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The Daisy Chain (2008)

  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 424 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 April 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: UK:89 min
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The Daisy Chain (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Daisy Chain (2008)
  • Rate: 5.2/10 total 424 votes 
  • Genre: Drama | Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 16 April 2010 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: UK:89 min
  • Filming Location: Achill Island, County Mayo, Ireland
  • Director: Aisling Walsh
  • Stars: Samantha Morton, Steven Mackintosh and Mhairi Anderson
  • Original Music By: David Julyan   
  • Plot Keyword: Police | Drowning | Hospital | Car Crash | Evil Child

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Lauren Mackenzie  writer

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Martha is on the bathroom floor dead, the actress's abdomen moves as she breathes.

    Plot: A grieving couple move to a remote Irish village in the wake of their baby daughter's death. They soon take in an orphaned autistic girl, only to become involved in a series of strange occurrences. Full summary »  »

    Story: Martha, an emotionally fragile mother, who moves to a remote Irish village with her husband Tomas following the tragic death of their baby daughter. Whilst there, the couple decide to take in a disturbed and orphaned autistic girl called Daisy. Uncommunicative and greatly scarred by the violent death of her parents, Daisy gradually warms to her new surroundings. But, as a series of strange occurrences begin to be linked to the little girl, Martha and Tomas begin to hear rumors from the locals that Daisy might be something far more malevolent than she seems.Written by Marisa_Gabriella  


    Synopsis: From the critically acclaimed director of Song For A Raggy Boy, and starring double Oscar-nominee Samantha Morton, THE DAISY CHAIN is a chilling supernatural thriller of obsession, superstition and fear. Blending the unsettling atmosphere of The Wicker Man with the terrifying scenario of Rosemarys Baby, THE DAISY CHAIN explores the dark side of the heart in a way that will devastate audiences everywhereTomas and Martha are a couple still in the fresh grip of young love, despite suffering a recent tragedy that has left them heartbroken. Resolute and etermined to get on with life, the pair decide to move back to Tomass home village in the remote Irish countryside, keen to start afresh and to put their unspoken devastation behind them.As Tomas always hoped, Martha is instantly won over by the breathtaking beauty of their new home. Perched on the cliffs above the North Atlantic, the village is as quaint and as peaceful as they could have hoped – the perfect place to settle down for the imminent birth of their second child.But tragedy seems to have followed them. Not long after their arrival, they are shocked by the apparent suicide of another young couple also recently bereaved following the mysterious death of their son who set fire to their home in a strangely ritualistic act of violence. Their seven year old daughter survived the fire. Her name is Daisy.Appalled by this turn of events, Martha sees Daisy as a lost soul in need of love and support, and she quickly persuades Tomas to let the young child stay in their new home. Uncommunicative and clearly disturbed by the tragedy that befell her parents, Daisy is a strange and unsettling presence in their life, but Marthas own tragic history and a growing sense of insecurity makes her recognise the damaged young girl as a kindred-spirit, who can be nursed back to happiness with love and affection.But soon, the whispering starts. The locals, steeped in folktales, mythology and superstition, begin to question Daisys origins. They tell stories of faeries and changelings, local malevolent spirits that spoil crops, sour milk, steal children But Martha doesnt understand surely they can see that Daisy is just a troubled young girl? An innocent child, cruelly victimiised by her parents, and then witch-hunted by a perverse and outdated community, governed more by superstition than by reason. Daisys just an innocent young child. Isnt she? In the tradition of The Others and The Omen, THE DAISY CHAIN delivers an emotional and terrifying punch.emotional and terrifying punch. [D-Man2010]


