Writer and director Oz Perkins brings a new take to the possession genre with his new film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter.
By Adam Holtzapfel
The Blackcoat’s Daughter tells the story of what happens when two girls are left alone at their boarding school during winter break.
Perkins script and direction brings an eerie feeling lasting the length of the film. Starring Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, and James Remar the acting stands out.
At the beginning we learn that Kat (Kiernan Shipka) has lost her mother in a car accident when she sees her father. From there we see her as withdrawn as Rose (Lucy Boynton) is asked to look after her until each of their parents arrive. As the film progresses we see a separate story with Joan (Emma Roberts) who is hitchhiking to Portsmouth. She is picked up by Bill (James Remar) and Linda (Lauren Holly). As we see Bill’s story and how it intertwines with Kat & Rose’s it’s sure to throw viewers for a loop.
What works for The Blackcoat’s Daughter is the direction, the acting, and some great fx. What kind of hindered it for me at times was the 95 minute run time kind of made the story feel a little disjointed, not enough to ruin the film, but enough to make me want to see it fleshed out a little more.
If you’re a fan of possession films this is definitely worth checking it out. If I had to give it a rating it would be 3 upside down crosses out of 5.
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