The New Daughter [Blu-ray]
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Costner plays John James, a recent divorcee who has moved his children to a rural town called Mercy in South Carolina. Son Sam (Gattlin Griffin) has no problems with the move. But daughter Louisa (Ivanna Banquero) is the typical troublesome teen, taking her anger out on dad while honestly feeling as if her mother has abandoned the entire family.
The James family has moved into a fairly large house, the stately two story southern white house with a large front porch. Here, John hopes to get back on track writing once more. The kids find the place incredibly boring and go exploring the grounds. Its there that they come across something odd, a mound in the woods nearby that seems to hold a mysterious fascination for Louisa. Gee, what are the odds that something mysterious will involve the mound?
As the kids begin to adapt to their new locale and new school, Louisa finds herself picked on by one of the girls in her class. Not one to start anything, the incident goes unreported. But anyone who's seen a film of this sort knows that the girl will eventually get what's coming to her.
As the film progresses, Louisa begins to act stranger with each passing day. Sleepwalking that leaves tracks of dirt and mud through that house as she wanders to the mound, covered in dirt when she comes home and more lead John to suspect something just isn't right.Read more ›
The film deliberately eschews modern styles such as the bleached out look, over loud music that telegraphs how we must react, and fast cutting. It embraces a 70's style approach and the earlier slow pace is absolutely right for this film and in no way should put off the viewer as it all pays off in the second half.
Give this film a chance - you might be surprised.
The blu-ray disc replicates the rich colour palette and the warm tones of South Carolina accurately and I recommend the viewer to listen to the uncompressed pcm track which is better than the Dolby track. There is a an adequate commentary by the director, deleted scenes as well as a standard behind-the scenes feature.
off in the home theatre and I became quite drawn in to this movie.
The film maintains an eerie feel through out and definitely follows the " less you see, more you imagine" theme to it which I liked.
Would I buy this movie ? No...But felt it justified the rental $$.
At the end of the day a movie is supposed to entertain and this did.
But not always.
Although I am not a Kevin Costner fan, I was not bored by this involving, weird, atmospheric little horror story set in rural, contemporary South Carolina. Costner's performance is low key (some critics have called it "wooden") as single father, writer, John James who is trying to rebuild his family after a painful divorce and further burdened with sole custody and the all the requisite obligations of raising his teenage daughter Louisa (a terrific Ivana Baquero) and son (Gattlin Griffith).
The three have just moved into a remote house in a new location - a location apparently sacred to ancient dwellers on the land. There's a prominent burial mound on the property of peculiar interest to the James kids and to university anthropologists. As events unfold, Costner's character wrongly assumes the problems and challenges of his children are due to his limited parenting skills. He is wrong. The threats facing him and his children are ancient and evil and deadly.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this little horror exercise. I liked the way it looked and the surprising story that was not telegraphed by the title of the box art. This is Luis Berdejo's directorial debut of an English language film. He also wrote the screenplay for QUARANTINE. He has a fine eye and ear for understated, moody, unsettling horror that creeps up on you and goes a little further than you expect. He is skilled at drawing the viewer into a slightly surreal universe in the midst of an ordinary, sunny day. Samantha Mathis co-stars as a concerned and friendly teacher. John Travis adapted the screenplay from a short story by John Connolly.
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When I saw horror movie describing this movie, I honestly thought it was going to be a good one since it had Kevin Costner in it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Georgiana
I just saw it for the first time tonight. Scared the $hit out of me. I had never heard of it before and couldn't believe it was a limited release and not favorably reviewed. Read morePublished 28 days ago by bluewater
One of the worst movies ever! Horrible ending. Premise so dumb, and as usual in creepy movies, why the heck did they stay?!?! Boring and no real story. So below Kevin Costner :(Published 1 month ago by Debbie
Decent acting. Obvious plot with clues riddled throughout as to what was to come but this was part of the fun of watching it. As a horror/monster flick it was pretty entertaining.Published 2 months ago by nic
Horrible horrible stupid movie. Can't believe kevin was in such a ridiculous movie!!!Published 3 months ago by Della Eames