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The New Daughter (2009)

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A single father moves his two children to rural South Carolina, only to watch his daughter exhibit increasingly strange behavior.

Director:

Luiso Berdejo (as Luis Berdejo)

Writers:

John Travis (screenplay), John Connolly (short story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kevin Costner ... John James
Ivana Baquero ... Louisa James
Samantha Mathis ... Cassandra Parker
Gattlin Griffith ... Sam James
Erik Palladino ... Officer Ed Lowry
Noah Taylor ... Professor Evan White
James Gammon ... Roger Wayne
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Mrs. Amworth
Margaret Anne Florence ... Alexis Danella
Christopher Harvey ... Rick Ross
Brynn Massey Brynn Massey ... Sally
Martin Thompson ... Stewart Green
Nevaina Graves Rhodes Nevaina Graves Rhodes ... Pam
Rob Bonz Rob Bonz ... Adrian
James Middleton James Middleton ... Scott
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Storyline

John James is a writer; his wife has left him. He moves with his middle-school aged daughter and young son to an isolated house off a dirt road in South Carolina. The property has an Indian burial mound, which fascinates his daughter, Louisa, who's entering puberty. Strange things: noises on the roof and in the woods, the cat missing, Luisa sleepwalking clutching a straw doll no one's seen before. She visits the mound often, staying late, coming home covered with mud. John's younger son, Sam, is frightened. John learns the house has a history and seeks out the previous owner. Louisa's behavior becomes more bizarre. Is there an explanation? An ant farm and a missing babysitter provide clues. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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How Far Will A Father Go To Protect The Ones He Loves?

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violence, disturbing images and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2010 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

La otra hija See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$477,004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

James and his contractor prepare a batch of ANFO (ammonium nitrate + fuel oil) to blow up the mound. This is a 'tertiary' explosive, which means you cannot set it off with fire. It would just burn. To set off the detonation, you need to explode a secondary explosive, like a stick of dynamite, which in turn needs to be set off with a primary explosive, like a blasting cap. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
John James: [driving up to their new house] There it is.
Sam James: Real big.
John James: Mm. Want to go in first?
Sam James: Really?
John James: I don't see why not.
[turning to his daughter in the car]
John James: Are you coming? So?
Louisa James: [sulking] So what?
John James: So what do you... what do you think?
[...]
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Passable horror film in which a family moves to a South Carolina mansion in which happens bizarre events
19 January 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This eerie film deals with a divorced, single father called John James : Kevin Costner, along with his children : a lonely adolescent : Ivana Baquero, who suffers mobbing at school , and a frightened little boy : Griffith. All of them move to an isolated rural South Carolina mansion and there occurs some really astonishing acts . This property is by an Indian burial mound, then several bizarre happenings happen. As horrifying noises around home and in the forest, the family cat is missing and the teen girl appears clutching a rare straw doll and coming home full of dirtness .John finds out about an ancient tragedy occurred in the past and he seeks and meets the former owner : James Gammon.

Creepy and frightening film with fantastic events, thrills, chills, suspense and nail-biting scenes. This is an acceptable horror movie in which tension, intrigue and terror goes in crescendo. Cast is pretty well. As starring Kevin Costner is nice as disturbing father who becomes involved into strange events, Ivana Baquero is enjoyable as the middle-school aged teenager who suffers a rare fascination, coming home covered with mud and sleepwalking . Support cast is frankly good such as Samantha Mathis as the worried professor Cassandra, Noah Taylor as Professor White, Eric Palladino as a police officer investigating the eerie events, Lafferty as the babysitter. And special mention for James Gammon as an old man who knows about the extraordinary events and he has some tracks about the ghastly case.

It packs a thrilling and suspenseful musical score by Javier Navarrete. As well as an adequate but dark cinematography by Checco Varise. The motion picture was professionally directed by Luiso Berdejo, though it has some flaws and gaps. Berdejo is a good craftsman, being especially known for his scripts, as he has written : El guardian invisible, Rec Genesis, Quarantine, Quarantine terminal, Violet, Insensibles, Tres 60. He has directed a few films as Kalebegiak (segment), Violet, The new daughter and some shorts. Rating : 6/10 .Decent terror and supernatural film. The picture will appeal to Kevin Costner fans.


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