coles84’s review published on Letterboxd:
Going in with an open mind certainly felt the right thing to do. I love the original and didn’t particularly like the 2006 remake but this sits comfortably in the middle of the two. I was confused for the most part why this took the BLACK CHRISTMAS monicker as while it plays some neat homage it is a completely different film that could have easily had its own title that nobody would have accused them of ripping BC off with. I figure it’s to sell but if the target audience aren’t familiar with the original that theory goes out the window too. A lot of negativity seems to stem around the fact it is a PG13 film and I completely forgot that point when watching the film, it was only afterwards I realised the lack of swearing, sex and violence. I think this is where the odd supernatural element comes in to play, it’s much easier to get away with killing possessed demons, who shed black blood, than actual students.
Imogen Poots puts in another stellar performance and a neat reminder she should be in a lot more. She seems to command a camera with ease while providing action a plenty keeping a film well and truly alive.
Could I see myself revisiting this version? Probably not, but I did enjoy my brief experience and was better than I thought it was going to be. Kudos for the THE EXORCIST 3 nod too!