THE LAST KNOCK presents: Horror Double Feature: SPLIT and THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER

The Last Knock

Another interesting mix of horror with M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Oz Perkins’ The Blackcoat’s Daughter. We’ll explore what works, what doesn’t, what’s cool, and what’s a far cry from worth watching.

We’ll discuss if Night’s slipping even though he’s returned to making “smaller” films. But is Oz Perkins’ star rising? Both films have received mixed reviews, but for horror fans, The Blackcoat’s Daughter seems to have an edge. We’ll weigh in, and don’t forget to share your views in the comments section.

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  • I totally agree with you about SPLIT. At the theater, we would have been wise to do so after about thirty minutes in. You covered about every negative aspect of it. I saw very few positives. To me, it was as if MNS had created a captive, pun intended, threesome for the performances of the SPLIT kidnapper/murderer. Each personality reveal teetered on being mostly boring despite the acting. The announcements and thrid act conjuring of the “beast” became laughable, defying gravity while crawling on the ceiling. Was it like a RISKY BUSINESS love for one on a train a la R. DeMornay and T. Hanks or did Hulk appear after he couldn’t locate the suggestion box on the Metro. It might have been the least bit interesting if the young survivor had channled her own inner beast stronger than her captor’s, kicking his ass in the process. The uncle pedophile angle seemed like an afterhtought more than an integral aspect of her past, and it was totally expected. Bill, you’re exactly right about his supposed occupation. Zoo’s are filthy work sites… think of working in a PA or ATL steel plant with animal urine and feces everywhere.
    At minimum, SPLIT featured three times the number of problems than the supposed 24 personalities the guy pocketed.
    THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER has been queued. I watched the trailers several times after your show. It sounds and looks promising.
    Neat double feature show!

    • crashpalace

      Thanks so much for the excellent comments, Ron! I feel bad for you. Every time you head to the theatre you’re disappointed in the film. My suggestion: Go in, buy your beloved popcorn, head home, and watch a DVD you like. You deserve good movies, my friend.

      I love your suggestion about the Night’s “Final Girl” and her inner beast shining through. At least they could have hinted at that after the cop asked her the question with her eyes changing or something.

      I hope you enjoy THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER, and I look forward to learning of your thoughts!

    • Jon Weidler

      I agree with your sentiments, Ron. I like McAvoy (he’s very good in the lesser-seen adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s FILTH), but felt that MNS “let the beast off the leash,” leading into territory that was always more campy than frightening. I think the hubris of MNS’ “auteur” status has led to increasingly ridiculous plotlines that studio heads, smelling profit, don’t dare contest. More power to Blumhouse (which has given us some great horror over the past couple years) for adding another feather to their cap, but I don’t get the mainstream fascination with this one. To me, it was a borderline-offensive mess.

      To echo what Bill said: let us know what you think of BLACKCOAT’s. I watched it a few weeks ago, and it’s still rattling around in my consciousness.

      • Jon, I appreciate it, and it’ll take me a week or two to research about 78% of what you wrote. But I’m eager to learn new words.
        Believe it or not, I found THE BLACKCOAT’S DAUGHTER at YouTube, the full movie, but it was difficult to watch due to a checkered screen. I can certainly see why it stays with you. It’s in my head now, stabbing around my frontal lobe within inches of where the Bleeding Critic wormed his way into my brain through my right ear canal…. damned BC!
        I’ll watch it again with Ambo in rental for the full pleasure and experience of it. I can also appreciate why you gave it 4.5 stars and Bill gave it 4.

  • GuyRicketts

    Sending along a belated “great show!” to Crash and Jonny. Enjoyed the analysis of what made “Split” not work (I recall Jonny’s pan of it in January) and what made “Blackcoat’s Daughter” so good. You guys also gave me this image in my head of M. Night pulling off the turnpike, grumbling about beating up Crash. I laughed out loud at that one.
    So I will still check out Split, out of morbid curiousity and to tune in to Betty Buckley’s and James MacAvoy’s performances, while rushing over to Netflix to enjoy BD for all the praise you guys heaped on it here.
    Thanks for the Scream Out, and again, this was a great show!

    • crashpalace

      Guy, we’re most honored! Thanks so much for listening, and please let us know your thoughts about both films.


    • Jon Weidler

      Thanks, Guy – your comments always make my day! And thanks for remembering my review of SPLIT 😉