Interview: Horror is a Trojan horse for The Blackcoat’s Daughter director Oz Perkins

The son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins, Osgood (or “Oz,” as he prefers to be called) Perkins grew up immersed in films and filmmaking, and genre filmmaking in particular. Now working as a writer and director himself, he brings an intuitive sense of storytelling and mood to his own work. Last year, Netflix released his slow-burn ghost story I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House, but his new movie, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, is actually his first film. Completed in 2015, this unsettling, atmospheric take on satanic horror played a handful of film festivals under the title of February, where it earned praise from two of The A.V. Club‘s critics. Nearly two years later, it hits theaters at the end of this month.

We spoke to Perkins over the phone a few weeks before The Blackcoat’s Daughter‘s release, talking about the film’s …

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