When the calendar page turns to October, we Rejects have only one thought: horror. To celebrate this grandest and darkest of months, we’ll cover one excellent horror film a day for the entirety of the month. That’s 31 Days of Horror and 31 Films perfect for viewing on a dark, chilly, October night. If you, like us, love horror and Halloween, give us a Hell Yeah and keep coming every day this month for a new dose of adrenaline.
Synopsis: John (Costner) moves his two children to a house well outside of town, looking to escape the pain of his recent divorce. His troubled teenage daughter Louisa seeks solace in the woods behind surrounding the house, but after she becomes infatuated with a mysterious mound and begins acting strangely, things at the home go from strained to strange.
Killer Scene: Without giving away too much, the entire last twenty or thirty minutes of the movie is awesome and unexpected. To give you a taste, let’s just say Kevin Costner grabs his shotgun, messes some shit up, and then goes out to take care of that mound once and for all, via violence!
Violence: The New Daughter opts for the atmospheric and creepy route, so it’s not overly violent, but the shotgun does come into play and we see a dead cat, severed limbs, and a few different bloody injuries, but don’t watch this to get your fill of violence.
Sex: Considering pretty much the entire cast is either Kevin Costner or some underaged kids, there is nothing here that should arouse your tender loins. So a big fat zero in this department.
Scares: More creepy than scary, this direct to DVD thriller did have enough scares to put it into theaters- I have no idea why it never made it to the big screen. There is a bunch of creepy daughter some stuff and the last minutes are tense and full of spooky sounds, creepy images, and little nasty things in the dark.
Final Thoughts: This is a damn fine flick that only stutters once or twice and it’s a shame that so few people have seen it. When you’re not in the mood for an epic array of boobies, blood, and lopped off limbs, reach for The New Daughter to have a creepy night in. You’ll get more than what you expect, guaranteed. After all, this was a direct to home video release, but you get great acting from Costner, an interesting story, and very high production values.
Editor’s Note: That sounds official, right? Anyways, friend and confidant Luke Mullen has informed me that The New Daughter did get a limited theatrical run. I can’t find any box office numbers or information on screens played, but it did go to theaters. But you still didn’t see it, so go rent it.