Thursday, September 16, 2010


Directed by Luis Berdejo
Starring Kevin Costner, Ivana Baquero, Gattlin Griffith, Samantha Mathis, Erik Palladino, Noah Taylor, James Gammon

Here in Finland this film was advertised as Costner's comeback which isn't true because he hasn't really been gone now has he? He's done a film per year such as Swing Vote, Mr. Brooks and The Guardian. The New Daughter was released here straight on DVD and after watching it I can see why.

Author John James (Costner) moves to a remote house with his son Sam (Griffith from Changeling) and daughter Louisa (Baquero from Pan's Labyrinth) after going through a painful divorce with his wife who's found new love and decided to abandon her family. Upon moving, Louisa finds a strange mound near the house and soon her behavior starts to shift and odd noises and happenings begin to manifest.

The New Daughter is mediocre horror fare. It manages to create tension within the first two reels but it is ultimately wasted since the final act turns once again into a creature hunt with some slimy mutated pieces of shit hunting down the main characters. This would be totally fine if it was executed in a fresh exciting and truly entertaining way but no, The New Daughter is finished off with clichés in a boring way. Shame. If you wanna see a good film of slimy mutants going to town on a group of unsuspecting lambs for slaughter, see The Descent part 1 and/or 2.

The New daughter on paikallisten mainosten perusteella Costnerin näyttävä comeback, mutta se ei pidä paikkaansa, sillä äijä ei itse asiassa ole missään vaiheessa poistunut kuvioista minnekään ja toiseksi, kyseinen leffa osoittautuu lupaavasti rakennetun alun jälkeen keskinkertaiseksi hirviöhipaksi. Alkupuolen muutama hauska idea ei riitä pelastamaan tätä syystäkin suoraan DVD:llä julkaistua huliviliä. Hyvää hirviöhuvittelua kaipaavalle suosittelisin mielummin esim leffoja The Descent 1 ja 2.

The New Daughter at IMDb