Movies that are slightly off.
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…
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Watching this forty-two years after its release, the phone calls in Black Christmas are still quite disturbing and effective. The decision to give the killer a voice but never reveal his identity works like a charm.
Great Film. A Classic Of The Slasher/Horror Genre. Good Atmosphere And Tension Make Sure It Still Stands Out To This Day
Uno degli slasher per antonomasia: fotografia cupa, morbose situazioni, soggettive inquietanti dell'assassino e telefonate minacciose. La regia di Clark si limita ad accompagnare lo svolgimento senza sussulti, e l'atmosfera un po' volgare è offerta in sacrificio ad una attesa che viene stranamente ricompensata da un finale assurdo, ma suggestivo.
Poco sangue; molta atmosfera.
I only saw this film for the first time about a year ago, and it has since become one of my all time favorites in the world of horror. The intensity that builds the audience up is exploded with fright within the films last ten minutes. The cast is colorful and hilarious. They look like normal people, instead of the plastic make up dolls that are casted in horror films today. The film has a clever way of making the audience think they know who the killer is, when in fact, they have no idea. Bob Clark's first Chistmas movie before doing A Christmas Story is dark yet humorous and is tastefully done. I love this film and watch it whenever I'm in a bad mood and it automatically cheers me up. I'd suggest giving it a watch the next time you're feeling down. The alcoholic house mother alone will make your day brighter.
Wow, this was scary! Was expecting a decent slasher but this was actually quite good. I'm almost afraid to call it a slasher because the kills are not spectacularly gory or violent. There's not even that much blood. No, the film conveys more fear and terror than most typical slashers combined. The killers voice as well as his obscene and truly distrubing phone calls gave me chills. Man, that shit worked like a charm. Was also suprised that some horrorfilm tropes in the last act were first introduced in this movie...i think.^^ If you can overlook the slow paced first act and some conventions that feel old and familiar today, this is a fine horrorfilm.
Well-made and atmospheric but ultimately unsatisfying. It's a slasher without much slashing, a whodunnit without a who. Good actors for this sort of thing help a lot but it's repetitive in places.
Being one of the first noticeable slashers, I'm surprised how much it's imitators borrowed from this film and executed in the wrong ways.
Black Christmas works so well because it's handled with such care. The film is well written and it's methodically paced. Working as a slow burn that's filled with tension and unease throughout its run time.
The film isn't gory at all too. The death scenes are handled brilliantly though, with amazing POV sequences. It never takes away from the story.
Even the way the killer was handled was so unique. His voice was just downright disturbing and the phone calls truly creeped me out. I loved that we never get a clear shot revealing his identity leaving…
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.
The wikipedia entry on Exploitation cinema is a bit hit and miss. Some films are nicely representative of their exploitation…