Orphan ★★★★

Closing out Halloween with one of the most genuinely deranged modern horror films and a personal favorite. There's obviously a great history of psychodrama horror about gaslighting and parental anxiety but this is among the ones that makes me the most viscerally queasy. For material like this, the performances and craft alone are impressive (Collet-Serra brings some incredible cross-cutting and camera moves) but I'm most taken with how it just leans full-throttle into its nastiest, trashiest impulses including a never-ending onslaught of perverse child endangerment/violence set pieces that are so beyond poor taste I can't help but respect that they made it into the final movie and Warner Brothers agreed to release it.

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