The Blackcoat’s Daughter is a strange, creepy movie set at a Catholic girls’ boarding school. It’s spring break in snowy upstate New York, and two girls (Lucy Boynton and Mad Men’s Kieran Shipka) are left to themselves when their parents don’t pick them up. Meanwhile, for unknown reasons, a third girl (Emma Roberts) breaks out of a hospital and cons her way back to the school. Everyone is unsettling enough that over the course of the movie it seems like the evil is coming from everywhere: each of the girls, the headmaster, the priest, the two fussy matrons, a helpful motorist, his creepy wife, various pieces of silverware, a pay phone… This one was directed by Oswald Perkins (son of Psycho star Anthony) and scored to sinister effect by his brother Elvis.
This one originally played festivals in 2015 before the title inexplicably changed, but it got held in limbo for a long, long time. (Perkins’ followup, also starring Boynton, premiered on Netflix last fall.) It’s being released simultaneously in theaters and on VOD, which is why it’s only playing in East Providence, I guess.