The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

Poster The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)

The Blackcoat’s Daughter

Here’s one that’s been around since 2015 but for some reason A24 pushed back its release till 2017 on video on demand. I’m a fan of Emma Roberts so I thought watching her in a horror film would be worth checking out (since I enjoyed her in Scream 4). Release date flub aside, I think this was a solid film. Its a slow build but I think the film is quite atmospheric and is mysterious enough to keep you engaged and inquisitive all the way through.

It’ll be hard to actually describe the plot of this film without actually spoiling key aspects of the film. The film revolves around three young girls in a setting of a Catholic school and grizzly murders that take place. Let’s also say that demonic possession is in the play in the film. While that may sound generic, the film manages to stay refreshing throughout. Its a slow burn but the build is impressive. You start to wonder where the puzzles fit into place and once you finish the film you can’t help but feel impressed with what was witnessed.

Kiernan Shipka is definitely a talent. She was honestly one of the best parts of Mad Men playing a feisty and rather complex Sally Draper. I then saw her hold her own in the remake of Flowers in the Attic. I think she’ll be in much more. A combo of Roberts and Shipka (who aren’t really ever on the screen together) were able to bring forth an independent horror/thriller effort that gives the viewers a fun experience. Its not exactly scary, but I think is impressive in its own right for how its able to suck in viewers with minimum effort.

7/10

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