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Black Christmas Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
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
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 23, 2010
One of the better slasher films.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
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...
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
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
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 30, 2006
...a sporadically effective slasher...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
December 27, 2006
Only Marian Waldman as the house-mother comes across with any life.

TV Guide
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
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The film still manages a good slice of old-fashioned suspense.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
This dark holiday classic ranks as one of the screen's very first slasher flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
February 16, 2006
Corrodes jolly yuletide cheer with some cruel prank calls, sexual tension and sorority girl slayings.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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New York Times
May 9, 2005
A whodunit that begs the question of why it was made.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 31, 2005
The horror film that started it all....not to be missed
| Original Score: 3/5
Keith H. Brown
Eye for Film
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
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
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.
Heidi Martinuzzi
Film Threat
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
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
November 24, 2002
its progeny would improve quite a bit on the formula
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
October 2, 2002
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
From the director of "A Christmas Story," but don't let that fool you!
| Original Score: 4/5
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