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The New Daughter (2009)

  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 5,368 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 7 October 2010 (Netherlands)
  • Runtime: USA:108 min (DVD version) | Argentina:108 min
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The New Daughter (2009)


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  • IMDb page: The New Daughter (2009)
  • Rate: 5.3/10 total 5,368 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 7 October 2010 (Netherlands)
  • Runtime: USA:108 min (DVD version) | Argentina:108 min
  • Filming Location: Charleston, South Carolina, USA
  • Budget: $15,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Luiso Berdejo
  • Stars: Kevin Costner, Ivana Baquero and Samantha Mathis
  • Original Music By: Javier Navarrete   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Mound | Ant Farm | Writer | Babysitter | Single Father

Writing Credits By:

  • John Travis (screenplay)
  • John Connolly (short story)

Known Trivia

  • Last cinema film of James Gammon.

Plot: A single father moves his two children to rural South Carolina, only to watch his daughter exhibit increasingly strange behavior. Full summary » |  »

Story: John James is a writer; his wife has left him. He moves with his two middle-school children 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 <>  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Paul Brooks known as producer
  • Guy Danella known as co-producer (as Guy A. Danella)
  • Brad Kessell known as co-producer
  • Don Kurt known as co-producer
  • Scott Niemeyer known as executive producer
  • Jonathan Shore known as associate producer
  • Norm Waitt known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kevin Costner known as John James
  • Ivana Baquero known as Louisa James
  • Samantha Mathis known as Cassandra Parker
  • Gattlin Griffith known as Sam James
  • Erik Palladino known as Officer Ed Lowry
  • Noah Taylor known as Professor Evan White
  • James Gammon known as Roger Wayne
  • Sandra Ellis Lafferty known as Mrs. Amworth
  • Margaret Anne Florence known as Alexis Danella
  • Christopher Harvey known as Rick Ross
  • Brynn Massey known as Sally
  • Martin Thompson known as Stewart Green
  • Nevaina Graves Rhodes known as Pam
  • Rob Bonz known as Adrian
  • James Middleton known as Scott
  • Ralph LaCorte known as Publisher
  • Guy Perry known as Alpha Creature
  • Edmund Entin known as Creature #2
  • Gary Entin known as Creature #1
  • Mark Charles Davis known as Student (uncredited)
  • Amanda Garsys known as Student (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Jessica Anderson-Abbott known as special makeup effects artist
  • Mark Ballou known as special makeup effects coordinator: MastersFX
  • Darlene Brumfield known as department head hair stylist
  • Darlene Brumfield known as hair stylist: Mr. Costner
  • Susan Buffington known as hair stylist
  • Joe Colwell known as special makeup effects artist
  • Michelle Garbin known as special makeup effects artist
  • Dennis Liddiard known as key makeup artist
  • Patricia McAlhany Glasser known as key hair stylist (as Pat Glasser)
  • Francisco X. Pérez known as makeup department head
  • Angela Rogers known as assistant makeup artist
  • Chad Washam known as special makeup effects technician

Art Department:

  • Jack Ballance known as set designer
  • Kenneth Bryant known as lead man
  • Chris Buchinsky known as storyboard artist
  • Katie Clinebelle known as props
  • Jennifer D. Corley known as art department coordinator
  • D. Tobias Denney known as props
  • Stephen Eno known as painter
  • Jordan Foster known as set dresser
  • Susanna Glattly known as camera scenic
  • Lillian Heyward known as signwriter
  • Sarah Hoopes known as art department production assistant
  • Richard Krish known as co-leadman
  • Christopher Kuder known as propmaker gang boss
  • Bill MacSems known as property master
  • Angela Nahum known as art department assistant
  • Katherine Parker known as painter
  • James Passanante known as construction coordinator
  • Ryon Peck known as props
  • Ryon Peck known as storyboard artist
  • Gregg Perez known as set dresser
  • Erik Sedwick known as storyboard artist
  • Richard Waldrop known as assistant property master
  • Dana White known as on-set dresser
  • Katie Clinebelle known as property assistant (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Gold Circle Films
  • New Daughter Productions

