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Ghost Canyon

'The New Daughter'
(Kevin Costner, Gattlin Griffith, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2009) 2010 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: Academy AwardŽ winner Kevin Costner stars in this brand-new thriller as John, a newly divorced father who moves into a rural South Carolina home with his adolescent daughter Louisa and young son Sam. But when Louisa begins to behave in a bizarre and increasingly violent manner, John must uncover the truth behind her transformation. Is the former owner s shocking secret to blame? And how far will a father go to protect his daughter from an ancient evil determined to take her over?

DVD: Being that this had a (very) limited theatrical release and then made an even quicker appearance onto DVD, well, that usually barks big time at me: "Stay away from me! I am a paycheck mistake!"

That said, and with me still holding firm to my belief that somewhere within Costner lies a very decent actor, the whole flow of 'The New Daughter' was absolute chaos! Ant people associated with Native American mounds?! Purlease! That was an insult to my ancestors who built these mounds in the south!

And, what was with the spiders in the doll? What did that have to do with ants? What was the relevance of those nest-looking things in the closet? Not to mention the total misperceptions placed on Native American ancient history of the mounds? Come on, there was no consistency or flow to the actual scary parts of this movie.

In addition, what were the bites on her back? Were they spider bites? Were they ant bites? All in all this movie lacked all of the necessary ingredients that make a quality movie. I hope that Costner's agent finds more quality roles for him or that he gets fired!

Furthermore, I hope that Ivana Baquero either develops an acting range or completely gets out of acting and does something useful - like host bland encounter group seminars. I feel sorry for all of those people who spent their hard earned money on viewing this in the theatres, and who might well have already picked this up to rent, or, God forbid, buy! [RM] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.