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Black Christmas (1974)

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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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Peter
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Marian Waldman ...
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Phyl
James Edmond ...
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Sargeant Nash (as Douglas McGrath)
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Chris
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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Black Christmas  »

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Budget:

CAD 686,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The role of Peter was originally offered to Malcolm McDowell, but he turned it down. See more »

Goofs

About seven minutes into the film, when "the moaner" calls, you can very clearly see the boom mic at the top of the frame as everyone gathers around the phone to listen. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. MacHenry: [on her nightgown gift] Well, thank you, girls. It's lovely really...
[muttering]
Mrs. MacHenry: Got about as much use for this as I do a chastity belt.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Stendhal Syndrome (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr (1818)
Heard during opening credits
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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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