Other Companies:

  • David Haddad  transportation equipment
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Gallagher Entertainment  insurance (uncredited)
  • Haddad's  transportation equipment
  • LCW Props  set equipment
  • Line 21 Media Services Ltd.  combined dialogue, continuity & spotting list
  • PJF Productions  main and end titles
  • Pivotal Post  Avid editing equipment provided by
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording
  • out post sound Ltd.  ADR recording


  • Anchor Bay Films (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Presidio (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Vertice Cine (2010) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • California Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
  • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment Benelux (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • EcoFilmes (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Ecofilmes (2010) (Portugal) (all media)
  • Future Film (2010) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (both cropped to 1.78:1)
  • Hollydan Works (2010) (Serbia) (DVD)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2010) (Thailand) (all media)
  • Maple Pictures (2010) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Midget Entertainment (2009) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Transeuropa Video Entertainment (TVE) (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • MastersFX (prosthetic FX & character FX)

Visual Effects by:

  • Austin Basile known as digital compositor
  • Nadine Blackler known as digital compositor
  • Greg Cheng known as digital artist
  • David Cole known as digital colourist
  • Pete Dionne known as 3d artist: Technicolor
  • Christopher Elke known as visual effects producer: Technicolor Vancouver
  • Steve Elliott known as visual effects i/o: Technicolor Vancouver
  • John Fukushima known as senior compositor
  • Sean Gilhooly known as visual effects coordinator
  • Colin Liggett known as senior composite artist
  • Jason Maher known as visual effects artist: Technicolor Vancouver
  • Damian McDonnell known as additional digital intermediate colorist
  • Robert McKinnon known as creature concept designer
  • Stephen Misek known as character technical director
  • Milton Muller known as digital compositor
  • Doug Oddy known as visual effects supervisor
  • Richard Patterson known as cg supervisor
  • Vasho Pekar known as digital compositor
  • Jeremy Price known as visual effects artist
  • Kenton Rannie known as digital compositor
  • Persis Reynolds known as visual effects executive producer: Technicolor Vancouver
  • Cabral Rock known as on-set VFX coordinator
  • Vicki Silva known as digital compositor
  • Adam Stern known as visual effects supervisor: Artifex Studios
  • Jeremy Stewart known as animator
  • Patrick Thompson known as digital compositor
  • Joel Tong known as digital compositor
  • Brent Veal known as digital compositor
  • Dmitry Vinnik known as visual effects artist
  • Jason Wilson known as visual effects artist
  • Matt Yeoman known as digital compositor
  • Sebastien Betsch known as digital painter (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 18 December 2009 (limited)
  • USA 18 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 8 September 2010 (DVD premiere) (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Sweden 29 September 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 7 October 2010
  • Spain 11 October 2010 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Spain 15 October 2010
  • Portugal 21 October 2010
  • Poland 9 December 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 7 January 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 19 January 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 22 January 2011
  • France 10 July 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 14 September 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violence, disturbing images and brief strong language



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. Mr Saxon from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    A recently divorced father (Kevin Costner) moves his teenage daughterLouisa (Ivana Baquero) and son Sam (Gattlin Griffith) to the rural townof Mercy, South Carolina for a fresh start. In the dark forest beyondtheir new house, strange noises can be heard, and soon the father comesto believe that there's something wrong with his daughter. Is itconnected to the strange mound of earth amongst the trees?

    "The New Daughter" is not a bad movie at all, but it's not especiallygreat either and that's what I found so frustrating about it. It comesso very close to being brilliant but somehow fails when it should havesucceeded. Perhaps part of the reason it fails is that it needed astronger leading man at its centre. The entire movie rests upon KevinCostner's shoulders and he seems to virtually sleepwalk through it. Theonly time you see a glimmer of emotion is when he pounds his fistsgently against a wall in one scene to show his anger. The actorsplaying the children are fine, even if they don't exhibit a lot ofemotive moments and simply go from A to B as required.

