Black Christmas (1974)




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Black Christmas is an effective, frightening above average slasher movie with a good cast and a frightening, surprise ending. Barb (Margot Kidder) and Jess (Olivia Hussey) are lonely sorority sisters who are having a Christmas party in their sorority house during the Christmas break. Peter (Keir Dullea) is a mad-killer who terrorizes the women by making threatening telephone calls. As the body count mounts, the women realize that the killer may be in the house. Black Christmas, one of the first of the slasher pictures, is still frightening despite some plot devices which have now become standard and predictable. Director Bob Clark uses his excellent cast to great effect, and the script, written by Roy Moore, has some great plot twists and a good, scary surprise ending. Black Christmas has also been released as Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger in the House.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Warner Bros. Pictures


Keir Dullea
as Peter
John Saxon
as Lt. Fuller
Marion Waldman
as Mrs. Mac
Art Hindle
as Chris
Lynne Griffin
as Clare Harrison
James Edmond
as Mr. Harrison
Doug McGrath
as Sergeant Nash
Les Carlson
as Graham
Martha Gibson
as Mrs Quaife
John Rutter
as Laughing Detective
Robert Warner
as Doctor
Syd Brown
as Farmer
Les Rubie
as Search Party Member
Jack Van Evera
as Search Party Member
Pam Barney
as Jean
Julian Reed
as Jennings
Dave Mann
as Policeman
John Stoneham
as Policeman
Danny Gain
as Policeman
Tom Foreman
as Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Black Christmas

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (3)

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

Full Review… | December 27, 2006
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A well-made excursion into the bloody unknown, driven by characterization and modulated by a tone that knows when to amplify the scares and when to back away from them, usually at the service of a story with the morbid curiosity to investigate further.

Full Review… | July 1, 2016

One of the better slasher films.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
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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… | December 17, 2010
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Audience Reviews for Black Christmas

best christmas movie ever

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

It's a shame that slasher genre and all it's settings and twists had become clichéd, because this movie established most of them for the first time. Although the dark humour, girls and some disturbing happenings make up for it.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

Creepy atmospheric stalk and slash classic. Not very graphic violence wise neither is there a huge body count either, but it's a very well made and put together little movie that proves to be very effective. It's also a christmas themed movie... love christmas movies! Those seeking a kill-a-minute gore drenched slasher with a mongloid faced killer look elsewhere.

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Lee ?

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