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Black Christmas (Special Edition) (1974)

Cast: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, more...
Director: Bob Clark
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Studio: Eclectic DVD Dist.
Genre: Horror, Slashers
Running Time: 98 min.

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Synopsis
Although this Canadian production saw its widest U.S. cable TV distribution in the early '80s (primarily under the title Stranger in the House) to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Halloween and its offspring, this effective suspense-thriller actually predates John Carpenter's film by four years. The story involves a dangerous psychopath hiding out in the attic of a sorority house who torments a small group of pretty young sisters (including Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder) who are staying behind over Christmas break. His tactics range from making obscene phone calls from their house-mother's phone, to stalking the terrified boarders with sharp objects and murderous intent. Director Bob Clark, who mistook dreariness for tension in his previous horror effort Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things! (1972), here demonstrates a tight, aggressive style that generates some very original shocks -- particularly the surprise ending -- which clearly influenced dozens of similarly-themed slasher films to follow. ~ Cavett Binion, All Movie Guide

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Better Watch Out, Better Not Cry.... by Lovecraft May 29, 2003 - 10:22 AM PDT
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12 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Black Christmas is a quirky little gem of a movie. A 70's slasher flick before such a term existed, BC has enough spooky moments to warrant a rental.
Great moments to watch for: The little kid drinking beer, while the adults encourage him! (ah, the free-wheeling Seventies) The House-Mother, who reminded me of what Aunt Bee from Mayberry might have been like when the cameras stopped rolling. (think drunken foul mouthed Aunt Bee and your there)The chance to see the inner workings of the phone company back then. (we've come a LONG way baby!)
Nice camera work, fine acting, and a decent plot all equal good movie times. So whip up some egg-nog, slap some chestnuts on the fire, and have a have a holly jolly good time.
A well deserved 6.




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but probably a title or 2 for most
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Bloody Best
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Just goes to show you that horror movies weren't meant to be PG-13!
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