Clark Collis
February 03, 2017 AT 02:49 PM EST

The Blackcoat’s Daughter is one of the most eagerly-awaited, and one of the most long-awaited, horror films of 2017. Writer-director Osgood Perkins’ directorial debut actually premiered at the Toronto Film Festival way back in 2015 — when it was called February — and follows the release on Netflix of his second movie, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.

“It’s run into a few little snags here and there with distribution,” Perkins told EW last year. “Honestly, it’s actually rather good. At this point, I can say that I hated it while I was cutting it, and I was nervous about it when we showed it, but the reception was overwhelmingly positive.”

The Blackcoat’s Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school Bramford over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story — that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force.

The Blackcoat’s Daughter will finally be released in theaters March 31 and can be viewed exclusively on DirecTV from Feb. 16.

See the film’s new trailer, above.

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