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Black Christmas Reviews

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November 13, 2017
Made at a time when there were as yet no fixed rules for the slasher subgenre, here anything goes, and the survival of neither virgin nor even final girl comes guaranteed.
August 24, 2017
The writing is also very good and a reminder of a time when movies were genuinely made for adults.
July 1, 2016
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 | Original Score: 3/4
December 23, 2010
One of the better slasher films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 18, 2010
While I'll always love The Shape emerging to chase after Laurie Strode, for my money "Black Christmas" is the supreme slasher film...
December 5, 2008
Generally heralded as the first of its kind, Black Christmas may actually be one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/5
April 13, 2007
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
December 30, 2006
...a sporadically effective slasher...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2006
Only Marian Waldman as the house-mother comes across with any life.
December 4, 2006
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
The film still manages a good slice of old-fashioned suspense.
May 26, 2006
This dark holiday classic ranks as one of the screen's very first slasher flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2006
Corrodes jolly yuletide cheer with some cruel prank calls, sexual tension and sorority girl slayings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
May 9, 2005
A whodunit that begs the question of why it was made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
March 31, 2005
The horror film that started it all....not to be missed
| Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2003
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 | Original Score: 3/5
December 1, 2003
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.
December 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
November 24, 2002
its progeny would improve quite a bit on the formula
| Original Score: 3/5
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