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Black Christmas (2006)

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Average Rating: 3.3/10
Reviews Counted: 57
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 49

A gratuitous remake of the 1974 slasher, Black Christmas pumps out the gore and blood with zero creativity, humor, or visual flair.

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Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 18

A gratuitous remake of the 1974 slasher, Black Christmas pumps out the gore and blood with zero creativity, humor, or visual flair.

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Movie Info

Billy, a young boy, was abused by his mother as a child. His mother cheated on Billy's father, and eventually killed the man, while keeping Billy in the attic--for good, while she was with her lover and starting a "new" family. As Billy's mother fell pregnant with a daughter and treated her with the love he had never experienced, Billy came out of the attic after years and brutally murdered his mother and her lover. Cut to present day, a group of six sorority sisters consisting of Kelli, Dana,

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Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Glen Morgan, Roy Moore

Apr 3, 2007

$16.2M

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All Critics (68) | Top Critics (21) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (49) | DVD (21)

It's old-school stupid.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Black Christmas lacks the timing and visual wit to make its splattery EC Comics gags either genuinely scary or funny.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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As yuletide counterprogramming goes, here's one smelly lump of coal.

January 2, 2007
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A modern horror movie featuring a non-ironic shower scene is far less knowing than it pretends to be.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Creativity is a stranger to this sick excuse for entertainment, which pounds a ridiculous back story into a butchered rehash that includes incest, cannibalism, eyeball gouging and impossibly dumb plot contrivances.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It also exchanges the police subplot that gave the earlier film its steady pace for a lot of pointless backstory about the mother-fixated stalker.

December 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A colossal mess, which is not at all as dispiriting as those remakes of classic horror which are just empty, shallow exercises in genre mechanics.

December 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

All setup and no payoff makes this a dull film.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

Neither horror, nor comedy. It's barely even a movie...

July 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Black Christmas works best as a campy deconstruction of the genre than it does as a horror film.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

this reimagining showcases with encyclopaedic relish just about every slasher convention and variation that has evolved over the last thirty or so years since the original Black Christmas screened.

June 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Shockingly awful in every way imaginable...

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The fans will dig the brief-yet-nasty FX work, but they'll have to slog through a pretty tiresome movie just to get their hands on those nuggets.

April 28, 2007 Full Review Source: DVD Clinic | Comment (1)
DVD Clinic

It's hard to get worked up over the fate of characters whose identities remain largely a matter of conjecture.

January 10, 2007

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January 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Glen Morgan's update of Bob Clark's 1974 slasher flick Black Christmas is an exemplar of how to screw up a modern horror film remake.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Lacey Chabert are pretty, but by not humanizing them, Morgan places viewers in his killer's perspective.

January 3, 2007 Full Review

Just another slasher flick that stopped off at the theater on its way to the $5.50 dump bin at Wal-Mart.

January 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Director Glen Morgan has a nice pictorial sense and a flair for ghoulish caricature, but the film is muddled and choppy.

January 3, 2007
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

One for real horror-buffs only.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Despite some admirably gory bits, this is a disappointing horror remake that's neither as scary nor as funny as it thinks it is.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Although this is a more standard horror film, the tone is witty and gleefully grisly.

January 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Comments (2)
Shadows on the Wall

Unfortunately for those hoping for shower scenes and other R-rated shenanigans, there's only one and it's pretty lame.

December 31, 2006 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Black Christmas

Unnecessary remake of the classic groundbreaking horror film of the same name, Black Christmas is a dull film that has everything you'd expect from a bad remake, bad acting, bad directing, predictable story and a poor cast. The original was a classic film that did not need to be remade. This film is not very entertaining, and relies on old ideas to create its horror. The end result is a film that simply doesn't work. As with nearly all remakes, Black Christmas is dull and is a disappointing film. There's nothing of interest that would make this film worth watching. The film lacks any depth to really make this one really stand out. The film navigates through constant mediocrity and overall ends up being an awful waste of time. Usually studios constantly remake horror classics such as Prom Night, The Hitcher Friday the 13th to name a few. Only a small handful were decent at best. But the Black Christmas remake suffers from a pointless story with bad acting that really tries too hard to entertain the viewer. Good horror films should be effortless in building the terror. However with this one, this is predictable and really bland with nothing new. As a slasher film, this remake doesn't do any that would make you expect the traditional good elements of what makes a slasher film so special. This remake is bland and predictable and is yet another remake that doesn't work because previously explored ideas that are just not intriguing. This should be avoided.
March 28, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Classless remake of the brilliant original featuring a bunch of stuck-up, foul-mouthed sorority sisters who you really don't mind seeing get brutally eye-gouged by the maniacal Billy Lenz and his sister/daughter Agnes. It's fast-paced and fairly unpredictable as far as who lives and dies, but it lags a long way behind the original and other modern slashers too. Works well as an alternate Christmas movie for the miserable bastards that don't enjoy the fun and cheer of the holiday season. ;-)
June 16, 2011
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Lee ?

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One of the most wasted time movie experiences ever! The end was the worst way to end a movie I have ever seen! I recommend it to people who like laughing g at horror movies!
February 5, 2010
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A tiny bit disturbing!
December 19, 2009
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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

    1. Lauren: Christmas is more about warding off evil spirits than Halloween. What Christmas shit in this room resembles anything Christian, huh? It's all neo-pagan magic. Christmas tree, a magical rite ensuring the return of the crops. The mistletoe is nothing but a conception charm. Fifth century Christians jacked a Roman Winter Festival - twelve days in December when the nights were long and the Earth was ruled by the demons of chaos. And fucking Santa Claus? This fat voyeur that watches you all year long to make sure you live up to his standards of decency before breaking into your house. And that is different from what Billy did, how?
    – Submitted by Nathan B (2 years ago)
    1. Heather: I'm really not okay with any of this. I mean, buying a Christmas present for a serial killer?
    2. Melissa: No. You see, serial killers murder repeatedly for sexual thrill. Billy Lenz was a spree killer - dude just fucking lost it.
    – Submitted by Nathan B (2 years ago)
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