Nightmare Fuel / Orphan

  • Esther herself is every parent's worst nightmare come true. A sweet, polite, intelligent 9-year-old little girl, very mature for her age and looking for a nice family to take her in...who is really a violent, Ax-Crazy 33-year-old woman with a growth hormone disorder willing to murder that same family for no reason at all. She will manipulate, murder, Frame-Up, backstab, wounded-gazelle and even hurt herself to get what she wants, all while looking perfectly innocent the entire time and silencing anyone who gets in her way. Before the events of the movie even start, she has already killed at least seven people, including two separate families who adopted her and were perfectly willing to give her a loving home. Her reign of terror is finally ended when Kate kills her, but she has already killed John and left the Coleman family with permanent scars.
    • The worst part? Unlike other horror movie villains such as Sadako, Krampus, Chucky, or Diana, who are terrifying in their own ways but can't possibly exist in real life, there really are people like her out there. Maybe they're not adults with growth disorders pretending to be children, but they are very real: people who don't have a drop of empathy in their bodies—no matter how much kindness you show them, they will callously destroy your life, systematically rob you of everything you have, and walk away without feeling a hint of remorse.
  • Not since Damien Thorn have we had a child whose stare alone genuinely sent shivers down your spine, much less her actions... Just try looking into her eyes in the poster on the main page for more than 3 seconds... no sleep for you tonight.
  • The Dream Nightmare Sequence at the beginning of the movie...
  • Esther's paintings.
  • "Do you want to play?"
  • Esther breaking her own arm.
  • Esther's lifeless-like expression upon overhearing Daniel and Max discussed Esther's murder on Sister Abigail. This is a big clue to explain what really happens on Esther: she's mentally unstable, and moreover, she's not really a child.
  • Esther's Death Glare while staring at her 'paintings' and switching the lights of her room on and off, without any explanation at all why she's doing that. Nothing Is Scarier as this point because Esther hasn't done many bad deeds yet so it's pretty disturbing because it makes us wonder if there's really something wrong with her. Later, you know what kind of painting she's actually staring at.
    • After Sister Abigail's death, the detective meets with John and Kate downstairs. A blue light is seen flicking on and off in Esther's room, and we see what she's really looking at. The seemingly innocent painting of a house is covered by a layer of invisible glow paint that can only be seen under UV light, revealing that it's really a painting of a house on fire with several people dying horrible deaths inside. One person's corpse has been impaled by knives and scissors, a naked woman is holding two infants out the window and screaming, another person's severed legs are falling out the window, two partially dismembered corpses are hanging from the ceiling, and another window displays a burning skeleton and three severed heads on stakes. Just...yikes. The fact that it's done in a childish stick-figure style makes it all worse.
    • The lead-up to The Reveal really sets the atmosphere. The blue light under the door, Esther with a Face Framed in Shadow and a chilling expression of pure hatred, the repeating Scare Chords as the full painting is revealed to the audience and the little close-ups on all the gory details of the dying stick figures...brrrr.
    • Even worse than that? The nun at the orphanage stated that Esther's previous foster family died in a house fire (which was almost certainly set by her). That painting is not the product of a troubled little girl's demented imagination. It's a serial killer reliving her previous murders.
  • The scene in which Esther takes off all the things that help her pass as 9 year old; the ribbons and laces which hide her scars, her fake teeth, the strap-ons which help hide her breasts, while the doctor from the Saarne Institute explains that she's a dwarf with a hormone disorder and a violent, mentally unstable murderer. It's extremely chilling, to say the least.
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