New Zealander Harold Brodie's production, Orphans and Angels, is a good enough film and a good enough story, but unfortunately its shot-on-video nature makes it undistinguished as a motion picture and difficult to sit through for 100 full minutes.

Emmeline Hawthorne (pictured below) makes for a brave and striking lead, though her character arc is rather simplistic: Here, she encounters a drifter (Christopher Brown), who may or may not be the devil incarnate, and soon embarks on a love affair with him. The catch: He's poisoning her with what he says is Ecstasy, having progressively weirder sex with her, and killing off her friends. If her friends were more interesting and/or likeable, we might actually care about this, but as it is, Angels takes its sweet time in telling what turns out to be an extremely simple story with a very straightforward arc.

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