added: Fri, Feb 3rd '17
Despite receiving positive reviews at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, the atmospheric horror thriller "The Blackcoat's Daughter" (formerly known as "February") had a rough time securing an official release date last year.
Nevertheless, it seems "The Blackcoat's Daughter" will finally have a chance to be seen as indie distributor A24 (the studio behind "Moonlight" and "The Witch") is set to release the film exclusively on DirecTV's On-Demand service on February 16th before rolling it out in theaters on March 31st. The studio has also unveiled a new trailer, watch it above.
Starring Emma Roberts, Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka, and Sing Street's Lucy Boynton, "The Blackcoat's Daughter" tells two intersecting stories, involving a harsh winter storm, an all-girls boarding school, and three young women haunted by dark forces.
The film is written and directed by Osgood "Oz" Perkins, who is the son of the late, great Hollywood actor Anthony Perkins, who was best known for playing Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller "Psycho."
"Blackcoat" is also Osgood's directorial debut -- although his second directed film, the horror-thriller "I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House," was released in October as an original Netflix movie.
A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat’s Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story -- that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. The movie suspensfully builds to the moment when the two stories will finally intersect, setting the stage for a shocking and unforgettable climax.
directed by Osgood Perkins
starring Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly, James Remar
release date February 16, 2017 (DirecTV's VOD), March 31, 2017 (in theaters)