A decades old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day, turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
A masked killer, wearing World War II U.S. Army fatigues, stalks a small New Jersey town bent on reliving a 35-year-old double murder by focusing on a group of college kids holding an annual Spring Dance.
Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by the forest ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the ... See full summary »
It's time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don't express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally begin to get concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem? Written by
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Although this film's original title was Silent Night, Evil Night it shares no connection to the Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984) film, another Christmas horror movie, or any of it's sequels. See more »
Before the phone call from Barb's mother, her shirt goes from 3 buttons undone, then after the call, it has one button undone and then 3 buttons undone for the next scene. See more »
[to Barb, while on the phone]
I'm going to kill you.
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A telephone is continously ringing throughout the final credits. See more »
If this movie were to come out today, people would smirk. Seen that, done that. A horror movie in a sorority house? Gimme a break. The killer is revealed to be making phone calls from ... inside the house? Pfft. Bad things ... in the attic? Yawn. Cops don't have a clue? One girl's boyfriend is a weirdo with a violent streak? Could it be him? House mother is a tippler? Kitten with a clue? Killer POV? Who's that looking in windows? I could go on and on. Been there. And yet, if you care about horror movies, you really need to see this movie.
It was released in 1974. That's four years prior to the 1978 release of "Halloween," which clearly borrowed from it. All subsequent slasher movies have borrowed from it. You can see a boatload of horror movie conventions being born here. Hell, even modern J-horror with its obsession with peeking eyeballs has borrowed from it.
Bob Clark made a classic without really meaning to. It's a template for slasher movies to come. Cast highlighters: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea (before 2001) and Margo Kidder.
Make no mistake. This movie screams Seventies with hair, sideburns and ridiculous clothing (Dullea is in a turtleneck in every scene, which at that time broadcasted "sensitive artist").
And let's mention the ending. Incredibly daring for the time. In fact, I wonder if it could be pulled off today when audiences demand ... something else.
"Black Christmas" is an outstanding B-movie and a piece of horror movie history. Approach it that way and you will be rewarded.
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