Black Christmas (DVD, 2007, Unrated Widescreen)
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- lemaphilpo0Apr 11, 2016by
Love this movie having fun watching it has a good story line
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- juicysnotsMar 21, 2007by
Over-The-Top Remake !! Top-Shelf !!
"Black Christmas" (UNRATED) isn't just a remake of the 1974 Cult Classic., it's a deliriously entertaining love letter to the entire genre of 70's and 80's slasher films. With its highly creative murder sequences and twisted sense of humor, it plays not like a slasher movie, but as aging fans remember them through the forgiving haze of nostalgia.
It's like "Prom Night" or "My Bloody Valentine" reimagined by filmmakers of genuine wit and style. Writer-director Morgan and producer James Wong have collaborated on a number of other satisfying horror films, including two of the "Final Destination" pictures and the grossly-underappreciated outstanding "Willard" remake. If "Final Destination" was an inventive variation on the "dead teenager" formula pioneered by "Friday the 13th", "Black Christmas" is to the whole genre of slasher films what "Kill Bill" was to 70's Grindhouse Flicks — a pastiche that is smarter and funnier than the movies it's ripping off.
Like the original film, "Black Christmas" follows a group of sorority sisters still at school just before Christmas as they are picked off one by one by a killer who terrorizes them with creepy prank calls. (Foonote "SCREAM") - A few iconic images aside, this "Black Christmas" is quite different in tone from the original; where the 1974 film was subtly unsettling, the new movie goes for the throat right from the garish prologue and never lets up. It's profane, disgusting and morally repellent — and in the case of a movie like this, those are all big compliments. Morgan's screenplay delivers everything a horror fan could want: The murders are the most uniquely disgusting since "Happy Birthday to Me", the inevitable backstory that impacts the present-day murders is ingeniously warped, and the cast is made up of attractive but vapid young women whose demises are satisfying and disturbing in equal measure.
By every possible criterion, the remake is a superior film — it's more efficiently paced and much more stylish. It's the perfect kind of remake in that it pays tribute to the original (both with a number of clever visual quotations and in the casting of original cast member Andrea Martin in a key role), while improving upon it with new ideas and images.
In the best slasher movie tradition, "Black Christmas" is patently absurd when it comes to the physical limitations (or lack thereof) of its killer, but the filmmakers' audacity in creating a villain who can do the impossible is part of the fun. Criticizing the lack of reality in a picture like this is like complaining about the lack of belly laughs in "Children of Men". A great slasher movie is defined by two things: energy and a deranged sensibility, and "Black Christmas" contains both attributes in abundance. The widescreen cinematography is flat-out gorgeous., and more than worthy of high recognition !! And Morgan's gleeful desire to shock the audience both with the gore and the perverse backstory is delightfully infectious., (i.e. a great holiday film wherein a psychopathic serial killer uses milk to wash down Christmas Cookies made of human flesh).
This season, if it's between Will Smith as a homeless guy who's an expert with a Rubik's Cube vs a wild bunch of hot, sexy sorority sisters being stalked by a deeply disturbed psycho, I'll take the latter.
SEE THIS !! Well Recommended !! Cannot Fail You As A Horror Fan !! ENJOY !!Read full review
- janicelee33Apr 26, 2007by
Black Christmas (2007) DVD
A few innocent women experience a nightmare before Christmas in this bloody thriller. Billy Lenz, a severely maladjusted child, finally snaps under years of brutal treatment by his family, killing and eating them in an explosion of violence on Christmas Eve. For years, the Lenz house stands vacant, but in time it's purchased and renovated as the new home for a college sorority. A few days before Christmas, a handful of sorority sisters -- Dana (Lacey Chabert), Melissa (Michelle Trachtenberg), Kelli (Katie Cassidy), and Heather (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) -- are enjoying a quiet evening with their house mother, Barbara MacHenry (Andrea Martin), exchanging gifts and swapping stories before heading home for holiday break. While Barbara remembers the story of Billy's crimes, the atmosphere is peaceful until the young women receive the first in a series of disturbing telephone calls. Before long, they learn that Billy has escaped after years in a mental institution, and has come back to the house where he grew up to once again spill blood for the Christmas season. Black Christmas is a remake of the 1974 horror film of the same name by director Bob Clark, who later made a less-threatening film about the Yuletide season, A Christmas Story; Andrea Martin, who plays the house mother, also appeared in the 1974 film as one of the sorority girls. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
Running Time: 95 mins
Katie Cassidy - Kelli
Lacey Chabert - Dana
Oliver Hudson - Kyle
Crystal Lowe - Lauren
Jessica Harmon - Megan
Kathleen Kole - Eve
Howard Siegel - Stepfather
Cainan Wiebe - Young Billy
Christina Crivici - Young Agnes
Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Heather
Michelle Trachtenberg - Melissa
Andrea Martin - Mrs. Mac
Kristen Cloke - Leigh
Leela Savasta - Clair
Karin Konoval - Billy's Mother
Peter Wilds - Billy's Father
Robert Mann - Billy
Dean Friss - Agnes
MPAA Rating: R(Nudity, Sexual Situations, Gore, Profanity)
Producer(s):Marc Butan, Steven Hoban, Victor Solnicki
Studio:Weinstein CompanyRead full review
- 1021379465@dele...Dec 06, 2011by
Awesome Movie!! Great value for the money!!
I think Black X-Mas is a great movie!! Not just around the holidays, but all thimes of the year. I like the suspense in the movie!! I do have to say this movie is better them a lot of other movies (horror) that I have seen lately! I would by this movie for anyone who wanted a good scary movie!!
- cmartinfsFeb 20, 2008by
A very strange film to review..............
This movie is just about neutral for me because the bad and the good things about this movie are about the same. It starts off really boring and cheesy for me because the killing scenes are so fake and look like the special effects are still from the 70's, if the killing scenes were better it would have made the show more enjoyable. Then there are the weird scenes dealing with mother-son sex, which makes it very weird to watch and makes me question why I'm watching this, but I guess that's just how the story goes. After about half the movie, then it gets exciting and actually makes me want to finish the film. Overall only half of the film is good, and I would rent it before you buy it since everyone like different horror, this may be the one for you, but for me personally it was a one time show.....Read full review