Thursday 22 February 2018

Aaron’s Spoiler-Free review of February (A.K.A. – The Blackcoat’s Daughter)

Horror movie themes seem to have been done to death in recent years, with some films tending to stick to one theme at a time, but thankfully for us, there are still some writers and directors out there that like to stir the pot a bit, and February is a great example of this.

February is the light-hearted coming-of- age tale (Ha! Yeah, right...) about two young girls who are left behind at the catholic boarding school over their winter break who begin to realise there is more in the air than what it seems, and dark presences begin to pop up all up and about the place. It sounds like I’m trying to sell you a piece of mediocrity here, but as mentioned, this is spoiler-free, so bear with me, I think it’s a grizzly.

First and foremost, the acting in this film is superb from our almost all-female cast, proving once and for all that young blood can still shine through, especially in genre films. There is a real sense of dread throughout this film, and a large part of that, I think, is how it manages to keep the viewer guessing throughout, leaving them with a sense of unease which is shared by those on screen, which really sucks you into the atmosphere and story as it unravels before you.

That being said, this film is of course not without flaws, borrowing many a cliché that others in its stead have near-nigh fucked to death over a barrel of the horror fan’s tears, but never the less manages to steer away from over-the- top action sequences that can make a good horror movie bad in an instant (Insidious, I’m looking at you, mister!). If you’re looking for a splatter-gore fest with a plot-by- numbers storyline being hand-fed to you (which there is absolutely nothing wrong with), then this probably isn’t your bag. However, if you like a bit of ambiguity and psychological storytelling in your horror diet, then this might just be up your alley.

Aaron's Spoiler-Free Verdict: A rewarding slow-burner with one hell of a pay off! – 7.5/10

Aaron James Waters is a best-selling Pulp Fiction writer who has written more books than he's actually read.

He's also the rotten apple of the group who thinks this whole Star Wars thing needs to hurry up and die already.

You can find Aaron's debut novel on Amazon!

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