The Blackcoat’s Daughter (also known by its original title February) is a 2015 American-Canadian horror thriller film directed and written by Oz Perkins. The film stars Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka, James Remar and Lauren Holly.
It premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. It was released on February 16, 2017, through DirecTV Cinema before being released on March 31, 2017, in a limited release and through video on demand by A24.
- Emma Roberts as Joan
- Lucy Boynton as Rose
- Kiernan Shipka as Kat
- James Remar as Bill
- Lauren Holly as Linda
- Emma Holzer as Lizzy
- Peter J. Gray as Rick
- Matthew Stefiuk as Ranger
In August 2014, it was announced that Oz Perkins would be making his directorial debut with February, from his own script. It was also reported that Kiernan Shipka and Emma Roberts were cast in main roles for the film.In February 2015, Lucy Boynton, Lauren Holly and James Remar joined the cast.
Principal photography for the film began in February 2015 in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2015.Shortly after, A24 Films and DirecTV Cinema acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film.The Canadian distribution rights were then acquired by ABMO Films. The film had its U.S. premiere at the Fantastic Fest on September 24, 2015. In November 2015, it was announced that the film had sold to various international territories at the AFM including the U.K, France, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Poland, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and the Middle East. The film was re-titled from February to The Blackcoat’s Daughter. The film was scheduled to be released DirecTV Cinema on July 14, 2016. But was pushed back to August 25, 2016, before opening in a limited release on September 30. The film was then pulled from the scheduled and pushed back to an undisclosed 2017 date. It was released on February 16, 2017, through DirecTV Cinema before being released on March 31, 2017, in a limited release and through video on demand by A24.
The film review website Metacritic surveyed 4 critics and assessed 4 reviews as positive with none mixed or negative. It gave an aggregate score of 81 out of 100, which it said indicated “universal acclaim”. The similar website Rotten Tomatoes surveyed 22 critics and, categorizing the reviews as positive or negative, assessed 17 as positive and 5 as negative. Of the 22 reviews, it determined an average rating of 6.3 out of 10 and gave the film a score of 77%.
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