    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Graham Begg known as executive producer
    • Jamie Carmichael known as executive producer
    • Linda James known as executive producer
    • Tristan Lynch known as producer
    • Aoife O'Sullivan known as co-producer
    • Meinir Stoutt known as co-producer
    • Dominic Wright known as producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Samantha Morton known as Martha Conroy
    • Steven Mackintosh known as Tomas Conroy
    • Mhairi Anderson known as Daisy Gahan
    • David Bradley known as Sean Cryan
    • Eva Birthistle known as Cat
    • Brendan McCormack known as Shay
    • Zoe Sheridan known as Eva
    • Flora Montgomery known as Orla Gannon
    • Orlaith Macqueen known as Lucy Gannon (as Orlaith McQueen)
    • Ron Donachie known as Doctor Ferguson
    • Valerie O'Connor known as Jenny Gahan
    • Patrick Moy known as Jim Gahan
    • Barry Barnes known as Sergeant Riley
    • Maire Hastings known as Trish Carter
    • Gary Murphy known as Matt Brennan
    • Siobhán O'Kelly known as Margaret Lindsay
    • Karen Ardiff known as Joan Byrne
    • Fionnuala Murphy known as Helen Devine
    • Elunid Jones known as Care Home Worker
    • Joanne Thomas known as Girl at Care Home
    • Hilary Reynolds known as Social Worker
    • Yvonne Scanlon known as Social Worker
    • Fiona Condon known as Miss May
    • David Keating known as School Boy
    • Matthew McDonagh known as Cowboy
    • Anthony Murphy known as The Gard



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Linda Mooney known as makeup designer

    Art Department:

    • Sian Bundy known as stand-by props
    • Andrew Freeman known as construction coordinator
    • Alan Jones known as carpenter
    • Daithi Magner known as dressing props
    • Sarah McLoughlin known as stand-by art director




    Production Companies:

    • Subotica Entertainment

    Other Companies:

    • Broadcasting Commission of Ireland  funding
    • ContentFilm International  funding
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Fuji Photo Film  motion picture film supplied by
    • Irish Film Board  funding
    • Limelight Communication  funding
    • Screen Scene  post-production
    • Shoot NI  cell phones and walkies
    • Wales Creative IP Fund  funding


    • Wild Side Films (2009) (France) (theatrical)
    • EuroVideo (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Filmes Lusomundo (2009) (Portugal) (all media)
    • Image Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Media Pro Film Distribution (2009) (Romania) (all media)
    • Monolith (2009) (Poland) (all media)
    • Officine UBU (2010) (Italy) (all media)
    • Paradox Entertainment Group (2010) (Canada) (DVD)
    • PlayArte Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
    • Spentzos Films (2009) (Greece) (all media)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Team FX

    Release Date:

    • UK 9 October 2008 (Raindance Film Festival)
    • Germany 8 February 2009 (European Film Market)
    • UK 20 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
    • Ireland 21 February 2009 (Dublin Film Festival)
    • Brazil 25 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Denmark 17 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • USA 13 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Ireland 16 April 2010
    • Russia 25 May 2010 (TV premiere)

    MPAA: Rated R for some language and disturbing content,



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Tom Rowsell from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:59 pm

      Female directors are too rare, particularly those willing to approachthe horror genre. Walsh uses the beautiful Western Irish coast tocreate a bleak atmosphere of isolation and vulnerability. The plot issomewhat obvious, a young couple move away from the bright lights ofLondon to raise a family, the wife is pregnant, and the husband hasinherited his childhood home in Ireland, but the neighbour's childDaisy is suspected of being a fairy changeling, born in a fairy ring onHalloween. The Neighbour's son is killed under mysterious circumstancesand the parents are soon to follow, the child is then adopted by theLondon couple, the motivation for this aspect of the plot is addressedbut remains unconvincing. The superstitious locals become increasinglyscared of young Daisy. The film lacks originality but has someredeeming qualities, the child actress Mhairi Anderson who plays Daisyis remarkable, providing a genuinely disturbing performance, thecinematography and score combine to give the film a unique characterthat is tense and compelling. The theme of fairies and the supernaturalremains unaddressed which is frustrating, it is never made clearwhether the girl suffers from autism, is very disturbed or is really afairy changeling, a question left unanswered deliberately by thedirector, but in a clumsy way, that doesn't encourage the audience tofeel sympathy for the girl, who is properly identified neither asvictim nor as aggressor. Despite the flaws The Daisy Chain, acombination of Straw Dogs and the Wicker Man, is a beautiful and attimes moving addition to the horror genre.

