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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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John Saxon
as Lt. Fuller
Lynne Griffin
as Clare Harrison
James Edmond
as Mr. Harrison
Doug McGrath
as Sergeant Nash
Martha Gibson
as Mrs Quaife
John Rutter
as Laughing Detective
Syd Brown
as Farmer
Les Rubie
as Search Party Member
Jack Van Evera
as Search Party Member
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 (30) | Top Critics (3)

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

December 27, 2006 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

November 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.

October 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Black Christmas is a pioneering genre film. If you've seen a slasher film, almost any slasher film, you've likely seen the tropes that Black Christmas created.

October 3, 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

Super Reviewer

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

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