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Leo DiCaprio's Orphan Horror Film Upsets Adoptive Parents

27/07/2009 09:10 | Updated 22 May 2015

A new horror film called Orphan is causing some people to freak out, and not for the usual reasons.

The film, produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, is about a cute child who turns bad after being adopted.

The adoption community is up in arms about the flick, which is due to be released in the USA on July 24 and in the UK on August 7.

Warner Brothers have already had to remove one line from the film's trailer, replacing "It must be difficult to love an adopted child as much as your own," with "I don't think Mommy likes me very much".

Adoptive parents and groups say the thriller plays on false stereotypes and myths about adoption and could put people off adopting altogether.

But if someone's going to change their minds about adopting because of a horror film they saw, perhaps they're not necessarily top parenting material.

I've seen the Omen and it didn't stop me wanting a baby.

However, Katie Page Sander, coordinator for Hands Across the Water, an international adoption agency, told ParentDishUS that even the title was offensive.

"Orphan is kind of a loaded word," says Sander. It has "negative connotations."

She is worried that the film will reinforce false stereotypes about adoption and could dissuade people from adopting.

"I think that there's already so many myths and misunderstandings about adoption -- especially adopting older children -- and this [movie] just perpetuates those myths," she said.

"I get calls every day from families with outrageous concerns about children and birth families. And those are just the families who are still interested in adoption despite the myths. How many good families never make a call because the myths scare them off?"

I'm not convinced anyone who really wants to adopt is going to be scared off by a horror film.

Do you think the film sounds offensive? Or is it just a harmless horror flick?

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