Character: Kate

Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra

Written by: David Leslie Johnson

Produced by: Joel Silver, Susan Downey, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson Killoran

Cast Members: July 24, 2009

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Duration: 2h 3min

Devastated by the loss of their unborn baby, Kate and John decide to adopt a child. At the orphanage, both feel drawn to a little girl named Esther, and soon the couple take their new daughter home. But when a dangerous series of events unfolds, Kate begins to suspect that there is something evil lurking behind the child's angelic exterior.


→ There’s something wrong with Esther.
→ Can you keep a secret?
→ You’ll never guess her secret
→ Evil has a new home.


♦ Isabelle Fuhrman developed an interest in knitting from watching Vera Farmiga pass time on knitting film during breaks in filming.
♦ When Kate is writing and playing music on her piano, she is actually composing a suite for Max and Jessica. This scene was originally longer, and Vera Farmiga, herself a skilled pianist, was reportedly furious at director Jaume Collet-Serra for editing it down. She hoped the full scene would be included on the DVD (it was not).
♦ Vera Farmiga said that the film was appealing in so many ways, but largely because she got “a paycheck, for once,” and because she wanted to work with Peter Sarsgaard.

Script developed by Never Enough Design