With religion, schoolgirls, and blood splatter taking center stage in the trailer for The Blackcoat’s Daughter, it would be easy to write this off as another standard horror entry. But the film comes from Oz Perkins, who transitioned in recent years from acting to writing and directing, and his original work has been anything but standard.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter is, in fact, his first directorial effort, but due to a long delay before release audiences have already had the chance to seen his followup, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House. That title is a mouthful but the film is an exercise in restraint, relying on trustworthy archetypes, an antiquated house, and a little flair to build dread. Some people (myself included) were not into its glacial pace, but the film had such great style that it succeeded in piquing interest for future projects.
And so enters Blackcoat’s Daughter, which debuted to strong buzz at 2015’s Toronto International Film Festival under the title February. A24 and DirecTV quickly picked it up, and after a name change and a year of festival runs, its finally being released to general audiences. Those that have seen it are lavishing praise for the same style choices that made Pretty Thing so intriguing, but there’s a sense from the trailer that there’s more plot to Blackcoat’s Daughter.
That’s not to say that this will be a jam-packed film. Blackcoat’s Daughter looks like methodical horror, which might explain A24’s delay in releasing it. It already had the similarly paced movie The Witch last year, and the audience for these two films seem similar. Spacing out their release makes sense, and considering the success they had with The Witch almost exactly a year ago, we could be looking at another arthouse hit.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter is directed by Oz Perkins and stars Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, and Lauren Holly. It will be available in the U.S. to DirecTV users on February 16th, 2017 and will be released theatrically on March 31st, 2017. It is already available online in the U.K. For further release dates, click here.
Do you think The Blackcoat’s Daughter will effectively balance pace and style? Let us know in the comments!