The Blackcoat’s Daughter

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Having recently watched Hereditary, it’s difficult for me not to compare these two films. That said, this film disturbed me way more than Hereditary.

Yeah, I said it.

The idea of a young girl so desperately alone in the world that she welcomes anyone – even the Devil himself – is about as horrifying as it gets.

Kiernan Shipka’s (Kat) performance is downright unsettling.

The atmosphere of The Blackcoat’s Daughter is so bleak and soaked in dread that it’s almost unbearable to watch. The tension continues to build and build until the final crescendo.

I also feel that The Blackcoat’s Daughter excelled in the areas that I found lacking in Hereditary. Where Hereditary devolves into near ludicrous exposition of its plot, this film keeps the supernatural elements ambiguous. Was it really the Devil, or was it all a product of Kat’s broken mind?

This is one of those few films where the non-linear timeline actually had me guessing for a good portion of the film, wondering if my assumptions were correct or not.

I know it’s not a popular opinion but, between Hereditary and The Blackcoat’s Daughter, I believe this is the better horror film.

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