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: 78 out of 168 found boring (46.42%)

One-line Reviews (193)

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

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

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

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

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 rest is needless, boring, and doesn't add anything.

And this movie bored me to tears!

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.

terribly slow .

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

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.

Incredibly boring.

"Atmospheric" and "slow burn" shouldn't mean boring beyond belief.

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.

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

Boring story.

I wouldn't even call this movie a slow burn, the candle wasn't even lit til more than half way through.

This film is entertaining, interesting, creepy, and intelligent.

Is this film deliberately confusing.

Great slow burn horror .

'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.

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

The film is really, really slow and nothing happens.

If you like your slow crawling puzzles with claws .

This is a slow burn, it starts slowly and it keeps building tension until the final act.

A perfect example of this is dialogue that is just the tiniest bit slower than normal, with some words delayed longer than others.

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.

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

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

If you love psychological horror, it's worth the watch.

A unique and compelling take on a pulpy, well-worn subgenre of horror.

If you like figuring out a twisty movie, and can like a slow burn that doesn't over explain, then this is for you.

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!

Unbelievably boring.

Don't waste your time.

Rose is equally as uninteresting and hollow.

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

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

I fell asleep during it .

Seriously horribly slow...

They are both roughly 90 minutes of "slow burn" atmospheric horror that are much more interested in psychological horror than cheap jump scares or gore.

The acting, scenery and plot were all monotone.

It attempts the pseudo-intellectual but really it is a moping, tiring, trite, slasher.

Good performances undermined by plodding nihilistic screenplay .

It's also, sad to say, boring.

Felt too much slow time for actual horror.

While most criticize this film for being slow or boring, I disliked it for a different reason.

a good slow burner .

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.

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.

A misguided and lethargic gore bore .

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

The Good:Comes together well for the most partJames RemarThe Bad:Dull and lifelessUnanswered questionPerformances are from people who behave like they regret doing the film

Bemusing, but enjoyable.

Tedious pace and flow .

This is rather flat and slow.

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

Very confusing at times.

like watching paint dry!

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

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

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

It was agonisingly slow, the only time I can imagine anyone waking up was to see the overly violent scenes, which I must add were very badly done.

It is bland and dull.

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.

The story is very predictable once you figure out the non-linear timeline.

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

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


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

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

It is just a borefest.

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.

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

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

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.

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...

Some of the flashbacks seemed disjointed and I really wanted more background on Rose's parents and Katherine's family.

The twist is predictable and is executed terribly.


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.

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.

It was slow, boring and stupid, the end made no sense and it was a waste of 90 minutes.

Nothing happens the entire time.

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.

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

Slow start.

Pretentious and self-indulgent .

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

Terrible movie with no plot .

The story is fairly simple if you're looking at it on paper, but the way the scenes are pieced together make it a bit confusing....

This movie is soooooo sloooowwww, and extremely boring.

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

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

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

this is easily one of the most boring movies I have ever seen.. the movie just drags on forever, and you literally don't even know whats going on in the entire movie until like the last 15 minutes of it.. do not waste your time.. thats 1hr and 34 minutes I will never get back.. id rather watch paint dry...

Anyone who likes slow confusing movies try it.

I was beyond bored and frustrated.

It's slow and predictable.

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".

don't waste your time on this piece of garbage.

Mundane, boring crap.

Dialogue is sparse and confusing.

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

Too slow, too disjointed, too frustrating .

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

Actually an excellent movie but timeline is confusing .

It is slow and boring.

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

I have mixed feelings about the last third, at which point most of the subtlety, creepiness, and mystery which had up to that point made the movie so compelling and intriguing is dumped in favor of a bloodbath.

boring dull and just awful anyone who says otherwise is obviously just part of the production.

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

Dark twisting riveting .

Extremely boring and painful to watch.

Everyone looks bored which is kind of fitting because I'd imagine the viewer will be as well.

One of the worst movies I've ever seen.

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

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

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.

Slow, confusing, and underwhelming.

7- Dull, eerie atmosphere.

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

The way its shot may seem slow though.

A slow and boring film about mostly nothing.

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!

An incredibly slow burn it alas doesn't offer much in the way of a payoff that you'd certainly expect with this type of film.

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 .

OMG could this movie be any slower.

Exxxxxxxxxtreeeemely slow, wooden acting, and a complete waste of time.

A very superbly acted, creepy, unsettling and albeit pretentious film

In a sense, this movie starts off rather slow.

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.

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

Seemed as though scenes where completely confusing as you're unsure what time of day/night or even what day lines up with the next.

Slow, atmospheric, simple .

" There is a distinct difference between intentionally deliberately paced and slow.

Slow and boring .

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

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

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.

slow burner suspense .

Even the actors looked bored with the movie.

Slow and achingly deep...

But, it's so enjoyable to see thrillers that are dark, quiet and go for the psychological scare.

Nonlinear Bore .

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

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

Not scary, borderline boring .

Interwoven with these cuts are some brief and confusing flashbacks.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

Confusing AF.

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

Not compelling, too slow, who are the characters, and who cares.

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.

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

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

Shot from different points of view, all coming together for a creepy ending worth the watch!!

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.

No plot what-so-ever.

Boring and Unrealistic .

So slow moving it was like literally like watching it slow motion.

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

This was so dull my dog and cat knocked out.

Had promise, but gets too confusing.., .

Nothing happens.

One of the most boring films I've ever had the misfortune to watch.

If you have patience and like creepy, atmospheric, slow burners this is for you.

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

A 10 minute story into an hour and a half of a boring "artsy" horror movie.

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.

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.

5- Pointless scenes of absolute nonsense.

The Blackcoat's Daughter is a supremely suspenseful gem .

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.

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.

I personally found the entire thing engrossing.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a slow burn if it's done correctly but this movie was just boring.

Long story short it's about girls that get possessed by the devil in a very boring way that you don't care anymore.

It is thought provoking, only mildly cliché, brilliantly acted, especially Kiernan's role and above all an absolutely stunning atmosphere of eerie transcedence.

This was the worst movie i've ever seen a complete snoozefest, it has no point or meaning to it and was just completely stupid and dull, lacked depth meaning and a storyline, was just flat out stupid and a complete waste of time!

I watched it alone, in the dark, before bed and fell asleep.

Artsy fartsy meh .

What you get is a painfully slow possession movie.

Glad to say I enjoyed it!

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

If you like bleak, sparse, dreary atmosphere you might dig this.

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