PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 November, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 November, 2009, 12:00am

Peter Sarsgaard, Vera Farmiga, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

There's no telling what sort of damage this film has done to the chances of poor young eastern European orphans trying to find a home. Because once the family at the centre of this creepy tale agrees to take one such youngster in, all hells breaks loose. Literally.

In the traditions of all truly terrifying little monsters, it is apparent that something's up with little Esther (Isabelle Fuhrman, above centre) as soon as she arrives on the scene. She seems at first to be a little sweetie - but just wait to see what happens when things don't go her way.

For those looking to put a little jolt into their evening, Orphan delivers the goods. Stylishly shot, lingering sense of the nasty, family under threat - it ticks all the boxes.

And Fuhrman seems to know exactly what the role requires. There's a darkness in her eyes that we see immediately but seems to escape those around her. If only they knew.

Chief among those suckers is her wannabe daddy, played by Peter Sarsgaard (right), whose own open-faced vulnerability is also just a little too good to be true.

It's all a bit too silly to be taken seriously (thankfully), but there's enough going on to make your skin crawl. And you won't forget little Esther in a hurry. Extras: Mama's Little Devils: Bad seeds and evil children featurette; deleted scenes; alternate ending.