    2. johnnyd2 from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:59 pm

      I saw this film at a sold out screening at the recent Raindance FilmFestival. It is a beautiful piece of work both haunting and affecting.Samantha Morton gives an amazing performance as does Steven Mackintoshbut it is newcomer Mhairi Anderson's perfectly judged performance asthe waif Daisy that stays with you and keeps you guessing right upuntil the end. Shot in the magical but often bleak landscape of theWest of Ireland this is a haunting and beautiful film that will staywith you for a long time. Another very very fine film from one ofEurope's finest female directors whose individual voice and point ofview is always interesting. Congratulations.

    3. gretago from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 9:59 pm

      What a strange and beautiful film this is. An intelligent horror withthe underlying themes of motherhood and loss. A movie that reminds usall of what it is to be an outsider in a tight knit community and whatit is to be different. Morton plays outsider and expectant motherMartha who has lost her first baby through cot death. Pregnant at thetime of filming this is a brave choice for Morton who looks amazing!!!Steven Mackintosh plays the steady school teacher husband Thomas. Adeparture for Mackintosh and one that shows just how wide a range he'scapable of playing. Into their lives comes a young girl called Daisy.This role is played by Marie Anderson who's first film this is andalthough mostly silent throughout she is riveting. She sets Morton andMackintosh against one another as she inhabits their every waking hourand we slowly start to fear for their unborn child. The wildness of thelandscape adds an eerie dimension against which the story is playedout. Is Daisy the uncared for child that the community have abandonedor is she the fairy changeling that some say she is????

    4. MrCandy from Ireland
      30 Mar 2012, 9:59 pm

      Horror movies, such as they are, remain a fairly uniformed experience.Despite the buckets of viscus and brains that are unashamedly tossedaround the screen they typically conform to certain expectations; 15jumps minimum, casual brutal violence and characters so wooden theyhave to chop them to pieces to prove they're homosapiens.

      Horrors that have stood the test of time, The Fly, The Shining, Don'tLook Now, The Exorcist, The Wickerman all have one thing in common;they shied away from quick thrills. Using relatively few easy jumps andthe bare minimum of bloodshed, they work on a purer level of dread.Daisy Chain does just this.

      The first thing that impresses is the direction. Aisling Walsh, bestknown for 2003's Song for a Raggy Boy, may not be working from a scriptof her own but the direction is calculated and assured. The imageryretains a painterly quality, the sets are draped in a muddy colourscheme which makes the outside grim and the inside soft and warm.Images such as the removal of the cross from the wall (only to haveleft an impression on the wall) and the barren wasteland quality to thesetting (shot in County Mayo) leave each shot with a resonant bleaknessthat is nearly as harrowing as the story itself.

      The acting from the entire cast is solid but the highlight must benewcomer Mhairi Anderson, playing the eponymous Daisy. The child actorshifts between menace, and adorable with impressive subtlety. Betweenplayfully skipping around to suddenly kissing Samantha Morton directlyon the lips, the kid manages to scare the bejesus out of you by doingvery little.

      And while people do get killed in this film we usually only see the endof the event rather than the beginning. The characters don't delve intohysterics, nor do they stupidly allow themselves to be a vulnerable forlong. Instead life is shown to be normal despite the abnormalcircumstances. The mayhem surrounding the main characters is only a byproduct of the strange intangible fear that exists within the (albeithazard free) household. Shots are longer and issues are more repressed-living with Daisy proves to be more scary than living without (in thegreater sense of the word).

      Trust independent film making to lean toward the aforementionedclassics above (Daisy Chain even features one or two nods to TheWickermna) and having the understanding to know what really affects inhorror. Daisy Chain doesn't make you jump out of your seat, it insteadcreeps under your skin and lasts for days.

    5. doctorgonzo23 from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 9:59 pm

      The Daisy Chain is a pretty decent "spooky kid" thriller that kept mewatching and interested throughout. It focuses on the experience of acouple (the wife is pregnant) who move to rural Ireland (or is itWales? ) to escape the big city and the traumatic miscarriage of theirfirst child. They eventually adopt a young girl named Daisy after herbaby brother and parents die under mysterious circumstances.

