The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

Written and directed by Oz Perkins. Starring Kiernan Shipka, Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly and James Remar.

Plot: two stories in two different timelines, come together in a terrifying way.

I am unsure why, but I wanted to see this. I suppose I thought it looked interesting. DJ did not think the same and did not watch it with me. I feel like I say this a lot, but I will say it again, he was correct to stay away and I wish I had too.

First, you meet Katherine (Shipka), who seems very strange and Rose (Boynton), who believes she’s pregnant. They stay at a boarding school and are unfortunately both spending their winter break there. Katherine’s parents never came to pick her up and Rose lies to her parents in order to buy herself some time to deal with the pregnancy. Not knowing Rose’s situation, the headmaster asks her to look after the younger Katherine. She goes out with her boyfriend instead, to tell him about the suspected pregnancy.

Later, you meet Joan (Roberts), who is out alone on the snow covered roads. She’s apparently just come out of a hospital because you watch as she gets rid of her little, plastic bracelet. When nice guy, Bill (Remar), spots her, he offers her a ride with himself and his wife, Linda (Holly). Linda is not so nice to her, however, and you are not initially sure why.

I won’t spoil this one. You do find out what is going on – ish. I mean, I was left with some pretty basic, WTF kind of questions. The how, why and whatnow were never really explained, at least not to my satisfaction. It wasn’t a bad movie exactly, I just wasn’t sure what I had watched or what I was supposed to get out of it.

Rose is a pretty sympathetic character. A realistic one as well who has some normal responses to the craziness. The acting was quality, but that’s to be expected with this bunch. There’s a mess of blood lying around, but it isn’t really a scary movie at all. It’s more of a strange thriller, I guess. It was original, I’ll say that. Originality isn’t everything though. When it comes down to it, it’s just not a fun movie and there’s no point in watching it again. There wasn’t really a point in watching it the first time. So, I don’t recommend.

My score: 37.


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