The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

A finely woven tapestry of slow burn horror, BC Daughter shuns from neither violence of unease.

As a catholic boarding school closes over winter break, two schoolgirls are left behind as they await their parents to collect them to take them home.

Devoid of typical ‘Scream’ cliches we find with school girl horror movies, Blackcoat’s Daughter’s writer-director Oz Perkins (son of Anthony Perkins) shows a genuine understanding in crafting a cinematic silence, relying on the imagination of the audience to fill in visual and audible blanks.

In reality nothing is more unsettling than utter silence and this exquisite film does an incredible job in removing any comfortable breathing space by good pacing, brilliant visuals and scare, quality dialogue. The two girls are hauntingly beautiful with enough ominous presence to be mysterious whilst putting on an utterly mesmerising performance.

Providing surprises in a horror movie would be easy to do so through jump scares and slashes, but Blackcoat does so with quality storytelling.

8/10

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