After the suicide of her beloved father, the biologist Daniella Logan visits her catatonic mother in a mental institution to tell the tragic event and her mother calls her "Josephine". ... See full summary »

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Paco Plaza

Writers:

Ramsey Campbell (novel), Fernando Marías (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Erica Prior Erica Prior ... Daniella
Trae Houlihan Trae Houlihan ... Chrysteen
Denis Rafter ... Simon Hastings
Craig Stevenson ... Toby Harris
John O'Toole John O'Toole ... Father Elias
Frank O'Sullivan Frank O'Sullivan ... Inspector Potts
Toby Harper Toby Harper ... Dr. Grant
Miguel Monroy Miguel Monroy ... Raymod
Birgit Bofarull ... Mrs. Hastings
Richard Collins-Moore Richard Collins-Moore ... Dr. Larabee
Ian Gibbs Ian Gibbs ... Pathologist
Teresa Gimpera ... Nana
Craig Hill ... Theodore Logan
Saskia Giró Saskia Giró ... Florist
Alain Chipot Alain Chipot ... Hotel Receptionist
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After the suicide of her beloved father, the biologist Daniella Logan visits her catatonic mother in a mental institution to tell the tragic event and her mother calls her "Josephine". Daniella goes to the cemetery and finds that her father's grave had been opened and his corpse was profaned. She decides to investigate, and receives a message of a diabetic priest, Father Elias, who tells her about an ancient fanatic religious sect of followers of Abraham that kills the first child. Later, she meets a weird man, Toby Harris, who claims to be his legitimate father. Daniella continues seeking the truth about her origins and discloses very dark secrets about her family and friends. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Horror | Thriller

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Highly engrossing horror-mystery
17 March 2003 | by nizSee all my reviews

Second Name follows the female mystery-investigation storyline that has been used so successfully in recent horror/suspense films like Ring, The Eye etc. This time round our heroine investigates the suicide of her father in strange circumstances, leading her to uncover the secrets of her own past, and the discovery of an ancient religion dedicated to the ritual killing of their first-born.

I have not read the novel but judging by the film Ramsay Campbell has crafted a clever, twisting-turning tale with that elusive what-happens-next factor that will keep anyone guessing. Direction and performances are restrained, which thankfully suits the film (none of the gimmicks that damaged the US remake of Ring). And the bleak ending really packs a punch. Recommended.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 2002 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

O Segundo Nome See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,044,665
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