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…
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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.....
Il meccanismo della paura si basa su timori ancestrali che colonizzano la psiche.
Un assassino seriale e pazzo semina il terrore in una casa di studentesse, ma è l'incongruo, il non-spiegabile, il tuffo nell'abisso che inquieta.
Chequen sus closets y áticos muchachos, no saben qué clase de locos pueden guardarse ahí.
Classic. I can't believe it took me this long to see it. Barb is an absolute joy, it's crackling with wit and humour that miraculously hasn't aged too badly at all. It's extremely tense, and even though you know what's going to happen because the clever twists have - over the years - become horror clichés, it's still packs a punch.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Often times Black Christmas has been credited with creating the slasher genre (I would say Psycho or Bay of Blood deserves the credit), but i it was actually one of the last slashers that I've seen personally. The film is largely seen as being underrated, and perhaps even better than Halloween (which came out 4 years later), but while this movie does stray away from what would become genre conventions I simply cannot agree with that assessment.
The movie does feature a pretty talented cast, and the fact that our main heroine is presented as having flaws (She is a mother that is having a child out of wedlock for instance) is a positive for the film. The acting is…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A nifty little low-budget thriller that has acquired a certain amount of notoriety over the years as one of the key progenitors of the ‘slasher film’ genre that came to plague/populate cinemas throughout the late seventies and early eighties. When contrasted with many of the similarly-themed films that followed, its strengths are obvious: it’s generally well-made, mostly well-acted and quite suspenseful, with some memorable imagery and a surprising final twist.
I was a little disappointed that Margot Kidder didn’t get more screen-time as she gives the film a high-voltage boost whenever she appears, but Olivia Hussey is an adorable Final Girl who manages to survive to the last reel despite the fact that not only isn’t she a virgin (as…
"Have yourself a very Merry Christmas"...that's until the phone starts ringing. Happy holidays Billy, whoever you are!
I honestly think I just love women named Margot or any variation within that.
Far better than I thought it would be (though some of the acting needs a little work): I was expecting something that was B-movie camp & got something that was pretty well put together.
Also, I didn't realize the influence this film had on the slasher genre & that made me see it in a different light as well.
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