    The director does a superb job providing a growing sense of dread atthe situation, and there are a number of scenes where he employs the'less is more' approach, leaving it up to the imagination of theaudience as to what a dark shape amongst the trees might have been, orwhat might be making a strange noise behind a closed door. The moviehas a slow, moody pace similar to movies such as "Signs" and "TheOthers" which also helps to enhance the atmosphere. The special effectsin the later part of the movie are also very well done.

    In conclusion, I would have to say that "The New Daughter" is 'okay'.It's certainly worth a rental if you like slower paced psychologicalhorrors rather than the type of movie where everyone runs aroundattempting to avoid crazed killers. There's hardly any blood, and itdoes contain one of two good scares, although the plot is a bitpredictable in places. I only wish that it was more than 'okay',because all of the elements were in place to make a far better movieand that's what ultimately frustrates me.

  2. Brian Hartley from Costa Rica
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    In todays, "no imagination, every bit of story must be spelled out onscreen in action and with explosions" it is often to appreciate moviesthat make you think, draw conclusions, actually use you imagination andremember the source.

    This movie is true to the short story it is based on with a goodcinematic backdrop where the actors act, and everything isn't carriedout on a blue/green screen. Costner's portrayal was very true to theactual character which, isn't that the point of having characters andusing actors that can act.

    In a genre that is quickly becoming based only on graphic, grotesque,shocking blood and gore sequences and predictable horror and grislyeffects, this thriller is actually attractive for all the right reasonsand should be enjoyed highly by those that appreciate truehorror/thriller films as opposed to the blood soaked hacker/slashermovies that are being pumped out monthly.

  3. bgnjoe from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    There are parts of this movie that are mildly entertaining; otherwise,I'd have given it an overall 1. I know it's a formula for all horrormovies that the characters must act inexplicably stupid, but Costner'scharacter takes it to a whole new level. Without totally giving theending away, I'll just say this. Suppose for a moment that you moveinto a house that has ancient Indian burial mound in the yard thatspits out more monsters than the octo-mom. Then suppose your house isunder siege by said monsters and you're protecting your young son byblowing them away with a shotgun. Okay – I'm with you. If monsters wereattacking me (and my son) and I had a shotgun, that's probably what I'ddo. Now, suppose that your teenage daughter is seemingly possessed bythese monster things and you suspect that she has wondered out to theburial mound while you've been fending off monsters at the house. Youthen decide to abandon your young son in the house to the mercy ofattacking monsters while you go try to save your daughter. Doesn'toccur to you to get the son to safety first – you just take the gun -leave him there by himself and hope for the best. If leaving a smallchild alone in a house being attacked by hideous monsters is the choiceyou'd make, then this is your kind of movie.

  4. danahughes from USA
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    Finally a new(ish) horror movie plot. When I first thought about seeingthis, the first thing I thought was, Kevin Costner in a horror movie?But it totally works! With countless horror movies under my belt itsrare that a horror movie scares me, but this movie delivered and theplot was great! What really scares me is that about 1/4 mile from whereI live in North Carolina, there are Indian Burial Mounds. I played onthem as a child. I don't think I will be going back out to see themanytime soon.

    John James' (Kevin Costner) wife leaves him and he moves his childrento a plantation style house in South Carolina. His daughter Louisa(Ivana Baquero) and his son Sam (Gattlin Griffith) go outside to playand discover a huge mound of dirt. Louisa starts to change, herbehavior alarms her father who then seeks to find information about themound. He discovers that the previous tenant locked her daughter awayinside her room and vanished. Later the grandfather killed the girl.The ancient deities in the mound need a new queen and they have nowchosen Louisa. John rushes to save his family from the dangers in themound in this inventive and scary horror/thriller. A must see forhorror fans.

