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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…
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.
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 review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's weird to think that this movie precedes John Carpenter's Halloween by four years, which is always credited with being the archetypical slasher film. There are a lot of slasher tropes being worked out here. Menacing phone calls coming from inside the house, POV camera shots, and somewhat of a final girl.
Where this movie sets itself apart from future successors of the genre are in the thoughtful characterization (I thought these female characters were very well-written for the time and not treated as just a means for a body-count) and the beautiful lighting. Check this on on blu-ray if you can. The light is very clean, but the 70s graininess is kept.
Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder are awesome in this movie. John Saxon plays the "every-cop" like he will in countless horror and slasher movies to come afterward.
Spoiler alert: the cat was an accomplice in at least two of the murders that we know about.
Feels very ahead of its time.
The origins of where the slasher subgenre truly began is a debatable topic. Some trace its roots back to the two 1960 classics: "Psycho" and "Peeping Tom". However, they didn't start the trend. "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" was later released but still didn't make it popular. Then, in 1974, a little film was released called "Black Christmas". It was directed by Bob Clark, who would later go on to direct the comedy "Porky's" and another holiday gem: "A Christmas Story". Though this film is obscure to many, it did find an audience. As a result many trace the origins of the slasher movie here. I honestly have to agree. It is true that "Halloween" made this subgenre more popular, but…
Clark really had it going on--but then he made Porky's.
Watched the new scream factory disc in prep for my next article. Film has never looked better, the 2K scan is beautiful and the audio was top tier. Digging into the bonus features as we speak.
There are only two black people in this movie! At least we get a young Lois Lane and the finest Juliet of them all.
I want that poster of the old lady giving the finger.
While Olivia Hussey is slightly miscast in the lead role, BLACK CHRISTMAS is none-the-less a dark hearted Christmas classic. Bob Clark directs the hell out of the film, and the film remains surprisingly (and depressingly) relevant with regards to how it addresses entitled and abusive masculinity.
Some issues with logic and reason that plagued the genre in the 70's and 80's but strong performances and it's role in horror history make it a must watch.
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I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.