Black Christmas

Black Christmas

Streaming Video - 1974
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The college town of Bedford is receiving an unwelcome guest this Christmas. As the residents of sorority house Pi Kappa Sigma prepare for the festive season, a stranger begins to stalk the house.
Publisher: [United States] : Shout! Factory : Made available through hoopla, 1974
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 98 min.)) : sd., col


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Jan 27, 2019

Filmed in just over a month on a modest budget, Bob Clark’s wonderfully atmospheric slasher film went on to become one of the most famous bits of homegrown cinema, even influencing the likes of John Carpenter. Filmed in rich shadowy earth tones accentuated by candy-coloured holiday lights and a macabre score of jarring piano chords, "Black Christmas" is a guilty pleasure which makes no apologies for it’s handful of illogical plot devices, including an odd little twist at the end which, if taken as a psychological metaphor rather than a straight-up shocker, does manage to provide one final frisson. The strong cast of B-listers seem to be enjoying themselves while some clever cinematography, including creepy POV killer shots and one especially infamous eyeball scene, have you peering self-consciously over your shoulder. One of the best genre films I’ve seen thus far.

VaughanPLAlison Jan 02, 2018

Surprisingly not bad. One of the first films in the slasher genre, it has some genuinely creepy moments and an intriguing villain. A descent pick if you're looking for Christmas horror.

Jul 23, 2012

This is a decent horror film featuring some of my favorite actors, and it is certainly a horror classic but falls flat to my 2012 spoiled eyes. I guess back in 1974 this film was scary, at least it had a lot of Hitchcock influence. Nowadays, well...apart from the classic camerawork and a cult following, it's still watchable. I feel that I am on the fence with this one, so I'm just going to give it an average grade. It was great to see Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder star in it though!


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