The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

The devil is in the details…

 Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

Previously known in the festival circuit as February, before its title change to the much preferred title of The Blackcoat’s Daughter. Oz Perkins’ directorial debut has finally been released, weirdly after his sophomore film I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House.

There is no question, Perkins definitely has style and an unconventional approach to storytelling, similar to Pretty Thing his debut thrives on moody texture and throughout there lingers a sense of dread. Everything about the film oozes with style, the bleak backdrop of the cold dark landscape is undeniably gorgeous. The sound design is chilling; as discordant violin scrapes suffocate every scene with ominous gravity.

The films real strength is in its three leading ladies, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts whose superb performances create noise for such a quite movie. The story itself in an interesting take on the sub genre of possession although this one is definitely not hand fed to its audience. Unfortunately, the film treads the line of being somewhat painfully slow.

This moody atmospheric slow burner creates a haunting gothic experience and its violence is viciously surprising. Although it isn’t enough for the casual horror movie goer who will quickly run out of patience and not be able to appreciate the remarkable final minute.

6.0 / 10

“Do you believe in God, Joan?”

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