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…
Part of the "31 Rides Out Overtime" list: letterboxd.com/ipcress/list/31-rides-out-the-overtime-edition/
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…
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 reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Astonished with how well this was. The story and first person shots were perfect. The vulgar phone calls from Billy were so fucking creepy. At times I couldn't believe that this movie was made in 1974. Looking forward to watching this again during Christmas time.
Part of Hooptober. Loved the shit out of this. Similar to It Happened One Night and the romantic comedy, Black Christmas is still so fresh (the abortion subplot practically renders it topical) and realized that it shames most of the movies that claim it as an influence. Only dispatches a character when the story calls for it, not like it's hitting its quota. The formidable acting trio of Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, and John Saxon means that you're in good hands as well. Loved the liquor gag and the Sgt. Nash asides. There's something deeply unsettling and weirdly satisfying about the unresolved whodunit too. Big fan.
Bob Clark proto-slasher with a better than average cast but a weak, hard to swallow script.
Not particularly good.
"Could you give me the number at the sorority house? Please?"
"Yeah, sure. It's, ah... Fellatio 20880. Fellatio. It's a new exchange, FE."
Thoroughly creepy atmosphere, some great kills, very strong female lead, but it's so damn slow. For the film to have such a smart lead character, it kinda goes against itself by retaining logic perhaps even more idiotic than what's typically expected with horrors. It's just dated is all.
Wow. A classic. A killer stalks a sorority house.
Excuse my ignorance. I had no idea what this was when I added it my Hoop-Tober list. I just saw that it was on several HT lists I liked so I decided to give it a try.
The use of sound (the soundtrack and diegetic sound) in Black Christmas is tops; it creates atmosphere, communicates mental/emotional states, and, most interestingly, tells a story of its own. Ultimately, sound tells a story of its own; it illuminates the main story, but only to a point. Because we can't see some of the most important events, the film retains a sense of ambiguity. In short, Black Christmas demands repeat viewings.
film #3 of my hoop-tober 2.0 challenge
"don't go upstairs, jess!"
i'm not a huge slasher fan. to be honest, i've never really met a slasher i've liked outside of the the brilliant scream series and the imaginative but underachieving nightmare on elm street series. this movie has changed that. on a horror level, it's so surprisingly well-executed; the scares aren't cheap, the atmosphere is genuinely unsettling, the editing is tight, the pacing and run-time assure it never outstays its welcome, etc. beyond that, the film is infused with moments of pitch-black humour and meta-awareness that are much more subtle than the scream series it so clearly inspired. i honestly cannot sing this film's praises enough. watch it if you haven't already
No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…