Black Christmas (1974)



Critic Consensus: The rare slasher with enough intelligence to wind up the tension between bloody outbursts, Black Christmas offers fiendishly enjoyable holiday viewing for genre fans.


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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.

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Critic Reviews for Black Christmas

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (3)

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

Dec 27, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
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A whodunit that begs the question of why it was made.

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Something of a period piece, though an influential one -- and still an effective festive horror, as a killer stalks the young women of a sorority while the men in their lives also try to control them. Margot Kidder is fantastic as the damaged Barb.

Dec 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

There's no doubting that Black Christmas had all the advantages of being first of its kind. The film stands as the mother of the modern slasher. It was able to make its own rules, and subsequently created a template for the films that came after.

Nov 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It is the uncertainty that is unveiled in the final moments before the credits roll that makes Black Christmas a quintessentially Canadian masterpiece.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Black Christmas


Even if uneven and with many unnecessary scenes that are there just to bloat the paper-thin plot, this is an effective horror movie (and one of the precursors of the slasher subgenre) that can be quite disturbing and tense when refusing to reveal the killer's identity.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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best christmas movie ever

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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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

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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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