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Black Christmas Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better slasher films.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

December 23, 2010
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While I'll always love The Shape emerging to chase after Laurie Strode, for my money "Black Christmas" is the supreme slasher film...

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

December 18, 2010
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

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

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 4/4

December 5, 2008
Rob Gonsalves

Perhaps frightening in 1974, it really doesn't hold up today unless you can forget the 12,000 films exactly like it, which is difficult.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

July 23, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Clark consegue crier uma atmosfera incômoda a partir de um fiapo de roteiro, sendo auxiliado também pela performance contida da bela Hussey.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 13, 2007
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a sporadically effective slasher...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 30, 2006
Variety Staff
Top Critic IconTop Critic

Only Marian Waldman as the house-mother comes across with any life.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 27, 2006

TV Guide's Movie Guide

Although strictly standard fare, the material is elevated somewhat through Clark's skillful handling of such plot devices as obscene phone calls from the killer to the girls via the upstairs phone and a nicely handled twist ending.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 4, 2006

Time Out
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The film still manages a good slice of old-fashioned suspense.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Corrodes jolly yuletide cheer with some cruel prank calls, sexual tension and sorority girl slayings.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B

February 16, 2006

New York Times
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A whodunit that begs the question of why it was made.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

May 9, 2005
Clint Morris

The horror film that started it all....not to be missed

| Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2005
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film

Like Carpenter, Clark avoids graphic gore, focussing instead on suggestion and using careful mise-en-scene, editing and use of music to build suspense.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

December 12, 2003
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

If nothing else, Black Christmas will always be remembered as the inferior older brother to Clark's other Christmas flick, the Tito of the Jackson clan.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

December 1, 2003
Heidi Martinuzzi
Film Threat

Cold, classy, and straightforward, Black Christmas also has the advantage of good acting by the female leads played by Margot Kidder and Olivia Hussey.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 8, 2002
Christopher Null

its progeny would improve quite a bit on the formula

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2002
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

I wouldn't call Black Christmas some kind of overlooked classic of the genre -- or subgenre. I think 'overlooked classic template' would be nearer the mark.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2002
Scott Weinberg

From the director of "A Christmas Story," but don't let that fool you!

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002

Baltimore Sun

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: C+

December 30, 2006
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