      It was well acted and well scripted as well. I found the atmosphere ofthe setting to be creepy and dismal enough to add to the generalfeeling of doom and gloom. I've got a soft spot for movies about darkchildren, and this one did not disappoint.

      As other reviewers have mentioned, it's not filled with cheap scares orgore. I think that "creepy" is probably the word most often used incomments on this page, so I'll stick with it. My one complaint is thatI found the ending to be less than satisfying, but I suppose that isfairly minor overall.

    6. prrffft
      30 Mar 2012, 9:59 pm

      The above Q and A took place after last night's debut screening at theRaindance film festival in London, an abrupt exchange between anaudience member and the film's director, Aisling Walsh. And frankly,for me, her disbelief is the problem. For if she doesn't believe, howcan she expect us to?

      (I have not included spoilers for the film's ending; I only tell thebasic set up.)

      The Daisy Chain is set in a remote corner of Ireland, but even here thelocals (bar your one token nut who nobody's ever going to listen to) donot believe in fairies anymore. Nonetheless, living amongst them is a'fairy changeling', an autistic 10-year old Daisy who, with no morereason than that of a petulant child, is using her supernatural powersto kill off anyone who would get in the way of her mission to findsomeone to play with. Schoolteacher (Stephen MacIntosh) returns to hishometown with his heavily pregnant wife Martha (played by a heavilypregnant Samantha Morton); they are escaping from London, where theirfirst child died aged only 3 weeks. Very soon Daisy's little brotherand parents die in mysterious accidents and Martha, against herhusband's escalating alarm, is stepping in as foster mum. If you thinkyou know where this is all heading by now, you're probably right.

      Comparisons with The Omen are inevitable. Apart from the setting andsubstituting a fairy-changeling for the Devil, this is basically acopy, with pretty much the same clichéd twists and psychological'thrills'. The difference is in the level of belief. OK, so The Omenwas made in the Dark Ages (1976) when many people still at leasthalf-believed in the Devil. Today nobody does. But however silly thestory, every highly-researched detail of The Omen carries utterconviction in its pompous, claustrophobic self so that even today, theviewer is still compelled to suspend disbelief and take that ride.

      The Daisy Chain clearly lacks belief in itself (or much apparentresearch) as is evident from unnecessarily sloppy plotting, and fromsupporting characters and subplot strands that insubstantially manifestout of nowhere and go nowhere. Ironically, Ms Walsh (the director)seems to have lost sight of all this as a result of herself beingmesmerised by the beguiling face of promising newcomer Mhairi Anderson(who plays Daisy), just as Martha in the film falls helplessly underDaisy's spell. Mhairi's perfectly fairy/urchin-like face and unsettlingstare dominates the film but, as effective as she is, this cannot makeup for the lack of scripted thrills. I sensed that much of theaudience's enthusiasm afterwards was projected toward Mhairi'spresence. Certainly, those around me with stretching necks looked eagerand relieved to confirm that Mhairi is actually a sweetly charming andnot-at-all evil young lady. Phew!

      The post-viewing Q and A session held one other surprise that possiblyexplains some of these problems but prompts other questions. Watchingthe film, it was immediately apparent that Samantha Morton (whose filmsI usually always love) was heavily pregnant during the making of thefilm. Was Samantha boldly (and unsuperstitiously) taking method actinga step beyond? No. It turns out that in the original script Martha wasNOT pregnant, and that the script was re-written at a very late stageto embrace this casting coup. This revelation left me reeling. For, asthe film now stands, Martha's pregnancy is absolutely central andessential to the entire story. In fact, without it, there would benothing left but Daisy's face.

      And I still don't get why it's called The Daisy Chain.

    7. blue_coat from Ontario, Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 9:59 pm

      This had to be one of the worst movies I have seen. From beginning toend it was predictable I can't remember the number of times I was ableto "call" what happened next.

      Plot and Script very "High School". Would advise anyone not to botherand take a pass on this one.

      At the beginning I had hopes for something like "The Wicker Man" butthe similarities ended at the accent.

      I don't know what more I can say about this movie I feel like I justwasted the last hour and 20 min and I hope this review will dissuade atleast one person from wasting there time watching it. This is adefinite pass 3 thumbs down in this room.

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