The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015) - Horror, Thriller

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Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Oz Perkins
Stars: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka
Length: 93 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 43 out of 101 found boring (42.57%)

One-line Reviews (121)

The movie tries to shock and/or scare but it's simply dull -like the kitchen knife she used to slice a throat and decapitate 2 people.

Boring and Unrealistic .

Unbelievably boring.

The way its shot may seem slow though.

How these plot fragments fit together is left as a mystery for quite some time, compelling the audience to follow this cryptic road map that has no clear direction at the journey's inception.

A Great Atmospheric Slow Burn that's not for everyone .

Throughout all of this it is sooooo slow as to be almost painful.

Simply it is one of the worst movies I've ever watched there is no explanation for any thing.

If you have a short attention span or are someone that likes fast paced action and a film that starts at "A" and ends at "Z" without any sort of zig zagging around...

Unfortunately, the time lines are disjointed and quite hard to follow without reading about it online.

Don't waste your time, and spend the 90 minutes doing something much more exciting....

Instead I got a movie that made me realize far too many new horror films are filled with this dependence on music, slow story telling that doesn't unravel a mystery so much as drag it along and the end results of these films as being less horrifying and more torture to sit through.

The gray color palette and dreary snow gives the movie its potent atmosphere.

OMG could this movie be any slower.

Scenes cannot be POINTLESS and eat time, as this ponderous bore-fest loves to pour on us, which is ironic, considering it tries to be so minimalist.

Perhaps no one else could make the line, "You smell pretty," give one such intense shudders.

No plot what-so-ever.

This dreary feel to all the scenes almost never lets up and keeps the dread at a maximum.

terribly slow .

You could smell who the killer was a mile away, but it still took them far too long to reveal that the two narratives were set in different times - the future and the past.

This is rather flat and slow.

DISCLAIMER: This film requires a patient viewer who likes slow burns and atmospheric dread rather than jump scares or thriller action.

Slow burn doesn't even begin to describe this movie, 30 minutes in and hardly anything has happened, no real story, no plot, flat two dimensional characters.

Although I think it would be fair to say that there is an element of audience manipulation here once you understand the twist, given the different actresses used but I am willing to forgive this as the movie earned a certain amount of slack on account of delivering such an effectively creepy and unpredictable narrative.

The Blackcoat's Daughter is a supremely suspenseful gem .

So, I will just conclude saying that I liked it very much, and I enthusiastically recommend it because of the extraordinary performances, frightening atmosphere and the ingenious and deliciously unpredictable screenplay.

It's a "trisectional" story line, in a sense, where the three female characters (two of which live together in a soon-to-be-empty school)Rose, Kat and Joan, their stories intertwining interestingly.

So if you think you can handle a slow burn (with a more thought provoking climax opposed to a splatter fest) then this is something you should check out!

I saw one reviewer saying if you like movies like It Follows then you'll like this movie, which is probably true because I found that movie tired and predictable with two dimensional characters as well.

If you like your slow crawling puzzles with claws .

What you get is a painfully slow possession movie.

Very boring and slow, sometimes confusing mostly because I didn't care enough to pay much attention.

Yes, it builds to a somewhat bloody climax but it's not balls to the wall crazy, so I'm afraid some will think the slow burn 70 minute build up isn't worth the wait.

I don't mind horror films that are a little lighthearted or even a bit humorous, however I really love when a horror film decides to just be dark & dreary as possible without ever really making you feel like things are going to get better.

Dark twisting riveting .

The actors were just stale, the storyline slow as molasses and the ending was just something that should have been more exciting and fulfilling.

The Blackcoat's Daughter is a slowburn masterpiece of filmmaking that left me on the edge of my seat for all 93 minutes.

After watching it I couldn't wait to go to bed because all it did was bore me to sleep.

Anyone who likes slow confusing movies try it.

I simply couldn't finish the movie after 50 minutes of it, it was utterly boring and mundane.

Slow and boring .

Very atmospheric, dark, cold, empty feel...

While the films pacing is slow, it is incredibly creepy, well put-together, and increasingly tense.

Extremely boring and painful to watch.

Seriously horribly slow...

The film is really, really slow and nothing happens.

Bored and unable to sleep, I watched this On-Demand at 2:30 a.

There is no build up, just slow and boring and not worth watching till the end.

I think the death knell for a movie is if it's considered boring.

5- Pointless scenes of absolute nonsense.

But to go as far as to say "watch paint dry" instead of this, goes a bit far, not to say a lot far.

But beyond the tedium of nothing happening for the first half of the movie, was a host of other problems.

I think I only knew Kiernan Shipka from her brief participation in the TV series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (I have never been a fan of Mad Men, in which she played Don Draper's daughter), and it was a very pleasant surprise to see such an intense and even touching performance from her in The Blackcoat's Daughter.

It is bland and dull.

Again, the film uses a slow increase in tension throughout most of the film, leading to one heck of an ending.

I hope I can deter a few people from this steaming pile of crap, life's to short to waste precious time on a movie like this .

The last 20 minutes of the movie slowly creeps into what is going on and the whole thing is horribly boring.

Haunting, chilling slow burn horror flick, will stick in your head for a while.. .

