The 2009 horror film Orphan, which became a cult favorite, now has a prequel that you can watch on Paramount+.
Orphan: First Kill looks at how Esther became the manipulative killer she was in the 2009 movie. It follows her from a mental hospital in Estonia to the United States. Isabelle Fuhrman plays Esther in both movies. She is now 25 years old.
In First Kill, viewers will learn that the Coleman family was not the first to be fooled into thinking Esther was a 9-year-old orphan, before it was revealed that she was a killer and a 30-something woman with a rare hormone disorder that makes her look like a child.
The hormone disorder is real, but is the story in Orphan: First Kill true?
Is the story in “Orphan: First Kill” real?
Fans of the two Orphan movies will be scared to learn that they are based on a true story, but only in a general way. The 2009 movie Orphan was based on the life of a Czech woman named Barbora Skrlová. The new movie, Orphan: First Kill, is a prequel to that movie.
In Orphan: First Kill, Esther spends years in a mental hospital and takes on the identity of a missing child, which are both things that Skrlová did.
Skrlová also had hypopituitarism, which is a lack of hormones that can slow a person’s growth. The condition makes people look smaller and younger.
In January 2008, when Norwegian police were looking for Adam, a 13-year-old boy who had been missing from an Oslo children’s home for a month, her story became known all over the world.
They found out that Adam was really Skrlová, a 33-year-old woman who had been pretending to be a boy to hide from the Czech police. According to CBS, Skrlová was wanted in Brno for abusing a child. She was taken in by a family who thought she was a 12-year-old girl named Anika. However, she was accused of hurting her adopted brothers and getting the boys’ mother and aunt to hurt them as well.
She had lived with Klara’s two sons, Ondrej and Yakub, and Katerina’s sister, Klara.