Black Christmas – USA, 2006 – overview and reviews

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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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Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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.” Brett Cullum, DVD Verdict

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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.” Jamie Russell, BBCi

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 & 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

One Comment on “Black Christmas – USA, 2006 – overview and reviews”

  1. why does nobody like this movie? except me of course, it’s an EC comicbook of a movie!! Forget the original when watching this and enjoy it for what it is, a fun slightly sleazy (that’s a good thing by the way) bodycount movie, yayyy!!!

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