Black Christmas Reviews

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December 27, 2019
...Black Christmas is a holiday classic and a film that builds horror's foundation for more than its kills. It is with us 45 years later because of how it establishes tropes and how it presents a depiction of being a woman in a real and authentic way.
December 9, 2019
This is better than it sounds and much more effective than today's films. Great use of a premise that feels real. [Full review in Spanish].
December 5, 2018
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.
November 1, 2018
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.
October 31, 2018
It is the uncertainty that is unveiled in the final moments before the credits roll that makes Black Christmas a quintessentially Canadian masterpiece.
October 3, 2018
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.
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.
December 23, 2010
One of the better slasher films.
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.
April 13, 2007
Clark consegue crier uma atmosfera incmoda a partir de um fiapo de roteiro, sendo auxiliado tambm pela performance contida da bela Hussey.
December 30, 2006
...a sporadically effective slasher...
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.
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.
February 16, 2006
Corrodes jolly yuletide cheer with some cruel prank calls, sexual tension and sorority girl slayings.
March 31, 2005
The horror film that started it all....not to be missed
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.
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