Beautiful and haunted Joan (Emma Roberts) makes a bloody and determined pilgrimage across a frozen landscape toward a prestigious all-girls prep school, where Rose (Lucy Boynton) and Kat (Kiernan Shipka) find themselves stranded after their parents mysteriously fail to retrieve them for winter break. As Joan gets closer, Rose watches in horror while Kat suffers terrifying visions and becomes possessed by an unseen force.
What We Thought:
For a while I wasn’t thinking much of A Blackcoat’s Daughter. It felt like a lot of prep school films and I kept waiting for something to happen. Then the pieces started to fall together and it turned out to be a pretty solid film.
I think Kiernan Shipka is good, little actress. I liked her on Mad Men and I’m glad to see she’s playing age appropriate characters. She was great as Sally Draper on the AMC show and because she handled the role quite well I thought they might have her playing older characters by now. She’s a high school aged girl in this and that’s good. Emma Roberts can be hit or miss for me, but she’s not bad in this.
Lucy Boynton continues to impress me. I first noticed her in Sing Street (which I loved) and she’s good in this as well. With continued impressive performances, I’ll be keeping an eye on her especially now that she has more and more work coming out.
Even though I’m not sure I understood what was happening to Shipka’s character, the fact that the movie took its time to reveal the overlapping story was smart. I won’t spoil who exactly the characters are, but I like that the synopsis really doesn’t hint at it either. It would be very easy to spoil and that would ruin the movie itself.
The movie is more a supernatural film than horror flick. I was expecting horror, but I’m not sure why. The title doesn’t explain anything and I honestly have no idea what it even means.
I don’t want to hint too much at what happens in The Blackcoat’s Daughter because the less you know the better. I will say it stars 3 very good young actresses who are good in the film. Go in to the film knowing as little as possible and give it time to develop and it should surprise you.
- Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Osgood Perkins
- “The Dead of Winter: Making The Blackcoat’s Daughter” Featurette
Cast & Crew:
- Emma Roberts
- Lucy Boynton
- Kiernan Shipka
- James Remar