The New Daughter (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  7 October 2010 (Netherlands)
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A single father moves his two children to rural South Carolina, only to watch his daughter exhibit increasingly strange behavior.


(as Luis Berdejo)


(screenplay), (short story)
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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 <>

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


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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7 October 2010 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

La otra hija  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Last cinema film of James Gammon. See more »


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 »

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Def not a horror movie however had me on the edge of my seat.
4 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Not really sure why this falls in the horror category, thriller yes, but wasn't really anything scary as much as unsettling and I think that is were this movie hit the nail on the head.

As someone else mentioned this movie does give off the hint of signs, but with a twist, something that hits a little closer to home, and doesn't seem as far fetched as aliens.

As someone else mentioned that this movie is absolutely terrible, and i can't help but disagree, the movie kept me wondering the entire length and even once it was over. My eyes stayed glued, i never felt like i was bored or wondering when it would get to the "good stuff" It did seems to start off slow, and then ran really fast in the last 20 minutes, but i don't feel that was such a bad thing, as with thrillers its all in the build up anyways.

I don't ever consider thrillers to be a DVD purchase, as once you've seen it it has no replay value, but its definitely worth a hit on the netflix que.

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