No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
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…
Part of the "31 Rides Out Overtime" list: letterboxd.com/ipcress/list/31-rides-out-the-overtime-edition/
It didn't used to be, but this is slowly rising to the top of my slasher heap. A few reasons why:
1. Love the cast. I'm an avowed John Saxon fan (Argento's *Tenebrae* just wouldn't be the same without his head-swiveling, money-grubbing book agent), and there's much to appreciate up and down the line--from Margot Kidder's drunken humor (her fellatio phone joke with the desk sergeant; her completely inappropriate description of turtles having sex at the zoo while Clare's father is in the middle of his grief) to Marian Waldman's bird-flipping, hard-drinking housemother vaudeville routine, almost everybody seems memorable and worth their screen time.
2. The camerawork. Not only the 1st-person…
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.....
This was a helluva good movie. I've seen my share of slasher movies- not a ton, mind you, but my share. After all, I don't want to be greedy. Anyway, the point being that Black Christmas gets a real lift and feels fresh, I think, because there were no cliches of the genre for Bob Clark to fall back on. There are just characters in a semi-closed setting all coming to a bad end.
Seeing Keir Dullea was weird as 2001 is the only touchstone I have for him and Margot Kidder was great. I will likely never say this again, but, more Margot Kidder, please. And John Saxon.
The phone calls were creepy. I mean genuinely disturbing. And that last call was a little heartbreaking, as well.
Also, this may be the only sorority-centric film that has zero interest in sex and the nekkid flesh that goes with.
I always love watching horror movies that take place in the city where I live.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I generally trust the opinion of the Netflix community at large. Yeah, they’ve led me astray on occasion and made me watch some pretty poor films (“The Kid Stays in the Picture” most notably comes to mind. Gah! I hated that movie!) But they’ve also led me to some gems like “Black Christmas” (www.imdb.com/title/tt0071222/), a 1974 thriller/slasher that was the highest rated “watch it now” horror movie on Netflix last Thursday evening.
The plot sounded enticing enough: “A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.”
And it starts simply enough – with a POV shot of a man breaking into the attic of a sorority house.…
This is an amazing horror movie. If you haven't seen it, you really do. A lot of parts still creep me out, even after seeing it for the sixth time.
Bob Clark crafts one of the most stylish and influential slashers of the era, pre-dating HALLOWEEN and the 80's craze. Moody, yule-tinted photography and an off kilter score help to make this one of the best examples of the genre.
Ovo je poslednji sleser koji radim, dosta idi u picku materinu i sam se userem koliko sam ih gledao...
Ovaj je zaista poseban, znam da nisam nabrojao one najvaznije, cak ni moje najomiljenije ali ovaj bi mogao lagano da se svrsta u tu kategoriju.
Radi se o Sestrinskoj kuci za vreme bozica, u kuci se nalaze samo zene(iliti sestre) i svaka se sprema za neke svoje planove, ali cudni pozivi dolaze na badnje vece a sestre krecu da nestaju jedna po jedna, ovo je inace jedan od onih slesera koji koriste POV snimanje iz ubicine perspektive i radili su to pre "Noci vestica", sto je jako zanimljivo. Bob Klark je reziser koji je posle ovoga radio "Bozicnu pricu" pa dobro…
Follows a lot of horror tropes but like it's good fun and pretty creepy at times, and a few tropes are cleverly subverted/side-stepped.
Beetje zwalpende horrorfilm. Duurt een tijd voor het ergens heengaat, en dat komt denk ik omdat de spanningsboog vanaf de eerste minuut wordt opgebouwd. Die wordt daardoor iets te hard aangetrokken om het anderhalf uur spannend te houden . De 2de helft is veel beter dan de eerste, en de climax is fantastisch.
Fantastic horror film. If you haven't seen this, watch it. 10 out of 10!
- The Brood
- Winter Light
- The Changeling
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Dancer in the Dark
- Life Is Beautiful
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
- Black Christmas
- The Burning
- Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…