Black Christmas – USA, 2019 – director Sophia Takal says her slasher is only “very, very loosely based” on the original and that it’s “fiercely feminist.”

Director of the 2019 Black Christmas Sophia Takal has been interviewed by Entertainment Weekly about her slasher horror movie. She had the following to say:

“You know, this movie, even though it’s very, very loosely based on Black Christmas, I’d say the plot is extremely different. It’s more inspired by the feeling that Black Christmas made me feel watching it, this idea of misogyny always being out there and never totally eradicable. So that was the jumping-off point for how I came up with this plot. I’d compare it more to how Luca Guadagnino remade Suspiria than to a straight-ahead remake.

She explains:

The original Black Christmas feels so contemporary and modern for the time. Since then I feel like there have been so many movies about sorority sisters where the women have been portrayed as dumb, bimbo-y idiots. What I love was this was a group of women who, even though there was some conflict and strife — you know, Margot Kidder was a real spitfire [laughs] — they were all very much three-dimensional, strong female characters. I wanted to make something that reflected our time right now, drawing more from what the original evoked for me rather than great plot points. For me, it was about what does it feel like to be a woman in 2019?”


“I feel like another part of why I kind of shifted the direction that this version took was because, in 2019, I didn’t just want to make a movie about a bunch of women getting slaughtered. It just gave me a pit in my stomach. This is not to say that a man might want to see that. I just think I felt very much a responsibility not to perpetuate this idea of disposable female characters, because of how it makes me feel when I watch that. I call this movie a fiercely feminist film…”

‘Slay, girls’

Black Christmas is a 2019 American slasher horror feature film directed by Sophia Takal (New Year, New You) from a screenplay co-written with April Wolfe. The Blumhouse Productions – Divide/ConquerUniversal Pictures production stars Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Caleb Eberhardt and Cary Elwes.

This is a remake of the 1974 Canadian film of the same name which was already been remade in 2006.


Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. However, the killer is about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to the finish…


With some slasher fans dismayed by the MPAA’s award of a PG-13 for the second remake of Black Christmas, the Blumhouse movie’s co-writer April Wolfe tweeted to explain how the film ended up with that rating:

“Here’s the deal: We wrote it with an R in mind. When they did the test screenings, was clear that this movie needed to be available to a younger female audience because the subject matter is timely. Also I want to indoctrinate girls into horror. Doesn’t make it any less vicious!”

“Vicious” and “timely” Interesting, let’s see how that’s reflected when Black Christmas is released on Friday the 13th of December 2019.


Black Christmas is scheduled to be released by Universal on Friday the 13th of December 2019.




  • Imogen PootsVivarium; Green Room; Fright Night (2011); 28 Weeks Later
  • Brittany O’Grady – The Messengers TV series
  • Aleyse Shannon – Charmed TV series
  • Lily Donoghue
  • Caleb Eberhardt
  • Cary Elwes

Image credits: Blumhouse Productions – Divide/ConquerUniversal Pictures


2019 films

Slasher films

Black Christmas – Canada, 1974 – reviews

Black Christmas – USA, 2006 – reviews

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