a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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.....
Modestly conceived and made on a shoestring budget, Black Christmas may not be as compact with content as it could be but as the film that essentially birthed the slasher genre, it always warrants a look-in. I feel like such a film geek saying this, but I adore its small details. Point-of-view shots pave the way for later classics like Halloween and Maniac, the taut cinematography and pinched close-ups make for an unsettling atmosphere as do the crackling telephone conversations shifting from incomprehensible muffles to clearly articulated threats.
It's a film with significance but one that is easily forgotten by many and frequently undermined. Look at any slasher film today and you can still see its markings. Ti West's The…
Fuelled by a foreboding atmosphere and a wonderfully ambiguous and creepy killer, this is a great early slasher flick. Easy to see why it was such an inspiration on so many others that followed it.
I just watched Black Christmas and it is excellent.
It is sometimes credited as the first slasher film, I don't know if that's true but it still feels fresh despite all the subsequent clichés. It feels more like a thriller (like a Brian De Palma film from the same time).
It has everything going for it, beautifully shot, edited etc... But the most important thing is it has real characters, characters you can care about - even the supporting cast is great.
And John Saxon as the detective!
This, alongside Halloween, is the only slasher I'd call classy. Perfection.
Todo un clásico del cine de terror que sirvió como precursora de lo que luego sería Halloween y por ende todos los slashers que la siguieron. Lo que diferencia a Navidades Negras de otras películas de coetáneas es sobretodo lo bien que se mantiene con el paso del tiempo. Sus interpretaciones son sólidas, el guión está muy estructurado y es original e interesante, la tensión está manejada de forma brillante (especialmente gracias a esa cámara subjetiva constante y a la ausencia de violencia gráfica, que no implícita). Es además interesante ver ciertas influencias de otras grandes del género como Argento.
Es sin duda una película que sigue siendo tan sólida como lo fue en los 70 y de recomendada visión para los amantes del género.
Little baby bunting
Daddy's went a hunting
Gonna fetch a rabbit skin
To wrap his baby Agnes in
I love stumbling across older horror films that are genuinely terrifying, so when I found this, I was telling everyone they had to watch it. If you're like me and 70's slashers get to you, watch this movie. Hopefully you'll go into it knowing next to nothing like I did, because it's truly scary and shocking. It's not just successful for a horror movie though, it's a great movie that stays under your skin.
Despite practically inventing the slasher formula, it almost feels like self parody, as though it's a tongue in cheek deconstruction of the sub genre despite birthing it. There's a devilish sense of humour, genuinely chilling atmosphere and it doesn't resort to over the top gore effects or gratuitous nudity like today's slasher films.
An underwhelming horror film from the 1970s.
Innovative horror film from the 70's which invented the slasher genre -and not one pair of tits throughout.
Black Christmas is about a group of sorority sisters in a house being stalked by a serial killer who is picking them off one by one - a perfect recipe for suspense, gore and shots of women's breasts - or so I thought.
The film which invented the genre starts with a POV shot of a serial killer - which inspired Halloween - peering into the window of a sorority house, this is it would seem would be a perfect time to have a shot of two barely legal women engaging in a shower together, lightly lathering up each others flesh pouches…
This movie is kind of like me: relentlessly chilling. 😎
I'm waiting to make the jump up to my 300 favorite horror flicks but I'll take the leap soon.
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest" (as well as some of my…