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.....
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.
The Killing of the Unicorn.
Thumbs Up: I was expecting this to be way more dirty and cheap but Black Christmas nearly half a century later is surprisingly effective and polished, performances are all great, the setting provides some interesting feminist touches (particularly for Olivia Hussey's character and the way the cops dismiss their fears), cool creepy score.
Thumbs Down: The worst door sound FX in cinema history, the lack of explanation is ballsy but ultimately a little frustrating.
The most popular film of 1974 that I had not seen
Not quite as funny as his most popular film (A Christmas Story) and less likely to be run as a marathon on TBS over the holidays, Bob Clark's Black Christmas is certainly influential for all horror films to come. Very 70's ending.
This may have been my first time seeing this with the mad grindhouse crowd at the New Beverly, something that has become my favorite Christmas film tradition (with the exception of watching Clark's _other_ Christmas film and drinking scotch on Christmas Eve).
One of the very earliest slasher films, predating Halloween by four years (and including many of the same techniques later used to greater recognition in that film), Black Christmas remains a truly chilling piece of filmmaking 40 years later. The low-budget creepfest, also distributed under the title Silent Night, Evil Night to avoid being mistaken for a blaxploitation flick, followed the classic cult film pattern of being largely dismissed or ignored upon initial release only to be rescued from obscurity years later. It even got a 2006 remake, which I steadfastly refuse to watch. The original is now considered essential viewing for any serious horror fan.
Set in the days leading up to Christmas, the story focuses on a sorority…
horror before cgi was a magical thing
Ever since I saw this on the BBC late one night, many moons ago, Black Christmas has remained a favourite of mine.
I've seen it quite a few times and it's one of those films that I never tire of. Bob Clark creates an atmosphere you could cut with a knife, and the building that is used as the sorority house is almost like another character.
Another thing: much like John Carpenter just four years later, Clark shows next-to-no gore – and the film is all the better for it.
Slasher film DNA is present in this gripping thriller that finds above a sorority house is beset by obscene phone calls during Christmas time and when a girl goes missing (we are shown how, and it’s harrowing stuff) police detective John Saxon (born to play the detective cop type) investigates. A young Margot Kidder among that lot shows a lot of spunk although Olivia Hussey leads. The film teases and mocks audiences and although a slow burner, it grips. Stylish execution provides an effective contrast between its Christmas time setting and the violence within, while the editing ramps up the tension in various scenes.
While slow and and seemingly unoriginal, Black Christmas is an atmospheric horror film whose mixing of horror elements produced the first unofficial slasher movie.
Quentin Tarantino's favorite films based on the internet pulled from multiple sources.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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