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The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)

February (original title)
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Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joan
... Kat
... Rose
... Bill
... Linda
Greg Ellwand ... Father Brian
... Ms. Prescott
... Mrs. Drake
Peter James Haworth ... Mr. Gordon
... Lizzy
... Rick (as Peter Gray)
... Ranger
Rose Gagnon ... Dawn the Secretary
Ronda Louis-Jeune ... Waitress
Cameron Preyde ... Nettle Ned
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Two Catholic schoolgirls Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) get left behind at their boarding school over winter break as the other girls leave, where it's rumored that the nuns are satanists. Meanwhile, a disturbed mental patient Joan (Emma Roberts), an escapee, is picked up by an elderly couple (James Remar and Lauren Holly) who drive her on a determined trip to the same school, where the girls must face the supernatural and demonic possession. Written by InternetGhost

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Abandoned as a child. Raised by the dark. See more »

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Rated R for brutal bloody violence and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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16 February 2017 (USA)  »

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$12,402, 31 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,980, 7 April 2017
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Initially titled "February" after the month of the year in which story takes place. See more »

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The length of Joan's haircut changes throughout the film. See more »

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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2017 Movie Catch-up: Part 2 (2018) See more »

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Dial The Darkestra / Draked / Dream Redux
Written by Elvis Perkins
Mixed by Jesse Lauter
Performed by Elvis Perkins, Mitchell Robe, Danielle Aykroyd, Robert Caldwell, John Rosenthal, Otto Hauser, Paul Jasmin, Greg Wilk & Oz Perkins
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February is a flawed film. It is also a fantastic film.
15 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

February is a flawed film. It is also a fantastic film.

It takes place in the middle of a cold, snowy Canadian winter at an all-girls boarding school. The winter break is approaching and all the girls are picked up by their parents to spend a week at home. The exception is Kat (Kiernan Shipka), a very young girl whose parents don't show up and she begins to fear them dead, and Rose (Lucy Boynton), an older girl who has lied to her parents because she wanted to spend the break alone at the school. As time goes on, Kat gets more and more worried about her parents and acting stranger and stranger. Meanwhile, a couple of towns over, another young lady, Joan (Emma Roberts), escapes from a mental institution. She seems to be on the move toward the boarding school where the other two girls are. I would advise against seeing trailers or looking up anything further about the plot, this movie is best experienced with no preconceptions of the sub-genre or where it is going, because it leaves you most open to what it tries to do.

The magic of this movie is mostly in its extremely distinct mood, an almost undefinable aura or quality to it. All of the aspects of film making mirror the cold, snowy winter - music, the pace, the character interactions. The characters speak lazily, morbidly to each other, everything has a hint of cold tension underneath it. I've never seen a horror movie with this particular type of mood, and I always welcome unique experiences.

The script is also expertly crafted. I like how subtly the mystery is revealed to the viewer - it is not spoon-fed at any point, and it is quite well-concealed for at least the first half of the movie. We only get pieces that almost seem impossible to fit together, yet they come together in a perfectly obvious and coherent conclusion. On top of that, the story radiates an overwhelming sadness which elicited a very strong emotional response from me personally. Mostly due to Shipka's amazing acting, which stole every scene (the other two girls are great too, just overshadowed by the youngest cast member). She really captures the desolate emptiness required of her role.

The flaws are really mostly superficial, and a product of the fact that the movie was made by a relatively young cast. The director clearly has a good eye for morbid beauty, and he has made a movie that is much more artistic than the average horror, but I still found that some of his stylistic choices were cheesier and more generic than he seems to think they were. He's still a very talented guy, he just needs to find a more humble and grounded balance between innovation and reference. Still can't wait until he makes another horror though, I will definitely be following him!


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