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Black Christmas

Olivia Hussey , Keir Dullea , Bob Clark    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Christmas: A Truly Underestimated Movie Oct. 30 2005
By CM
Format:DVD
To anyone who is a fan of the horror genre from any decade, Black Christmas is a must see. Unlike other horror/suspence movies such as Seven or Jaws, both of which are engaging yet polished, Black Christmas has that rough around the edges dated appeal much like Cabin Feaver and 28 Days Later. What I enjoy most about the movie is the ambiguity of the villian, and the manner in which it's role is played out. And although Black Christmas may not be the first movie to slip between anyone's lips when this genre is either mentioned or thought of, it is on a level with John Carpender's Halloween and Ridley Scott's Alien, if not in cinematic profit, then certainly in it's respect for the genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Blade
Format:DVD
Bob Clark (III) who also directed the lighthearted family friendly, "A Christmas Story" takes us into the more darker, nightmarish setting of the familiar holiday season. This 1974 Canadian masterpiece in cinema history wasn't known as well around its time until today, where the more controversial slasher flicks exist. Setting the atmosphere with John Carpenter's "Halloween" franchise, "Black Christmas" stars Margot Kidder in one of her first roles, though in this she later finds herself as one of the killer's victims (in a very gruesome way indeed. Gore hounds rejoice!) But she is only one amoung the many other victims who fall prey to a psychotic monster living upstairs in a Sorority home attic that murders them in some of the most clever ways ever filmed in a horror movie. Meanwhile, the girls are getting scary phone calls, while the townsfolk discover the corpse of a young girl who was murdered in the park. Could this all have a connection with the beast? Or could it be something much more terrifying from out of the ordinary? All that is certain is that Christmas time is coming, and if something is not done, nobody will be left to celebrate.
This SPECIAL EDITION version of the DVD includes all theatrical trailers (Both English & French), and T.V./radio spots along with a behind the scenes BONUS feature to how the film came to be and the actors/actresses who helped bring the low-budget nightmare to life. The plot can be a little confusing and hard to follow at times, therefore giving the viewer the hint that this is one of those rare films that make you THINK, meaning that you may have to watch it more than once to understand!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell March 24 2004
By Glynn
Format:DVD
The first time I saw this movie was in the 80's. I had already been subjected to Freddy, Jason and Michael, and this scared me more than the three of them combined. Don't get me wrong, Nightmare, Friday and Halloween were, and still are, very scary movies. I went into it expecting the worst and came out of it wanting to go back to a time before I had witnessed it. It scared me soooo bad that I had to sleep with the lights on for weeks afterwards. Every time the phone rang I sank inside from fear.
Now I am older, wiser and more mature......... I am no longer a teen as I was when I watched this the first time. I have been subjected to things much worse and more horrifying over the past 20 years........... or so I thought......
I thought that the padding of time and the advancements of movies and cinema would cushion me.....
I was wrong.
I watched this movie again with some friends who had not seen it, yet alone even heard of it.
I watched in horror as every feeling came rushing back. I watched in amusement as my friends lost every ounce of cool. I watched in sheer delight as I witnessed, once again, one of the most terrifying movies ever made tear me and my friends to shreds of useless nothing. Even with all the camp that is now visible in the movie, it does not let loose of its horrifying grip.
The premise is that there is a killer loose. It appears that he has chosen the attic of the sorrority house to hold up in. He uses the phone to do some of his or her terrorizing. One by one the sorrority sisters and housemother are picked off. And one by one the list of suspects grows until the climax at the end when everything is solved... or is it?
I could go on about the plot, but others have already done so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What your mother and I must know... Sept. 5 2003
By Deckard
Format:DVD
Black Christmas is without a doubt the greatest horror film you've probably never seen. I hadn't heard anything about it myself until I noticed it cropping up on a lot of people's favourite horror film lists, so decided it was about time I saw what all the fuss was about. The film centres around a Sorority house in the Christmas holiday season, where the girls begin receiving a series of disturbing phone calls from an unknown source. It soon becomes apparent that a faceless killer is stalking them, a killer who has snuck in through an open window and is inhabiting their attic... Pre-dating all of the classic horror films of the late 70s and 80s, Black Christmas is a stark, stylish and creepy film that boasts some chilling moments and some great performances. The genius of the film lies in it's ability to evoke an intense atmosphere of forboding which leaves you constantly unsettled and totally immersed which it does without the need for special effects, gore, or cheap scares. The direction, framing, POV shots, and lighting all work toegther seemlessly to provide moments that really leave you cold (especially the eye through the crack of the door). The script deserves a mention too, because it really is superb. There are some great characters, some good threads of drama and even comedy, but these are brilliantly and appropriately contained within their scenes without detracting from the menacing atmosphere and overall theme of the film. The phone calls are one of the high points, containing shades of Reagan's multi-voice outbursts in the Exorcist but with overtones of despair and confusion which give an insight into the psychological state of the deranged killer. All in all, if you are a fan of horror, and looking for something more than the slick disposable dime a dozen slasher films of recent years, you simply have to own this little gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Awesome
I so love this movie, could not find it anywhere so I came to Amazon and here it was. I remember when I was a teenager this movie kept me up, slept with my light on LOL. Read more
Published 4 months ago by wrong review still did not arrive
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite films of all time!
This film never gets old for me, even if some view it as dated. Black Christmas is a spooky gem from 1974, which scared me as a kid and still creeps me out now. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Derek G St John
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
I watched this the first time when I was 10 years old and watch it everytime it's on. It still creeps me out today - 30 years later. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Laura Santia
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its best
Halloween is great, but Black Christmas is it's prettier sister tat no one ever acknowledges. The first phone call scene is better than anything we've seen in horror film in quite... Read more
Published 16 months ago by J Michaels
3.0 out of 5 stars not scary, but definitely disturbing
after watching black Christmas,i have to say it wasn't scary,so much as
disturbing.sort of along the line of the original when a stranger
calls,except in a sorority... Read more
Published on Aug. 31 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars No story line, gory, awful
Remaking a movie that 32 years old, is obviously a bad idea. The story line is not there, it was far from being freightning, the gore was stupid, and the acting was terrible. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2007 by Anon14
5.0 out of 5 stars Bored in minutes?
Reveiwer Riena claims she was :bored" by this movie. It's only ninty-eight minutes long. How can you be bored? Read more
Published on Dec 21 2006 by HT-PC guy and Cookin' Fool
1.0 out of 5 stars A joke of a movie!
This movie is ridiculous! It made absolutely no sense at all. First of all, the killer Billy is in the house killing girls and supposedly making phone calls from the house mother's... Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2006 by Tammy Hedrick
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
I would tell you why, but I am too disgusted! Although I can see how this set trends, its OUTDATED!
Published on June 1 2006 by Mr. Robert V. Devoe Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST HORROR FILM EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS CANADIAN GEM WAS FILMED BEFORE HALLOWEEN AND FRIDAY THE 13TH. THIS IS SO SCARY, YOU CANNOT WATCH THIS ALONE. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2005
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