The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017)

I had higher hopes for this one than I probably should have. The weird thing is that I usually enjoy slow building, atmospheric movies a lot.

The plot was both mysterious and intricate. The main story follows two girls at a Catholic boarding school before a holiday break. One girl struggling with the possibility of being pregnant and delays her parents’ pickup by telling them the wrong date. The other girl’s parents never show up on pickup day.

There is then a subplot about a down-on-her-luck girl at a bus station who is helped by a husband and wife. This plot and the other plot align nicely by the end as the details of their identities emerge.

I did like the eerie tone and the constant nagging suspicions involving some of the characters and their sinister tendencies. The performances were great and the sparse horror elements made them more punctuated when they were revealed.

It’s not a bad film, it just feels like it is missing something.

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Available to stream on Amazon Prime