No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind 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.
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.....
Film #2 of the "Scavenger Hunt" Challenge
28. A Film Representing Your Favorite Holiday
This movie doesn't have much to do with Christmas but whatever it doesn't matter. Hallelujah, an end to a horror film I don't despise!
I am quite honestly baffled and embarrassed that I have not seen this before. For some reason I just had always regarded Black Christmas as some knockoff low budget slasher movie. No, in fact it is THE first teen slasher movie ever (according to the teen slasher narrative model). It is also directed by Bob Clark who did the amazing story that takes place in my good ol' Indiana A Christmas Story AND was at the time the most costly subsidized film in Canadian history (this is a Canadian production eh!).
And it is PHENOMENAL! How come no is still talking about this movie?! Halloween gets a lot of credit for being great, well deserved yes, but where is the…
Nice, creepy early slasher with decent performances.
Nice early slasher without a lot of horror elements. It's certainly creepy and disturbing but not very gory and free of jump scares. The biggest source of horror is the lackluster police work and the realistic lack of common sense from the sorority girls.
The characters would fit in a cheery college comedy but the dire events make them grow just a tiny bit as they become aware of the awful state of the world. Perhaps it's an entire naive culture exposed to the horrors of what was going on in Vietnam at the time. It's a moody horror film that seems more sad about the victims than what is usually the case in horror stories.
All the performances are…
70's Canadian sorority house terrorized by GoPro-wearing slasher who is totally not calling from INSIDE THE HOUSE!!!!!
Shot in wonderful old-fashioned hipster film, the 70's style clothing and house decor made me feel like I was smothering in a giant shag carpet. The killer-POV footage would make up the entire move these days. The retro telephone technology was a hoot in itself.
The soundtrack seemed to consist almost entirely of ringing phones and someone running their fingers back and forth across the strings inside a piano.
The performances were decent enough. Good to see Margot Kidder in her better days. The booze-hiding house mother was a treat.
Unlike most teenage slasher movies, I didn't want everyone dead within the first…
I saw this on Netflix and thought I'd give it a whirl but wasn't expecting much. I ended up really enjoying it. I was hooked but then the middle got boring as it got slow but then it picks up again :)
Now that is what I call a well made slasher film! Screw the "perfect slasher classic" Halloween, Black Christmas is miles better than that! It's not cheesy, it's unique and creepy and wonderful!
This was a helluva good movie. I've seen my share of slasher movies- not a ton, mind you, but my share. After all, I don't want to be greedy. Anyway, the point being that Black Christmas gets a real lift and feels fresh, I think, because there were no cliches of the genre for Bob Clark to fall back on. There are just characters in a semi-closed setting all coming to a bad end.
Seeing Keir Dullea was weird as 2001 is the only touchstone I have for him and Margot Kidder was great. I will likely never say this again, but, more Margot Kidder, please. And John Saxon.
The phone calls were creepy. I mean genuinely disturbing. And that last call was a little heartbreaking, as well.
Also, this may be the only sorority-centric film that has zero interest in sex and the nekkid flesh that goes with.
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…