The students of Bradford Academy are all leaving to spend winter break with their families…everyone except bizarro Kat and Catholic School Rizzo surrogate Rose; ‘cuz their parents apparently give less than two shits about them and fail to show up to spirit them away. The girls are now left alone at the perpetually grey and dour school where they have an uneventful stay until their parents arrive. The end. Okay, that’s complete nonsense as I forgot to mention, there’s some sort of malevolent force haunting the school, so supernatural shenanigans abound six ways to Sunday. Adding to the goings-on is a mysterious woman named Joan who is hellbent for Bradford; though why she wants to get there is unclear at first…but trust me when you find out it’s a real corker!
Unlike ol’ Atomica above; The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a slow-burn fright flick done right! Dripping with atmosphere, creeptastic tension (those pregnant pauses!), and off-kilter characters, this film is definitely my cup of terror tea! Writer/Director Oz Perkins masterfully weaves a yarn full of unease, sadness, and surreal mystery that is second to none, and the film is so good I would marry that man…if I wasn’t already married…and not attracted to dudes…but I digress; he’s a genius and this flick is grade A F’n rad (put that on your upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release; I dare you)!
Also worth noting is the superb acting on display; not only by the leads Lucy Boynton and Kiernan Shipka (as Rose and Kat respectively), but also from genre vet James Remar, Lauren Holly, and even Emma Roberts (whose work I’ve enjoyed in American Horror Storyand loathed in Scream Queens); every one is game to deliver absolutely bizarre performances which only enhance this nightmare made cinematic reality.
This is the part where I’d lay the negatives up on ya; but this flick seriously has none in my opinion…I guess if I absolutely had to say something bad about The Blackcoat’s Daughter it’s that you really have to pay attention to it or you may get lost in the twists n’ turns…but if you are watching a damn movie you should be paying attention to it anyway!
To sum it all up The Blackcoat’s Daughter is slow burn, ’70’s style occultism done to a turn, and it absolutely shouldn’t be missed!