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Black Christmas

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest

The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority house prepare for the festive season, a demonic stranger begins to stalk the house.

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Fresh: Generally heralded as the first of its kind, Black Christmas may actually be one of a kind.

- Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: ...a sporadically effective slasher...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Fresh: This dark holiday classic ranks as one of the screen's very first slasher flicks.

- Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It's a shame that slasher genre and all it's settings and twists had become clichd, because this movie established most of them for the first time. Although the dark humour, girls and some disturbing happenings make up for it.

- pier007, Tuesday, February 15, 2011

4 stars

Creepy atmospheric stalk and slash classic. Not very graphic violence wise neither is there a huge body count either, but it's a very well made and put together little movie that proves to be very effective. It's also a christmas themed movie... love christmas movies! Those seeking a kill-a-minute gore drenched slasher with a mongloid faced killer look elsewhere.

- WrenchLT, Tuesday, January 11, 2011

4 stars

Here is the grandmother of the slasher film, four years before Halloween. Black Christmas' power is impossible to deny; its characters are compelling, the imagery poignant, and the acting top-notch. It's no great wonder that John Carpenter would cite this repeatedly in his own seminal film, also an independent horror production with a tiny budget. For the most part, he not only duplicated, but multiplied the success found in this film, as most horror fans would concede that Halloween probably holds up much better than Black Christmas in terms of scares. It still remains surprisingly tense, but it sort of whiffs the climactic set piece, and much of its energy has been stolen from the films it left in its wake. This doesn't do much to discount its incredibly sharp script - Margot Kidder clearly relishes every line given to her - or the sinister flourishes that populate this snowy, quiet universe. Absolutely essential viewing for any horror fan, especially those with slashy inclinations.

- ceWEBrity, Monday, January 10, 2011