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Halloween Horror Countdown 2009 Day 3 October 4, 2009

Posted by vorpalkeith in Film Thing.
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Wild Oranges
Directed by King Vidor

I feel as though the plot description on my DVR’s guide feature lied to me. It gave me the idea that this film was meant to be a horror story about a homicidal maniac, and I guess it was, but not really.

This is a silent film, as you can imagine from the year it was made. The print they made the digital copy from was pretty badly scratched and artifacted, as you might expect.

The plot deals with a young boat captain arriving on an island where a man and his granddaughter live with a simpleton. The simpleton loves the girl and asks her to marry him, to which she is horrified and he goes kill crazy.

Um, this movie wasn’t very good. . . The message seems to be that the mentally handicapped are one bad day away from becoming homicidal maniacs. It’s pretty offensive in that regard actually.

I will give it one amount of props in that it attempted some pretty early special effects. They tinged the film different colors for different lighting effects. Blue for nighttime, pink for sunsight, and orange for firelight.

I give it one half of a spooky pumpkin out of five.



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