The New Daughter

Synopsis: John James is a writer; his wife has left him. He moves with his middle-school aged daughter and young son 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.
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): Luiso Berdejo
Production: Anchor Bay
  1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
5.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
33%
PG-13
Year:
2009
108 min
Website
71 Views


[croaking]

[Man]

There it is.

- [Boy] Real big.

- Mm.

Want to go in first?

- Really?

- I don't see why not.

Are you coming?

[cat meows]

So?

So what?

So what do you... what do you think?

You already know what I think.

[door opens]

[Boy]

I did it, Dad!

That's great.

Lou!

[meow]

They're here!

- Dad, we don't have any milk.

- I know. I'm sorry.

I didn't realize

that no one in town delivers.

Hmm?

And you forgot Marmalade's litter box.

I'll go into town tomorrow,

and I'll pick one up.

Uhh!

Uhh!

No, thank you.

I'm finished.

[meow]

We're finished.

[meow]

Well...

girls don't like jerky.

Mm-mm.

For dinner.

Uhh!

[knock on door]

[door opens]

[meow]

You going to unpack tomorrow, hon?

How are you going to do this?

Do what?

Be our father.

You don't have much practice.

I guess, um...

I guess we'll find out.

What are you writing?

A letter to Mom.

"Thanks for abandoning us.

You're a slut,

and your new boyfriend is a shit head. "

Well...

I agree with, uh, the second part.

Did you ever even love her?

Excuse me?

You didn't do anything. You let her go.

She made a decision, Louisa, okay?

I couldn't stop her.

But if you cared enough, you would have.

There was nothing I could do, honey.

And your mother...

your mother isn't a slut.

Fine.

I don't want you using that word anymore.

Fine.

Fine.

[knock on door]

Can I come in?

Mm-hmm.

Wow.

You, uh...

you really did some work in here.

All by myself.

Yeah. All by yourself.

That's great. Thank you.

Louisa doesn't like it here.

Yeah.

What about you?

I like it if you like it.

I think it'll be good for us.

Is Mommy going to visit?

Maybe, if she saw

how much work I did unpacking,

she might.

Maybe you'll see her for Christmas.

- Okay? Good night.

- Good night.

Daddy?

Daddy!

Yeah?

You have to leave the door open a little.

Oh.

Sorry.

Daddy's, uh, forgetting a lot lately, huh?

- Good night.

- Good night.

[roaring in distance]

[heart beating]

[heartbeat continues]

[screaming in distance]

You excited about

your first day of school tomorrow?

Yep.

You going to have some fun?

Yep.

Yeah. Good.

Well, good morning.

I couldn't sleep.

It was too quiet, and it was too dark.

This place sucks.

Please don't use that word.

- Doesn't mean what you think.

- I know what it means.

Okay, then really, don't use it.

[whispering]

What does sucks mean?

## [random keys on piano]

[Man]

John, how are the children?

They're missing their mom,

but we're doing okay.

I hope there will be

a good therapist there.

[laughing]

Yeah.

You never know

when your daughter needs one.

Yeah, I'd say we're all

staring at some therapy.

Well, anyway, how's the book coming?

When are we going to see some changes?

- The writing?

- Yeah.

Well, the writing's, uh...

the writing's coming great.

- Yeah, John?

- Yeah, it's coming great.

I think I've already got

the first couple of chapters done.

[pounding on keys]

How about I call you in a couple of weeks

when I have something to show you?

- Sounds good, John.

- Good.

Bye.

Huh.

[thumping]

- [Louisa] Sam!

- I just found it.

Sam, put that down!

- Louisa...

- Daddy!

Daddy!

Sam, put that down.

Louisa, I just found it.

Sam!

Point that at the ground.

I need for you

to listen to me very carefully.

Louisa, come on.

I... I was playing the piano.

I want you to bend your knees, Sam.

I want you to bend your knees

and gently, gently lay that on the ground.

- It was in there.

- [rifle cocks]

Sam, that's all right.

- That's okay.

- I'm going to tell...

Everything's all right.

You're not in trouble.

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