The New Daughter (2009)
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Kevin Costner stars as a father who moves his pair of kids to an isolated farm only to find his daughter's changed behavior might have something to do with a burial ground near his property in Luis A. Berdejo's The New Daughter. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Dec 18, 2009 Wide
May 18, 2010
Anchor Bay - Official Site
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Does tread with clunky boots upon well-worn horror movie territory. Every ominous sign is preceded by full moons, slithering fog, and thunderclaps.
Unfortunately for all of the good work, like the good-looking cinematography, and Costner's performance, it doesn't quite land the punch it needs to stand out as one of the better horrors of recent years.
In spite of the clichés, The New Daughter stands above the usual direct-to-disc fare thanks to its high-profile cast led by Kevin Costner.
Costner's mooring presence helps, but for all its slow-building drama, the script never builds upon its surface-level dread in deeply interesting ways, and nudging adornments in parallelism don't exactly thrill.
It's far from perfect, but The New Daughter is elegantly crafted (cinematography by Checco Varese is gorgeous) and mindful of tension, not just splatter, sneaking around pleasingly.
These problems are what make The New Daughter creep along like a real ant. It's barely engaging, tough to watch at times, and straight-up boring. If anything, Daughter feels like a made-for-TV movie that would eventually hit SyFy or get dumped on DVD.
If they had dropped The New Daughter title, took Costner's mug off the one sheet and just called it The Mound they actually might have had a modest hit.
The film's riffs on the fear fathers have of teenage daughters' mood swings are its only strength, but Berdejo is too timid to actually examine all the ramifications thereof.
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