Two terrified girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break in this chilling and suspenseful horror film.
Starring: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lauren Holly, and Lucy Boynton
Directed and written by: Osgood Perkins
“The Blackcoat’s Daughter” is the tale of two stories coming together. The movie starts off with the story of a young girl, Katherine (Kiernan Shipka), getting left behind at boarding school over winter break. She seems like a nice, shy girl, but maybe a little troubled. She’s not the only one left behind, as an older girl named Rose (Lucy Boynton) is tasked with watching her. Rose isn’t exactly thrilled with having to do this, as she’s got more important things to do.
The audience is then introduced to another story, this one being about a girl named Joan (Emma Roberts). There’s definitely something wrong with her, but she’s pretty quiet and wants to keep to herself so it’s hard to tell what’s going. She does have some crazy flashbacks that eventually begin to add up to something bad. After traveling to a new town, she’s left with no ride until a couple, particularly the husband (James Remer), decides to help her out.
The movie flips back and forth between these girl’s stories giving the audience a few pieces of the puzzle at a time. It continual builds an incredible tension, as the audience will soon enough figure that something bad is bound to happen. While it takes some time to get there, it’s well worth the wait to see exactly what these girls do. It’s much more brutal, and crazy than the audience might have thought when the girls are first introduced.
Even though Joan is a quiet character, Emma Roberts does a fantastic job of hiding just how disturbed her character is. Kiernan equally does a fabulous job of turning Katherine from a normal looking girl into just being flat out creepy. Both actresses do a great job when the brutality of their characters comes out. Not to be lost in the mix is Lucy’s great performance as Rose. While her character might not have the secrets the others have, she does leave a little mystery behind her.
Overall, there are a few simple words to describe “The Blackcoat’s Daughter.” One word is intense, as the intensity constantly builds as each girls’ stories progresses. Another word is brutal, as what each girl does is totally unexpected, but well worth the wait for horror fans. The final word is mystery, as there’s mystery behind all three of these girls the entire time. While some of that mystery might be easy to figure out, there’s always something more going on. With that, I give this must see movie 4 pools of blood.
*The Blackcoat’s Daughter was shown at the PopcornFrights Film Festival