‘Orphan: First Kill’ review: Isabelle Fuhrman returns as 8-year-old Esther | Movies | Entertainment

That’s because this follow-up is also a prequel. Isabelle Fuhrman was 12 when she starred in 2009’s Orphan, an entertaining horror built on a wonderfully silly twist.

The parentless adoptive child in the title was actually a 32-year-old Estonian psychopath whose growth had been stunted by a hormonal condition.

The misdirection worked because Fuhrman looked like an oddly mature nine-year-old at the time. When they shot this film, which takes place a year before the events of the first, Fuhrman was in his twenties.

Director William Brent Bell (The Boy) makes heavy use of body doubles and trick shots, but Furhman remains as convincing a schoolboy as Janette Krankie.

Still, if your disbelief is easily suspended, you might find yourself enjoying this camp track appropriately.

The film begins with Esther escaping from a mental institution in Estonia and traveling to Russia to pose as the missing eight-year-old daughter of a wealthy American couple played by Julia Stiles and Rossif Sutherland.

After dressing her up in spooky Victorian clothes (but not bothering about a DNA test), the pair take her back to their Connecticut mansion.

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