Few have not indulged in the cinematic challenge of the tricky yet immensely enjoyable “six degrees of Kevin Bacon,” but when the degrees include a beloved horror icon, not one but two of his sons and a filmmaker steadfast in his proven innovative horror storytelling link up…
Oz Perkins, THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, is the product of two creative minds that want people to feel and emote after watching the film. This is a rarity these days in the genre but so is the generational backstory behind this film.
Perkins film plays on so many deep seeded emotional levels, there clearly had to be an inspiration for the story and surprisingly Oz didn’t have to look too far to find it. As he told our own Ken Hanley in an exclusive interview:
“I wanted to make something more, and as I was starting to think about this, I watched 2 movies that I hadn’t seen: I watched the original LET THE RIGHT ONE IN and I watched my friend Bryan Bertino’s movie, THE STRANGERS. Seeing those two movies together gave me a new sensation about horror movies: they’re best when they are sad, or when the focus on the human experience.” Perkins went on to say, “Those two movies really had something to say about loss and the hopelessness of the way life can go. THE STRANGERS is really just a movie about a couple who want the night to themselves to resolve their long relationship, which is now over; of course, that goes badly. So I got this feeling that a horror movie could be as sad as it could be scary, and, in some ways, that could make the film sadder and scarier. So I thought I could tap into my own experience with grief, having lost my mother and my father, and I thought I had enough in me so that I could “trojan horse” that type of movie onto the page.”
Oz couldn’t have asked for a better inspiration than Bryan Bertino and his film, THE STRANGERS. Curating a cohesion between plausible emotional trauma and storytelling, Bertino crafts a film in being an experience, as well as an intense visual venture. Showcasing his acute awareness in storytelling that has minimal incidents yet unbridled tension, Bertino focuses on victim perspective in his characterization. His 2017 film, THE MONSTER solidified his signature ability to create an elegant human horror encounter.
Perkins pitched and Bertino believed.
“The first year after making THE STRANGERS, it wasn’t the hit that I’ve been so blessed in it becoming as it is known today. Taking what I went through in getting THE STRANGERS out there, I wanted to create a home for artists who share this particular philosophy in horror storytelling; merely flipping through the pages of BLACKCOAT’S when Oz sent it to me, I knew immediately this was something I wanted to support.” ~ Bryan Bertino
THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER has been nothing short of a labor of love. Four years in fact. Perkins and Bertino’s commitment to their philosophy is truly an illustration of the “heartwork” so many endure.
THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER tells the tale of two girls who must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. But don’t let the simplicity in the synopsis fool you. It barely scratches the surface of the emotional destruction that this movie will inflict on the viewer. It’s guaranteed to move your emotions and put you square into the character’s plight.
On this day in 1932, Anthony Perkins entered the world. Over the years he honed his acting skills and proceeded to craft a legacy that still inspires new generations of actors. Sadly, Anthony passed away in 1992 but his children are keeping the Perkins name alive. Oz Perkins and his brother, Elvis are both gifted craftsmen in their chosen fields. Elvis in the world of music (he has also scored Oz’s films) and Oz with his acting and directorial career. With this film, audiences are being given a taste of what this generation of Perkins means to the world of cinema. And Bryan Bertino’s courage to commit to his philosophy influenced this horror heritage.
“We need more understanding of human nature because the only real danger that exists is man himself.”
— C.G. Jung
One of the vital elements that contribute to the creative integrity of the horror genre is it’s unique ability to have unbounded diversity. A malevolent menu that offers every pallet a satisfying option. Fear being specifically unspecific offers countless ways to tap into it and tell its story. Bertino and Perkins served a perfect main course and we truly are eager to see what they come up with next.
THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER is now available in theaters and On Demand via A24 and DirecTV