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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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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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The sort of Christmas you don't dream of. See more »


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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Black Christmas  »

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$620,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,053,000
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1.85 : 1
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Upon initial release in the US the films title was changed to "Silent Night, Evil Night" because the American distributor feared the title "Black Christmas" might cause the film to be mistaken for a 'blaxploitation' flick. However the film didn't do well under the new title and it was changed back to the original "Black Christmas" title, under which it was a success. See more »

Goofs

One of the times Jess answers the phone, it continues to ring for more than a second after she picks it up. See more »

Quotes

Billy: Let me lick your pretty piggy cunt!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come All Ye Faithful
Music by John Reading (uncredited)
Words by John Wade (uncredited)
St. Simon's Choir
Edgar Hanson - Choirmaster
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A genuinely creepy horror classic.
30 September 2003 | by 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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