  5. Robynne T from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    I will spare you readers with the plot summary since it is alreadyavailable in many other places within this site. I will assume thatyou, the reader, just want to figure out if "The New Daughter" is worthwatching, so here goes my experience and opinion…

    It is rare these days in the midst of movies like "Saw" and "TheUnborn" to find a movie that finds something new among the old and overused. I can't tell you how long it's been since I watched a movie andthen went to bed with "one eye open" afterwards. Movies these days justdon't seem to scare me anymore. I've seen it all before. I watched thismovie with my teenage son since we always enjoy a good psychologicalthriller. I wouldn't say I was a Kevin Costner fan – although Idefinitely wouldn't warn anyone against one of his older epics – andthought it might be almost comical to see him in a thriller. I wasthinking about Mr. Brooks (the other K.C. thriller) and how that movievery much failed to impress me. But I have been occasionally surprisedby actors that hadn't before made an impact on me, so I made thepopcorn and prepared to be somewhat bored. The problem is (not exactlya problem… more of a surprise) that I WASN'T bored! In fact, I was onthe edge of my seat, and by the end of the movie I was clinging to myson, my cat, the afghan that two hours before was neatly lain acrossthe back of the sofa… I was completely creeped out!

    There is an ominous background throughout the entire movie that reallyworks. I kept thinking "This is REALLY eerie". The plot, the musicalscore, the cinematographer's grayish hue to everything, the director'sdecision to make everything very subdued, the lack of gore. All of itcomes together to make for a pretty good watch. It all just kind ofworked. Think "The Grudge" meets "The Ring" meets "Signs" meets "TheBlair Witch". The New Daughter is not a knock off of these movies, it'slike this movie takes the best parts of the aforementioned films andturns them into a brand new type of thriller.

    This is not the best thriller/horror I ever saw, but it is definitelywell worth watching. It was chilling without being disturbing. I gaveit an 8/10 for every part that was unique, and for Kevin Costner'ssurprisingly honest portrayal of a father just trying to protect hiskids. Additional kudos to Ivana Baquero as troubled Louisa James andGattlin Griffith as the innocent Sam James.

    Bottom line… Find something to cling to and enjoy The New Daughter.

  6. samkay1 from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    Up to a certain point in The New Daughter, I was reminded of Dragonfly.Both are low budget Costner films about a man dealing with a familyrelated loss which has a haunting outcome. It has been a while since Isaw Dragonfly. Nobody thought it was any good, but it is way betterthan this film. To start with the obvious, The New Daughter representswhat may be Costner's most lazy performance. It seems he has nointerest in the story whatsoever. After a while the Dragonflyconnection starts to fade away, and the movie turns into somethingelse, something worse unfortunately. The New Daughter is torpid, and isbogged down by too much content, and not enough suspense or intelligentdialogue.

    If I am gonna give the film any credit, it would be for photography.This is a gorgeously shot film, where the nights are cold, eerie andevocative, and the safety of home is warm, glowing and golden. The bestshot in the film is the last one, which barely makes up for the utterstupidity of the ending. There is much left to explain, but in the end,I don't really care.

    The New Daughter, is a spooky story, which is occasionally interestingbut is less so than it is sloppily executed, badly acted, and not worthyour money.

  7. Anonymous
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    Kevin Costner plays an author who, after a messy divorce, moves to thecountry with his kids. They purchase an old house on a ranch, and thekids discover a mysterious mound of dirt while playing in the woods. Itturns out the mound may hold a long forgotten secret of mysteriousground dwellers that practice some funky mind control.

    Sounds terrible, but this was pretty decent. Costner, who's neverturned in a bad role, is a very good hero. He was believable and didn'tgo exploring after he heard the "bumps in the night". The kids are goodas well. I wasn't too surprised to see James Gammon in the mix, it'sgood to see him around since "Appaloosa".

    (SPOILER ALERT) A lot of folks are unsatisfied with the ending, but Ireally liked it. In the picture of the family, you can see a figurestruggling out of the mound fire, and you're not quite sure if it'sCostner. Then, one of the creatures comes up behind the boy.

    I thought the ending was very interesting. It leaves the fate ofCostner and his son in the air, and I thought that was a much betterending than "They all lived happily ever after" or something like that.

    This was a cool movie, good acting, decent horror, kind of slow-moving.Goes great with popcorn and a couple buddies or a spouse/girlfriend.

