventually, Kate begins to feel that Esther is manipulative and possibly even psychologically disturbed. John refuses to listen to his wife’s worries, and of course, this opens wounds in their marriage that were starting to be healed. Kate calls Sister Abigail at the orphanage, and the nun informs her that Esther has a troubled and mysterious history. Kate delves further into Esther‘s past and discovers all is not what it seems.

but did you know?

In the actual movie, there’s a line where Esther says “It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own”. After receiving a ton of complaints from both adoptive parents and foster care organizations, Warner Bros. actually had to remove the quote from the trailers! While we’re on the topic of removed content, another scene in the film that was in the original script, [but never filmed officially] strongly implied that Esther enjoyed harming and torturing animals – this was to follow a minor subplot with Esther both killing and dismembering the Coleman family’s pet hamster..

In early drafts of the script, there is more information about Esther‘s past and explain why she always attempts to seduce her adoptive fathers. According to the drafts, Esther was molested by her father for years, starting when she was an infant! Naturally, this had sexualized her at a very young age and destroyed any chance of her having her own children. When her father later took another lover, he told Esther that, because of her “condition”, she could never be a real woman. She then murdered them both and was ultimately sent to Saarne, the mental institution talked about in the movie..

Following her escape from Saarne, she worked as a prostitute in Estonia for years, mostly catering to wealthy pedophiles. When she was arrested for this, she kept up the false identity of being a child [to stay out of jail] and ultimately, sent to an orphanage. Because Esther sees herself as trapped inside the body of a child, it disgusts her. She clearly wants to “grow up”  so she can be a wife, a mother, and a lover, [which is what her father considered a “real woman”]  therefore, she tries to find “love” where she thought she’d had it as a child, with her new “father”.. [and this was cut from the final script why?! this is vital information!]

Lastly, [and also in earlier drafts of the script], Kate and John go to the orphanage not to see girls for the first time, but to bring presents to Yolanda: a 7 year old Puerto Rican girl whom they plan on taking home the next day. There, they meet Esther Although she impresses them as much as she did in the final cut, Esther finds out that they’ve already adopted Yolanda. The next morning, Sister Judith finds Yolanda hung by her neck in a closet; it’s assumed that she died in a kids game gone wrong, but the film strongly implied that Esther killed her! John later suggests to Kate that they adopt Esther instead, since they were so impressed earlier on.

as someone with deaf parents, the sign language in the film was perfect.

So today we learned that Orphan is actually scarier than we initially thought, with people being scared for all the right reasons. It’s unfortunate that so much good content seems to have been cut but, as a way to keep their original rating, things had to be a bit toned down quite a bit. What did you learn from Orphan? Besides that Esther is a crazy person who wants nothing more than a “Daddy” to love.. [and now I’m catching myself shuddering in fear at the very thought of that..]


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