Black Christmas (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Dec 12 2006

A harbinger of the slasher cycle kick-started by ‘Halloween’ four years later, Bob Clark’s 1974 ‘Black Christmas’ coined most of the familiar conventions. This twisted remake retains the original’s Yuletide setting and basic set-up – housebound sorority sisters terrorised by obscene phone calls and violent attacks – but also attempts a postmodern riff. By incorporating the first film’s psycho killer mythology into the remake’s narrative fabric, writer-director Glen Morgan’s script both reprises and comments upon Clark’s cult horror classic. Sadly, by substituting clever-clever plotting, expository flashbacks and a shoal of red herrings for the original’s creepy, cumulative suspense, Morgan loses focus and deflates the tension. To compensate, he simply ups the gore and nastiness quotient, with a particular emphasis on the removal and display of eyeballs. There are some enjoyably knowing subversions of the ‘slay ride’ formula and a few nice touches, notably the casting of one of the original girls (Andrea Martin) as the sorority house mother. But a modern horror movie featuring a non-ironic shower scene is far less knowing than it pretends to be.
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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Dec 15, 2006

Duration:

84 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Katie Cassidy, Andrea Martin, Lacey Chabert, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michelle Trachtenberg

Production Designer:

Mark Freeborn

Editor:

Chris G Willingham

Cinematography:

Robert McLachlan

Music:

Shirley Walker

Screenwriter:

Glen Morgan

Director:

Glen Morgan

Art Director:

Tony Wohlgemuth

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Hector14

Black Christmas is absolutley ridiculous.But Michelle Trachtenberg saves the day with her charismatic performence