Movie Review: The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

The Blackcoat’s Daughter was written and directed by Osgood Perkins and stars Emma Roberts as a troubled young woman who embarks on a journey to an isolated prep school while two stranded students (played by Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boynton) face a sinister threat from an unseen evil force. Lauren Holly and James Remar also star.

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.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter tells two separate stories that focus on these three young women; Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton) are frozen in at the prep school while Joan (Emma Roberts) catches a ride and heads towards the isolated location. As the two stories slowly play out, the pieces of the puzzle start to come together and we see how these characters are all connected. Now, without ruining it for you, all I can say is pay close attention throughout the watch or you could miss some clues to what’s happening and how they’re all connected. Okay, there’s a malevolant force at work here but that’s all I’m saying. That’s it, that’s all I’m spilling about this because if I go any further it could give something away. Anyway, we do get two decent cameos from Lauren Holly and James Remar whose characters also play a key part (indirectly) to the story.

First and foremost, Osgood Perkins shows he’s a great storyteller with The Blackcoat’s Daughter that is complimented by this amazing small cast as well as the isolated frozen location. It all takes place during the dead of winter and reminds the viewer of horror classics like The Shining because of its isolated setting and frozen location. Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka and Lucy Boynton portray the three main characters but it’s Shipka’s eerie performance that kind of steals the show. Her haunted character is complicated and sort of changes into something completely different as the movie plays out. With that being said, Emma Roberts’ character also has something going on and all is slowly revealed during her journey to the school.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features a grey finish and includes the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a multilayered yarn that definitely lives up to the hype. The movie is both terrifying and suspenseful and keeps the viewer locked in as the eerie story plays out. The movie is a slow burn but devoted horror fans will hopefully appreciate it as much as I did because it’s down right creepy at times. There’s a distant similarity with The Witch if that helps any. Just wait until you see the boiler room scene! There’s two separate stories going on but they’re both connected and slowly come together as it all plays out. The director does a great job not revealing too much too fast so it keeps the viewer invested until the unsettling finale. There’s also some blood and gore to go along with the haunting vibe that this movie sets off so get ready for a nice dose of the red stuff. The Blackcoat’s Daughter releases on a Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack on May 30th and is definitely worth checking out. This one will get under your skin and stay there for a while.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not much as far as the extras go. You can see the full list down below.

  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Osgood Perkins
  • “The Dead of Winter: Making The Blackcoat’s Daughter” Featurette (06:56)
  • Digital HD Copy


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  1. Ralph says:

    I am very interested in this movie and especially this Blu-ray. Can you confirm that the disc is really Code A? You can not rely what code is stated on the package; sometimes they say it is Code A to prevent purchases from outside the US and the disc itself is codefree and can be played worldwide. Could you test this, please? That would be very helpful!

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