Movies that are slightly off.
If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl, it’s on too tight!
A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Wishing each and every one of you a much better Christmas than this lot got.
I love you all enough to not want you to be slaughtered by a homicidal maniac.
Unless you do not love, cherish and adore this film. Then you can get the dry cleaner plastic ready.
Anyways, merry Christmas!
“Agnes, it's me, Billy.”
I adore Christmas. For all the eyeroll-inducing cheese and the schmaltz that the season can bring, it truly is my favorite time of year. I love Christmas music (good Christmas music, that is, not the treacle piped in over the PA system at the mall). I love buying just the right present and wrapping it carefully. I love trimming the tree. I love all of the Yuletide food and drink (especially tamales which, if you’re from Texas, are mandatory). I love spending time with family and friends. I love the chill in the air. I love watching A Charlie Brown Christmas and White Christmas and Rudolph the…
Black Christmas (from A Christmas Story director, Bob Clark) is not only one of the greatest Christmas-themed horror films of all time, it is one of the most gorgeous and brilliant films I have ever seen.
Not only is it striking with fantastic, chilling transitions just melting into one scene to the next, the camera work is close to revolutionary giving us point-of-view shots from unbelievably creative and memorable angles.
Understandably Black Christmas is one of the most influential films when it comes to the slasher genre which blew up only a few years later, a proto-slasher giving us a new spin, transforming a typical whodunnit into a haunting and relentless visual experience with a glimpse into what would soon…
Black Christmas was one of the first films in the slasher genre back in 1974, and together with Mario Bavas Bay of Blood, provided inspiration for the many genre films that came after. The film starred Margot 'Lois Lane' Kidder, and John Saxon who, due to his roles in this, A Nightmare on Elm St, and Tenebrae, deserves to be in the horror version of the Expendibles (if Bruce Campbell gets his way!).
Recently I've been getting quite bored of slasher films as I've probably seen too many now in the last year and most tend to be substandard, however this surprised me with how well it was made! Another aspect that makes this an extremely rare slasher movie is…
Part One of A Very Merry Christmas Challenge
Ah, Christmastime. The gentle snow-fall outside. A lively party is underway inside a big house, with the residents desperately trying to stay warm. The lights are glistening, reflecting, adding to an atmosphere that can only be described as mesmerizing. A couple of the party-goers are a little drunk, some are making last-minute plans, others have already left.
Oh, the phone's ringing. Ringing..Ringing.....Ringing.....Ringing.....Ringing... Ringing.......Ringing.......Ringing..............Ringing.......
One rule: Don't pick up the home phone while you're at a party. First off, you're being rude to your guests, and second, ain't nobody got time for psychopathic maniacs who are hiding in your attic. They can wait.
Now, where's the liquor I hid in that book that no one cares about.....
If you say this film doesn't make your skin crawl, you're a fucking liar.
Top 3 slasher film without a doubt. It'll forever remain fresh every single time I watch it. Incredibly bleak, slow but never boring, and truly terrifying moments. With each viewing, different moments chill my bones.
Slasher's POV shot, heavy breathing on the phone, arguments about abortion...
I don't get it.
Under-appreciated proto-slasher; it had the bad luck of being overshadowed by Halloween. Notable for capturing the us-vs-them flavor of the late-hippie generation gap, for bawdy 'liberated gal' humor and for striking, counter-intuitive editing patterns that follow the story within its several-many locations without often going quite where you expect it to at any given moment.
And for the grotesque, decompensated MPD phone calls. Damn.
When discussing films that made way for the onslaught of the slasher genre, we often hear about John Carpenter's brilliant Halloween, which often is traced back to Alfred Hitchcock's masterpiece Psycho. We hear about Friday the 13th a lot as well, but no one ever really discusses Black Christmas with its soriority house girls being tormented and stalked by an obscene caller, as they are slowly killed off one by one. Directed by Bob Clark Black Christmas is suspenseful, frightening, uses the point of view of the serial killer, in fact it uses many aspects of what would become cliché in slasher cinema long before these other more high profile films came about. It's an incredibly effective horror, thriller and…
Oh, Dave. Again? Stop, Dave. You should have stayed in space – there you were an absolute Nietzschean perfect human being, and here, on Earth, somehow you’re just a creepy, coldblooded, sad guy. Sigh.
Claire Harrison: Could that really be just one person?
Barb Coard: No Claire, it's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir making their annual obscene phone call.
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Watching this forty-two years after its release, the phone calls in Black Christmas are still quite disturbing and effective. The decision to give the killer a voice but never reveal his identity works like a charm.
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.