  8. Greg ( from Oakville, Ontario
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    In The New Daughter, Academy Award winner Kevin Costner plays a writerwho moves with his two children to a large home in South Carolina. ButJohn's (Costner) attempt at a fresh start is hampered by John (KevinCostner) is a recently divorced writer than moves with his two childrenLouisa (Ivana Baquero) and Sam (Gattlin Griffith) to a large remotehome in South Carolina to attempt a fresh start. But the adolescentLouisa is hardly impressed and blames her father for her uprooting.Without yet having established new friends, Louisa finds comfort in alarge mound that is located on the property. The mound is curious inits existence and seems to have a power over the young girl. Even whengrounded due to increasing bizarre behavior, Louisa sneaks out to spendtime in the mud and leaves that make up the front yard heap.

    John feels as if he is failing as a father until he begins to learn ofthe shocking secret of the home and former house owner that may have aconnection to his daughter's increasing belligerent and violentbehavior. Upon investigation, John finds out that the mound is actuallyan ancient burial ground that contains an evil that threatens the lifeof his family. But his attempt to bulldoze and destroy the mass onlyunleashes devilish creatures that come after his family like antsprotecting their home.

    The New Daughter was a surprise to this reviewer. It was surprise firstthat Kevin Costner elected to participate in his first horror film in aresume that lists over 45 individual films. But even more of a surprisewas that his attached involvement in the film didn't catapult the filmto a distribution or any fanfare when it hit the DVD shelves.

    The directorial debut by Luis Berdejo (writer of REC and Quarantine)The New Daughter is hardly a bad film even if it is a tad uninspiredand predictable in its attempt to build suspense. Costner is definitelycommitted to his role as confused protector and father figure and hispresence in the film gives credibility to a fairly conventional horrorfilm.

    Towards the final chapters of the film we are introduced to the DelToro like creatures that live in the dirt tunnels under the mound.Although their reveal is expected, one cannot help but wonder if thestory would have been more effective if the evil remained unexposed orimplied.

    Considering the amount of inferior horror films that hit theatres inmass each month and contain equal parts bad acting and routine slasherkills, The New Daughter is above the meridian. There are few kills inthe film ( a cat, a babysitter ), but they are effectively spaced outand it was refreshing to see a horror try and develop a story ratherthan increase a body count (even if the overall results were a mixedbag).

    The New Daughter is one of those perfect movies to fall into late oneSaturday night when nothing else is readily available. It isn't exactlypulse-pounding as the DVD cover would want you to believe, but it isworth a viewing and deserved a better fate than being a forgotten entryin Costner's history without even being properly presented in the firstplace.

  9. Geoff Buss from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    After reading that this movie was being made I thought the worst….howmany times have we seen an "A" list star lower themselves to the levelof cheap, made for TV quality horror films which just seem to spend allof their budget paying for said star power & not actually being able tospring for some quality script or effects…well; let me introduce youto "The New Daughter".

    Firstly I would say that the money spent on getting a top quality actorsuch as Kevin Costner was well spent…he grounded this movie with hislaconic, home town American drawl & really pulled me into the emotionalheart of this film. The class of Costner's performance was exhibited nomore finely than in the scenes where he was desperately searching foranswers to his fears…his acting critics, who have in the past accusedhim of being "wooden" (& much worse) should see this film & re-evaluatetheir opinions of this fine actor.

    The children were also good & it was wonderful to see the great JamesGammon in a quirky & pivotal supporting role.

    Usually in this kind of film, the "bad guy" (for want of a better term)tends to end up some lame, crappy alien or a figment of the charactersimagination & the ending lets down a strong set up & middle section. In"The New daughter" however, the screenplay is strong & quality right upto the very final few seconds which had me sitting back in my chairsaying out loud…"NO WAY!"

    I think Costner fans will rejoice at seeing this timeless Americanperformer once again showing us the kind of less is better charisma thelikes of which we haven't seen since the halcyon days of Steve McQueen& Paul Newman & the Costner detractors should swallow their pride &give him a chance…he may just surprise you.

    7 out of 10.

  10. knoxbox from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 2:24 am

    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 thatis 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, anddoesn't seem as far fetched as aliens.

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

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

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