10/10 for an unexpected instant classic that I'll definitely watch again, which is something I rarely do.

Lynchs disjointed, almost chaotic approach to storytelling that just about becomes understood, if you squint your eyes a little.

Her nuanced yet intense performance as shy Kat is something to behold: off- center, menacing.

Artsy fartsy meh .

Pretentious and self-indulgent .

It's a bit slow movie, but I enjoyed it very much because it's interesting and smart.

This the definition of a "slow burn" for a lot of people.

February is a supposedly suspenseful horror, that's not long on suspense and well, um, that's about it.

The film has about 2 or 3 real "scare" scenes (and yes, it does include several pointless "jump scares" which make zero sense whatsoever).

Then there is confusion on who these girls are, where they're coming from, where they're going, why they're going there, etc. And it's NOT scary!

This tense atmosphere never relents, even during mundane scenes, and left that dread in the pit of my stomach for the entirety of the film.

But I really liked it and think it does a good job of standing out in a genre that is filled with too many cliché films.

Fantastically executed in almost every regard, The Blackcoat's Daughter is a supremely suspenseful gem.

This slow burn psychological horror film does not reveal itself right away.

That first really really scary movie you see (which for me was Quarantine in my very early teen years) gives you that intense feeling of pure fear coupled with an insane 90 minute adrenaline rush.

Rose is equally as uninteresting and hollow.

The Blackcoat's Daughter has Good acting, nice creepy music and visual effects but, it's extremely boring!!!

This is a VERY dumb and pointless movie all-around.

Nonlinear Bore .

When things do happen it's boring and you're not surprised at all or feel frightened.

The movie was pretty confusing.. I had to look Explanation online and then it made sense

The Blackcoat's Daughter counts with that quality, making it a mature and intelligent movie which refuses to fit into any specific genre; in other words, a rich and fascinating experience which makes us think while keeping us on the edge of our seats with all its connotations.

Is this film deliberately confusing.

a good slow burner .

2 thumbs way down, a boring low budget snooze fest that seems to have broke the bank on an incredibly irritating soundtrack.

The performances are good, but the dialogue is mostly exposition and empty Q&A sessions (often with no A), so character development is minimal.

Even the actors looked bored with the movie.

In my personal experience, two things made too much noise: the reiteration of shots of empty stairs and corridors whose anodyne effect strongly surfaces with Perkins' persistent sounds, and that sticky gore that is sought after with pleasure by the avid consumers of everything "deep red".

This is an excellent but polarizing slow burn non-traditional possession horror film, and is impressive for Osgood Perkins' directorial debut.

I personally found the entire thing engrossing.

The story is not spoon-fed to viewers and is a bit of a puzzle that reveals itself one brief detail at a time, and it can be confusing on the first viewing of it.

'February' is a super slow paced demonic possession film that never pays off in the end and has a wonky time-line and uneven editing scheme that ultimately makes the movie confusing.

So this is slow burning and that's not everyone's taste.

Although the build-up is slow, it's engaging from the beginning and has you wondering what's unfolding and searching for explanations for what's happening and why.

like watching paint dry!

Slow, atmospheric, simple .

slow burner suspense .

This is just a pretty dumb and pointless movie all-around.

Interwoven with these cuts are some brief and confusing flashbacks.

This was so dull my dog and cat knocked out.

This movie is soooooo sloooowwww, and extremely boring.

7- Dull, eerie atmosphere.

She again offers the heads as a sacrifice in the boiler room and yet nothing happens.

Virtually no storyline, plenty of overlong "art" shots and obvious rips from actual horror flicks - all are predictable products of a writer who is also the director.

And this movie bored me to tears!

Felt too much slow time for actual horror.

It is slow and boring.

Great buildup, but confusion is still reigning, to a nasty little third act where the reveal and some moments that should terrify even the seasoned horror fan.

And then Emma Roberts's enigmatic psycho character seems to be cursed with an eternal life cycle of dispatching murder and mayhem upon those most unfortunate oddballs associated with the dank and dreary place.

Its conclusion is intense, brutal—the kind of payout horror fans should expect.

* So let's get the obvious out of the way, yes, it's a slow movie.

It's a slow builder and not that much is explained.

In a sense, this movie starts off rather slow.

Possibly the most boring horror film I've ever watched.

It's a slow burn and I'd even say the climax is rather tame (not lame) in terms of gore/excitement/reward.

The film moves slow and creepy with a soundtrack that made me think I was watching something crazy, like Twin Peaks.

If you thought this was boring or too slow, everyone has different taste and that's fine.

Bemusing, but enjoyable.

I watched the whole thing just so I can see what happens which you basically can guess by the middle of this horribly boring movie.

There's a compelling drip of detail following two young, worried women stuck in an otherwise empty dormitory and a third who hitches a ride with a kind stranger.

It is just a borefest.


Let me tell you, when you see a movie with a lot of pointless scenes that eat time, such as girls sitting up in bed and staring, or looking at the quarters in one hand before one makes a payphone call (TWICE this pointless scene appeared), then you know the director is a rank amateur who thinks the atmospheric effects, music and minimalism will suffice in the place of an authentically creepy idea and execution.