BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006) Reviews and overview

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‘This holiday season, the slay ride begins.’

Black Christmas – also advertised as Black X-Mas – is a 2006 American slasher horror film written for the screen and directed by Glen Morgan and starring Katie Cassidy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Crystal Lowe, Lacey Chabert, Michelle Trachtenberg, Oliver Hudson, Kristen Cloke, and Andrea Martin.

The film takes place several days before Christmas and tells the story of a group of sorority sisters who are stalked and murdered by one of their house’s former inhabitants during a winter storm. It is a loose remake of the 1974 film of the same name.

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In December 2006, upon anticipation of its premiere, the film garnered some criticism from religious groups due to its graphic content in a holiday setting, as well as the distributor’s decision to release the film on Christmas Day in the United States.

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Black Christmas has the smarts to be playful, with a choice selection of festive slasher gags pushing the envelope of bad taste: a candy cane’s sucked into a stabbing weapon and angel-shaped cookie cutters do more than cut cookies. The result’s an undemanding multiplex filler – a ho-ho-horror movie that knows it’s the season to be jolly.” BBCi

“The first victim is in the attic, but not nearly as big a deal is made out of it than in the original. The prank phone calls are here, too, but have next to nothing to do with anything. One of the girls is a drunk, but she has no distinction as the Margot Kidder character in the first, and the house mother here has only this useless perky attitude that is both funny and so tedious.” Cinema de Merde

“There’s something off with the themes and how they are handled. The killer has a fascination with eyeballs—each victim has at least one popped out in every death sequence. It gets old and looks fake. Black Christmas has a truly dark, angry streak towards Christmas and its traditions which surfaces too readily during the film.” DVD Verdict

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Cast and characters:

Katie Cassidy … Kelli Presley

Michelle Trachtenberg … Melissa

Mary Elizabeth Winstead … Heather Fitzgerald

Lacey Chabert … Dana

Kristen Cloke … Leigh Colvin

Andrea Martin … Barbara ‘Ms. Mac’ MacHenry

Crystal Lowe … Lauren Hannon

Oliver Hudson … Kyle Autry

Karin Konoval … Billy’s Mother

Dean Friss … Agnes – 16 & 22 Years

Robert Mann … Billy Lenz – 20 & 35 Years

Jessica Harmon … Megan Helms

Leela Savasta … Clair Crosby

Kathleen Kole … Eve Agnew

Cainan Wiebe … Billy Lenz – 5 and 12 Years

Christina Crivici … Agnes – 8 Years

Howard Siegel … Lover / Stepfather

Peter Wilds … Frank Lenz

Ron Selmour … Security Guard

Michael Adamthwaite … Santa

Peter New … Sanitarium Orderly

Christian Sloan … Richard Steinmetz

Aly Purrott-Armstrong … Candy Striper (as Alycia Purrott)

Juan Riedinger … Morgue Attendant

Aaron Pearl … Bludworth

Peggy Logan … Nurse

Jill Teed Jill Teed … News Reporter

Peggy Jo Jacobs … Weathergirl

Jerry Wasserman … Medical Examiner

Derek McIver … Orderly

Evan Adams … Doctor

Jody Racicot … Attendant

Anne Marie DeLuise … Kelli’s Mother

Greg Kean … Kelli’s Father

Kent Kubena … Reindeer

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