Black Christmas Reviews
Halloween is rightfully credited with jumpstarting the slasher era, but many of the genre tropes and plot devices actually first appeared in Bob Clark's 1974 film. It's a simple premise; an unknown killer crawls into the attic of a sorority house and begins stalking and terrorizing the women with a series of terrifying phone calls. We've seen this done thousands of times now, but back then this was a fresh idea. It's also the way everything's executed that makes the film so effective. Black Christmas isn't concerned with gore or cheap jump scares, this is a movie that lays on the suspense and atmosphere so thick, at times it's almost unbearable. The innovative POV shots, cinematography, lighting, sound design, minimalist score...they all help create a constant sense of dread and claustrophobia that's simply masterful.
Black Christmas also benefits from a terrific cast and a smart script that treats its characters as real people, instead of the cardboard cliches the genre would become known for. Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Kier Dullea and John Saxon all make their characters three dimensional people we actually care about. There are also plenty of wonderful supporting character that help cut the tension with some unexpected humour. The film also deals with issues like mental health, alcoholism, abortion...not stuff commonly brought up in 1974. Of course, it's the unseen killer 'Billy' that makes the film truly terrifying. He's not an unstoppable monster in a mask, but an unpredictable psychopath who's haunting phone calls to the women are beyond unnerving.
Black Christmas is a classic horror film, a classic Canadian film, and just a classic film, in general. I've seen it countless times over the years, but I still vividly remember that first time watching it and barely being able to sleep that night. People only concerned with bodycounts and bloodshed should look elsewhere, but for those of us who love classic horror, suspense and atmosphere, Black Christmas is one of the very best the genre has to offer.
90% of this film is PERFECTION with suspence HUMOUR that WORKS!!! Canadian actors ecept for the awesome John Saxon!, and the guy from 2001 a space oddessey!!! it deserves alot better the 64%? MORE LIKE 95%, only reason i dont give this 100% is because the LAST 10 Minutes REALY DOSENT MAKE ALOT OF SENCE DIRECTING WISE!!!! watch the movie and you"ll get my meaning, but one of the most PERFECT slasher horror movies EVER MADE!!!
The film is as great as ever, with the balance between humor and the creepiness of the stranger lurking in the house working very well. Your cast of sorority girls are all easily identifiable in what have now become standard stereotypes, and it builds to some nice reveals in the final act.