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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.

Director:

Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)

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Oz Perkins (as Osgood Perkins)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Roberts ... Joan
Kiernan Shipka ... Kat
Lucy Boynton ... Rose
James Remar ... Bill
Lauren Holly ... Linda
Greg Ellwand Greg Ellwand ... Father Brian
Elana Krausz ... Ms. Prescott
Heather Tod Mitchell ... Mrs. Drake
Peter James Haworth Peter James Haworth ... Mr. Gordon
Emma Holzer ... Lizzy
Peter J. Gray ... Rick (as Peter Gray)
Matthew Stefiuk ... Ranger
Rose Gagnon Rose Gagnon ... Dawn the Secretary
Ronda Louis-Jeune Ronda Louis-Jeune ... Waitress
Cameron Preyde Cameron Preyde ... Nettle Ned
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Storyline

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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She returns. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Blackcoat's Daughter See more »

Filming Locations:

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$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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As Joan starts to stab Linda to death in the car after slicing Bill's throat, the stabs clearly don't penetrate skin or leave holes in the clothing before the shot quickly cuts away. 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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Outcantation {The Blackcoat's Daughter}
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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Mesmerising
12 February 2017 | by ozyhmandias792See all my reviews

Much appreciated. Sophisticated and subtle. Great job in the sound department.

Those who have not witnessed Kiernan Shipka's talent in "Mad Men" will surely find here some convincing material to make up their minds. The other two main actresses were also remarkable, however for exclusively aesthetic reasons, I must add.

Concerning the plot, I believe it is important to emphasize its non linear nature : a key element to reconstruct the overall "Stimmung".

I must criticize the trailer, despite having been convinced by it to approach the movie in the first place; the allusions to "erotic charge" are deeply misleading and cast a negative influence on the viewers, distracting them from the main, yet hidden, theme of the movie : the Occult. I rarely experienced a more discrete and effectively symbolic handling of such a complicated and debated matter. The way the Occult's first appearance on the scene is connected to the principal plot twist is also deeply satisfying. The final scenes also need to be focused on : they both bring the missing pieces in the plot and offer an open, surprising end.

My only critic would regard the excessive abundance of implicit hermeticism : some traits of the story could and should have been properly expanded (Kat's parents, some more details about Rose, a more complete view of the boarding school, the true origins of Kat's "sickness", just to make a few examples).


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