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The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)

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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 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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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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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Took nearly 17 months to get an official USA release by A24 after playing at numerous film festivals. 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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Believe In God
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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Not Picnic
27 September 2016 | by begobSee all my reviews

What if two girls, strangers to each other, were abandoned by their parents just as their boarding school closed for winter break? And there was something creepy going on in the backstory? Let's find out.

Icily atmospheric and bleak, eventually bloody and without mercy. The timeline is diced up, so you're mostly guessing about who did what to whom and why. The story is interesting but not fully developed, so I was left hanging between The Dead Girl with Britney Murphy and The Ward by Carpenter.

The performances are good, but the dialogue is mostly exposition and empty Q&A sessions (often with no A), so character development is minimal.

Photography and locations are good, although I have no idea what American cinema will do without exteriors of cars coming to a halt.

There is one major problem that ruins the movie: the music. It casts an eerie spell, but manages to interrupt everything. Ringing telephone in the dark? Cue the music. Disembodied spooky voice? Actor trying to act? Just smother it in music. Total overkill by the experienced music editor who has worked with this director before.

Overall: interesting effort, but the music makes it stink when you take the wrapper off.


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