The Blackcoat's Daughter ★★★★★

Talk about a wonderful, dreadful surprise. Patient, atmospheric horror executed at this tier doesn't come around often.

This film carefully grows a lump inside your stomach, so slowly and steadily that you don't even notice it until it drops. I've been saying for a while that I wanted to see a movie that made me need to turn the lights on after—I found one.

The Blackcoat's Daughter hangs itself on what it nails: the sounds you hear when you stop and listen. It's tremendously well made but the non-linear storytelling unnecessarily obfuscates a plot that would otherwise be perfectly simple and memorable. A minor complaint that on evaluation pales in comparison to it's successes.

Kiernan Shipka is primed to take over the world and I can't wait to see what she does with the rest of her career.