I loved The Blackcoat’s Daughter. I know I’ve seen this movie mentioned many times, but I want to address the notion that it has scary ‘parts’. I, personally, found the entire movie’s tone deeply unsettling. It felt like someone had their hand on a knob which controls anxiety, and held it at 4 or 5 from the start, wavering uneasily into the 6s and 7s from time to time, only to slowly, evenly crank it up as certain scenes approached. When those scenes came (the first furnace scene sticks with me), the knob stayed at 8 or 9 a beat longer than it needed to, and wound down as slowly as it rose. The movie’s tone is effective largely because of its excellent soundtrack. I’m not writing this to ‘correct’ others, but to those who haven’t yet seen the movie: The Blackcoat’s Daughter is more a horror mood piece than a horror-thriller. If that appeals to you, it’s one of my favorites in the genre. If not, you’ll probably fall asleep like my partner did.
Also worth mentioning, since some are hot on Gerald’s Game (I was not so hot on it, though I did think it was well-made and well-acted, and has one of the roughest scenes to endure in recent memory), is Ouija: Origin of Evil. I fucking LOVE that movie. It takes James Wan’s admiration and emulation of 60’s/70’s/early 80’s familial horror, and blends it with modern editing and writing sensibilities, specifically around abruptly shifting tone. It has an incredible (and necessary) sense of humor, a superb attention to detail, swift manipulation of tension, and extremely effective imagery. I, personally, think it blows other recent mainstream period horror movies out of the water. Like almost any horror movie, the climax leaves something to be desired, but the ride is fantastic. And it’s by the director of Gerald’s Game!