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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…
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.
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.....
Bob Clark's "Black Christmas" is such an underrated slasher, it'll put a horror fan in the Christmas spirit any time of the year!
this movie doesn't resolve a single thing and I love it
Agnes, it's me: Billy.
Black Christmas opens with a supremely effective shot. The camera lingers outside a sorority house, glancing in voyeuristically as the killer's - and by extension our - gaze pierces through the warm glow of Christmas decorations. It's this juxtaposition of the sublime against the profane that makes Black Christmas so unnerving.
As the story progresses, and the killer's bodycount starts to rack up, some of the dramatic beats fail to hit as intended. But, the POV shots of the killer, ever-lurking in the bowels of the house remain chillingly effective throughout the film's runtime.
Black Christmas is a wonderfully suspenseful and inventive horror film. It's just a shame that the interpersonal drama of the film fails to hit its intended mark. I give Black Christmas a 4/5.
Horror classic I was unaware of for too long. Now it is a favorite and a December tradition! Bob Clark made a great movie that never fails to entertain and horrify.
Man, Christmas is even comfy when you're being murdered. Black Christmas is a fantastic film and blows Halloween out of the water. Everything about it is great. It's a surprisingly realistic slasher, with actual competent police work, likable victims you can actually relate to, and real, genuine tension and horror. And I mean absolute horror. This guy is so fucked up, and the glimpses into his psyche are so scarring, it's like nothing else. The things you hear in his phone calls imply some things that even I, gorehound that I am, am glad they didn't show us in lame flashbacks. The cinematography is amazing; there's so much cool shit happening in nearly every shot it's hard to keep up…
I just want to take a moment to appreciate the cover art for this fucked up wonderful movie.
my girlfriend barb did not deserve that kind of treatment
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A crazy killer breaks into a sorority house at Christmastime, and starts making obscene phone calls and threatening them as he starts picking them off. Jess (Olivia Hussey) is the central character, and Barb (Margot Kidder), Phyl, and Clare are the other girls. They have an obnoxious drunkard housemother named Mrs. Mac, and Jess has a horrid (and unhinged) pianist boyfriend. Some various other characters get involved after the murders start occurring.
As usual, Olivia Hussey is alarmingly beautiful and looks way younger than she is (here, she still looks about 17, despite being 23), though it’s not really explained why she’s got that thick accent. Her performance doesn’t have a lot of personality. The abortion subplot doesn’t really add…
So, this is really not a difficult thing to figure out.
Low budget producer: I just want you to make a giallo film but smarter and none of that fancy lighting and fancy buildings. We don't have the money for that.
A. Roy Moore/Bob Clark: you got it.
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