'The Sisterhood Of Night' Wonders What These Girls Are Up To

April 9, 2015 9:03 PM

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For a while The Sisterhood of Night, a spry, heartfelt first feature about teenage girls doing strange things in woods by night, appears to traffic in every easy cliché we adults use to bind female adolescents into knowable aliens. Led by charismatic underachiever Mary (played by former Narnia child Georgie Henley, all grown into a slightly unsettling resemblance to the young Eileen Brennan), a growing band of girls in a small Hudson Valley town take to the forest after dark, apparently to grow a satanic cult or something. The lighting is murky, the leaves rustle; mysterious notes are passed to prospective recruits; now and then, things get a bit Blair Witch.

Are there blood rituals? Is there aberrant sex play? Gossip girl Emily (Kara Hayward), an unwelcome welcome guest at the proceedings, thinks so. Leaping at the chance to play victim, Emily takes to the blogosphere to spread rumors of bullying and worse. Naturally, the grownups freak out. Naturally, ...

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