The Daisy Chain

The Daisy Chain

Aisling Walsh (2008)

18 Certificate


Our Score
The wilds of Ireland provide an imposing and suitably bleak backdrop for this otherwise uninspiring twist on the "evil kid" movie. Combined with a mournful score, they alone give the slow and predictable horror thriller its atmosphere, as bland couple Samantha Morton and Steven Mackintosh become embroiled in a series of strange occurrences after taking in a troubled local orphan (impressive youngster Mhairi Anderson) who's believed to be a fairy changeling. Whether community opinion is right is up to the audience to decide, since the unrealistic events remain not just ambiguous but often frustratingly unclear. Ultimately, director Aisling Walsh (Song for a Raggy Boy) neglects the already weak plot and its themes of superstition, motherhood and loss; instead focusing excessively on Anderson's creepily expressive face. As a result, key moments have limited impact, with the climax proving particularly underwhelming.


A couple move to a remote village to recover from the death of their baby. They agree to take in an autistic girl whose parents have died, despite warnings from the locals that she is an evil spirit. As a series of disturbing events befalls them, they begin to fear the stories are true. Horror, starring Samantha Morton and Steven Mackintosh.

Cast & Crew

Martha Conroy Samantha Morton
Tomas Conroy Steven Mackintosh
Daisy Gahan Mhairi Anderson
Sean Cryan David Bradley (2)
Cat Eva Birthistle
Shay Brendan McCormack
Director Aisling Walsh
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and swearing.