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Black Christmas (2006)

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Critic Consensus: A gratuitous remake of the 1974 slasher, Black Christmas pumps out the gore and blood with zero creativity, humor, or visual flair.

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Billy, a young boy, was abused by his mother as a child. His mother cheated on Billy's father, and eventually killed the man, while keeping Billy in the attic--for good, while she was with her lover and starting a "new" family. As Billy's mother fell pregnant with a daughter and treated her with the love he had never experienced, Billy came out of the attic after years and brutally murdered his mother and her lover. Cut to present day, a group of six sorority sisters consisting of Kelli, Dana, Lauren, Megan, Heather, Melissa and their house mother, who now live in Billy's childhood home, find themselves being harassed by threatening and intimidating mystery phone calls during Christmas Break. As one of the girls goes missing, they begin being murdered one by one by no other than Billy.

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Cast

Katie Cassidy
as Kelli Presley
Kristen Cloke
as Leigh Crosby Colvin
Crystal Lowe
as Lauren Hanon
Lacey Chabert
as Dana Mathis
Andrea Martin
as Ms. MacHenry
Jessica Harmon
as Megan Helms
Leela Savasta
as Clair Crosby
Kathleen Kole
as Eve Agnew
Karin Konoval
as Billy's Mother
Robert Mann
as Billy Lenz (20 & 25 years old)
Cainan Wiebe
as Billy Lenz (5 & 12 years old)
Christina Crivici
as Agnes Lenz (8 years old)
Dean Friss
as Agnes (16 & 22 Years)
Howard Siegel
as Billy's Stepfather
Peter Wilds
as Billy's Father
Peter New
as Sanitarium Orderly
Ronald Selmour
as Security Guard
Alycia Purrott
as Candy Striper
Juan Riedinger
as Morgue Attendant
Aaron Pearl
as Bludworth
Jill Teed
as News Reporter
Peggy Jo Jacobs
as Weathergirl
Jerry Wasserman
as Medical Examiner
Derek McIver
as Orderly
Evan Adams
as Doctor
Jody Racicot
as Attendant
Anne Marie Deluise
as Kelli's Mother
Greg Kean
as Kelli's Father
Kent Kubena
as Reindeer
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Critic Reviews for Black Christmas

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (18)

It's old-school stupid.

Full Review… | January 3, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Black Christmas lacks the timing and visual wit to make its splattery EC Comics gags either genuinely scary or funny.

January 3, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

As yuletide counterprogramming goes, here's one smelly lump of coal.

January 2, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A modern horror movie featuring a non-ironic shower scene is far less knowing than it pretends to be.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Creativity is a stranger to this sick excuse for entertainment, which pounds a ridiculous back story into a butchered rehash that includes incest, cannibalism, eyeball gouging and impossibly dumb plot contrivances.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It also exchanges the police subplot that gave the earlier film its steady pace for a lot of pointless backstory about the mother-fixated stalker.

Full Review… | December 29, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Black Christmas

½

Unnecessary remake of the classic groundbreaking horror film of the same name, Black Christmas is a dull film that has everything you'd expect from a bad remake, bad acting, bad directing, predictable story and a poor cast. The original was a classic film that did not need to be remade. This film is not very entertaining, and relies on old ideas to create its horror. The end result is a film that simply doesn't work. As with nearly all remakes, Black Christmas is dull and is a disappointing film. There's nothing of interest that would make this film worth watching. The film lacks any depth to really make this one really stand out. The film navigates through constant mediocrity and overall ends up being an awful waste of time. Usually studios constantly remake horror classics such as Prom Night, The Hitcher Friday the 13th to name a few. Only a small handful were decent at best. But the Black Christmas remake suffers from a pointless story with bad acting that really tries too hard to entertain the viewer. Good horror films should be effortless in building the terror. However with this one, this is predictable and really bland with nothing new. As a slasher film, this remake doesn't do any that would make you expect the traditional good elements of what makes a slasher film so special. This remake is bland and predictable and is yet another remake that doesn't work because previously explored ideas that are just not intriguing. This should be avoided.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

Classless remake of the brilliant original featuring a bunch of stuck-up, foul-mouthed sorority sisters who you really don't mind seeing get brutally eye-gouged by the maniacal Billy Lenz and his sister/daughter Agnes. It's fast-paced and fairly unpredictable as far as who lives and dies, but it lags a long way behind the original and other modern slashers too. Works well as an alternate Christmas movie for the miserable bastards that don't enjoy the fun and cheer of the holiday season. ;-)

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer

½

One of the most wasted time movie experiences ever! The end was the worst way to end a movie I have ever seen! I recommend it to people who like laughing g at horror movies!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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