It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list 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.
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…
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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…
The Good: The beautiful Olivia Hussey, a wisecracking, scene-stealing Margot Kidder, and a crazed—and I mean batshit bonkers—killer named Billy. Superbly shot with a number of memorable kills. And it's Christmas! I love John Carpenter and Michael Myers, but Bob Clark's Black Christmas is one of—if not the—first and still the greatest slasher film ever made.
The Bad: Nothing major.
The Bottom Line: The director of Porky's gave us two of the best Christmas-themed movies of all time. I know you've seen A Christmas Story a bajillion times now. Why not check out this criminally underrated and underseen masterpiece? Black Christmas is essential viewing.
It's dated but still creepy.
One of the very first slasher films, and also one of the very best. In fact, it's so good that as much as I love a good slasher film, I hate to label it as such. It really has a lot more in common with the atmospheric subtlety and creepy ambiguities of PSYCHO than it does with FRIDAY THE 13TH.
The inhabitants of a sorority house are menaced by obscene and genuinely disturbing phone calls over Christmas break, unaware that the perpetrator is actually right above them, a deranged killer living in the abandoned attic. The film gets a great deal of mileage out of the eeriness of the largely empty college campus and sorority house, deserted over the holiday…
"I know, it's something dirty, ain't it?
It was certainly interesting watching the utterly awful remake of this a year beforehand. I think in some ways it gave me a greater appreciation for just how good this 1974 original was. Mind you, I really would have preferred not to have suffered through the recent version. Even if it did have Kristen Cloke in it.
What I found especially fascinating about Black Christmas (this one, not the crap one) is that it is widely regarded as being an incredibly influential film in the slasher genre despite the fact that it is still so different to so…
I've read somewhere there's a big cult around this movie and that is probably the first slasher ever (it does have most of the elements, I must say), but I don't really get what is all the fuzz about.
It's pretty mediocre, and the lack of closure really pissed me off!
It's fun to watch, except for some pretty strange dialogues, especially when it comes to Barb (played by Margot Kidder, who was also Kathy Lutz in the 79 version of The Amityville Horror, and Lois Lane in the whole dreadful Superman franchise).
This is an absolute masterpiece of horror.
One of (if not the) greatest slasher film ever. Everything about this film is masterful.
This could be the first slasher film
The POV shots of the killer still creep me out to this day
Reminiscent of Dario Argento, Black Christmas is exactly how I like my horror: creepy, suspenseful and scary. Olivia Hussey gives a schlocky central performance, and John Saxon lives up to his cult casting, but it's Margot Kidder who is the real star of the show: vivacious, loud and crass.
Notably funny. Genuinely scary. Completely gutting. A seasonal tradition.
One of the best and most seminal slasher films of the 1970s. It sets the tone for some of the best of the genre. Besides featuring a magnificent cast, it features one of the most disturbing killers (an uncredited Nick Mancuso) ever committed to film. I have seen this film dozens of times, and his final attack on Olivia Hussey still unnerves me every time. A great bit of Canadiana too with Andrea Martin, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle and Les Carlson all appearing.
The virgin dies first in this pre-Halloween '70s slasher prototype, and it's certainly among the few of its kind invested with enough empathy to pivot on the tragic repercussions of its first victim, right through to the haunting final shot. Also, a genuinely disturbing prank caller, isn't that novel?
...THEN WHO WAS PHONE?
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