John's Review of Black Christmas
The granddaddy of all slasher films, Black Christmas is actually a very smart and well written indie flick that was years ahead of it's time. It's Christmas time at the sorority house and someone has been making obscene and genuinely terrifying prank phone calls to the girls. As they make repeated frantic calls to the police, it becomes apparent that they are on their own in dealing with this menace. Watching this move AFTER all of the films that it inspired makes it seem derivative and formulaic. In actually, this thing was a pioneer. Not only that, but it's an entertaining and engaging film in its own right. It is suspenseful without being gratuitous or blatant. There are also some superbly written characters and dialogue which make this a suspenseful flick that really does live up to the hype. From a writing standpoint, it is a superior film to all of the holiday slashers, and that includes Halloween.