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Black Christmas (1974)

R  |   |  Horror  |  20 December 1974 (USA)
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A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marian Waldman ...
James Edmond ...
Sargeant Nash (as Douglas McGrath)
Michael Rapport ...
Leslie Carlson ...
Graham (as Les Carlson)
Martha Gibson ...
Mrs. Quaife
John Rutter ...
Laughing Detective
Robert Warner ...


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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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Christmas  »

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CAD 686,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of Mrs. Mac was offered to Bette Davis See more »


When we see Claud the cat during the first malicious phone call he's rather short-coated, but later he's become conspicuously more shaggy. See more »


The Killer: Filthy Billy, I know what you did nasty Billy!
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Crazy Credits

A telephone is continously ringing throughout the final credits. See more »


Spoofed in Student Bodies (1981) See more »


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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A genuinely creepy horror classic.
30 September 2003 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Bob Clark's "Black Christmas" is a horror classic.It's obvious that it was clearly an influence on the slasher films of the late seventies and early eighties."Black Christmas" takes place in a sorority house.Most of the sorority sisters go home for the holidays,while Barb(Margot Kidder),Jess(Oivia Hussey)and Phyl(Andrea Martin)stay behind.At the outset of the film,we see a mysterious killer enter the house and hide in the attic.He then begins to kill the sisters one by one,with each murder being followed by a disturbing phone call.Bob Clark managed to create a startling atmosphere of total dread and fear.The finale is extremely creepy and memorable.The soundtrack,particularly the killer's voice on the phone is frighteningly effective.So if you want to be scared give this gem a look.Highly recommended.

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