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You Can Finally See ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’, My Second Favorite Horror Film of 2015

2017 indie horror

If it weren’t for It Follows, my favorite horror film of 2015 would have been Osgood Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter (read my review), which I saw back in September of that year (under the title of February) at its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s been on the shelf for so long that Perkins has since wrote, filmed and saw the release (via Netflix) of his second feature film, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, before this. That’s a full bucket of “what the fucks”.

Well, the satanic thriller is allegedly finally getting a release, first on February 16th on DirecTV, and then in limited theaters on March 31st.

Starring Emma Roberts (“American Horror Story”, “Scream Queens”) and Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men,” Carriers):

“A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, ‘The Blackcoat’s Daughter’ centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story—that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensefully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.”

Principal photography took place in Ottawa on the film written and directed by Osgood Perkins, son of legendary Psycho actor Anthony Perkins.

EW shared these new images.

[H/T] EW



  • WoodsboroKiller

    This has been on Netflix UK for a while. Didn’t except much, didn’t get much, but found myself totally mesmerised by it. Can’t say the same for IATPTTLITH (Jesus!), sadly. But people who rag on Emma Roberts should check this out and see that the girl is pretty versatile; she isn’t only good at playing the bitch.

  • Finally! Bummed it’s not getting a wide release, though one of my local theaters usually shows A24’s stuff so…fingers crossed.

  • Not a lot of story in this one but the acting and atmosphere are all phenomenal!

    • Mehliens

      I thought it was an ok film. Many missed opportunities for greatness in this one. But I enjoyed watching it just for the somber creepy atmosphere

  • Richter Belmont

    One of the best slow burn films I’ve ever seen!

  • Chaybee

    My 3rd favorite movie of 2016. Loved it.

  • Even though I found a lot to like about Osgood’s other film, I kind of wish that Netflix had optioned for this one instead, because it’s superior in nearly every way. In my top five of the year.

  • Mr. Screamer

    I want to watch this because Emma Roberts.

    • Saturn

      Yup, Miss Roberts is going to become a big star.
      Absolutely love her in Scream Queens – hopefully we’ll get a 3rd season.

      • Mr. Screamer

        She was great in Scream 4 too.
        I sure hope so, I can’t get enough of the cast and the dialogue. 🙂

        • RIP-REL

          I feel like she didn’t get enough recognition for what she did in Scream 4. It takes some good acting to be that batshit crazy. I totally fell for her from this movie on.

          • Mr. Screamer


  • Paul Emms

    Saw it via UK Netflix, is one of the messiest and dullest horror films I think ive ever seen. Well shot i’ll give it that, but its a hollow bag of arse

  • The_Gentleman

    FANTASTIC film. Pretty Thing is in my top ten for this year. I didn’t list this for ’16, when I saw it, but it’ll probably be there as a ’17 release. I want to know when I can buy a Blu Ray as I prefer to still purchase physical media for things I like.

  • AriesSiren

    I hope it’s good because that pretty thing film was boring as hell and unbearable to watch

    • Paul Emms

      This is worse by a fucking light year

  • J Jett

    i’m definitely going to check this movie out. it sounds pretty interesting!

  • J Jett

    i literally just got through watching BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER 10
    minutes ago and….it’s um….what did i just watch? LOL. the story i
    guess went over my head because i found it confusing (who Emma’s
    character may or may not be in relation to the other character(s), etc.
    etc.). i don’t know what i feel about that film.i’m going to
    watch (hopefully tonight) I AM THE PRETTY THING tonight and then i can
    know for sure if i like Oz Perkins’s directing/writing or not.. i didn’t love (or like all that much) BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER.

    • 1EyeJack

      Hello Jett,
      I watched… ahem… attempted to watch I Am The Pretty Thing and thought it was pretty damn terrible. Slow and annoying. Maybe you’ll like it better – let me know your thoughts. Regardless, I am still interested in seeing Blackcoat’s Daughter.

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