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Black Christmas (1974)

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

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Marian Waldman ...
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James Edmond ...
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Sargeant Nash (as Douglas McGrath)
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Michael Rapport ...
Patrick
Leslie Carlson ...
Graham (as Les Carlson)
Martha Gibson ...
Mrs. Quaife
John Rutter ...
Laughing Detective
Robert Warner ...
Doctor
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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 Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Have Yourself a Scary Little, Black Christmas. It's Not at All Like the Ones You Used to Know. See more »


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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Black Christmas  »

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$620,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Star Margot Kidder admitted in an interview that she never thought that the film would become a hit and was surprised to learn that it had gained such a large cult following over the years. See more »

Goofs

When Claire Harrison enters her room there's no Christmas decoration on the door. Afterwards a bow shows up on the same door. See more »

Quotes

The Killer: [to Barb, while on the phone]
[sombre]
The Killer: I'm going to kill you.
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A telephone is continously ringing throughout the final credits. See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
German Lyrics by Joseph Mohr (1818)
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Simple but Very Dark and Suspenseful Horror Movie
19 November 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Bedford, most of the girls of the sorority house Pi Kappa Sigma that is administrated by Mrs. Mac (Marian Waldman) travel in the Christmas holiday to the houses of their families. Clare Harrison (Lynne Griffin) schedules to meet her father on the afternoon; however, an intruder kills her in her room, hides her body in the attic and Mr. Harrison (James Edmond) never sees his daughter. Meanwhile Jess (Olivia Hussey) receives obscene anonymous phone calls while Phyl (Andrea Martin) and Barb (Margot Kidder) go to the precinct with Mr. Harrison to report that Clare is missing. Lieutenant Kenneth Fuller (John Saxon) is interviewing a mother that reported that her thirteen year-old daughter has never got home and the police organize a search party. When they find the body of the girl in a park, Lt. Fuller asks to bug the telephone of the sisters. Meanwhile the prowler has killed Mrs. Mac and is stalking the three sisters.

"Black Christmas" is a simple but very dark and suspenseful horror movie. The deranged serial-killer is never seen and the slightly ambiguous conclusion clearly indicated that Peter had nothing to do with the murders or calls, and the incompetent police officers do not find the bodies of Clare and Mrs. Mac. In 1979, the idea of a psychopathic killer calling from the inside of the house was brilliantly used in the creepy "When a Stranger Calls". The future Superman's girlfriend Margot Kidder is very beautiful but her character is completely fool. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Noite do Terror" ("Night of the Terror")


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