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New Daughter, The (DVD Review)

9 May, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 5/18/10
Anchor Bay
$29.98 DVD, $34.98 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for thematic material including violence, disturbing images and brief strong language.
Stars Kevin Costner, Ivana Baquero, Gattlin Griffith.

The New Daughter is the latest film from the Spanish screenwriter behind the horror films [REC] and Quarantine. This time Luis Berdejo is directing a screenplay by John Travis (The Haunting of Molly Hartley).

Kevin Costner stars as John, a novelist whose wife has just left him. He has decided to move his children out of the city and into a new house in South Carolina. Soon after moving in, the family hears strange noises around the house, and daughter Louisa starts acting in bizarre manner.

Louisa’s behavior is tied to her attraction to a burial mound in the backyard. Trying to figure out what is wrong with his daughter and his house, John researches the peculiar mounds. He eventually must fight to keep his family safe and alive.

Disappointingly, Costner phones in his performance here, while the talented Ivana Baquero (the Goya Award-winning actress from Pan’s Labyrinth) steals every scene she’s in with her intensity and presence.

It’s great to see a thriller with a new kind of twisted plot and concept other than the usual ghosts and mass murderers. However, most of the film is really slow, taking its time to build the tension and saving all the action for the last act. The abrupt ending, if you’re not paying attention closely enough, could totally be missed. It’s also left a little open to the imagination.

Extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette and deleted scenes, some of which answer some trivial questions left in the film.

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