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.
An unknown killer, clad in 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.
The students of Delta Lambda Zeta thought the legend of Billy was a joke. The sorority begins receiving deranged phone calls which frightens them and leads to multiple missing members of Delta Lambda Sorority.
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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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 »
The outside of the sorority house says pi kappa sigma. A picture hung inside the house says pi beta phi. See more »
[Jess has managed to keep the caller on the line for almost a full two minutes, allowing the phone company to trace the call]
Uh, Lt. Fuller?
Yeah, Nash, what is it?
The phone company's on the other line, sir. They say they got a trace on this one.
Yeah, let's have it!
He says the calls are coming from #6 Belmont Street.
For Christ's sakes, Nash, you got it wrong. That's where the calls are going into.
That's where they're coming from too, sir.
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A telephone is continously ringing throughout the final credits. See more »
This film was really great to watch when I saw it last Christmas. I was expecting more of a "Halloween" type film, except the fact that the always brilliant Margot Kidder was in it. So I was into it from the start. The film follows a sorority house on the days proceeding Christmas when a psycho stalker starts getting into the house and, quite frankly, under the girls skin. Then the murders begin. The
setting has been seen before, and so have the P.O.V. shots, but who cares?
This film was scary anyway.
Olivia Hussey is terrific and tense as the lead sorority sister, Jesse, who has the burden of dealing with all the other sisters' crisis problems. She looked really great too! And in the finale, she really played her role out for all it was worth.
Kier Dullea was descent. A little too humble for the role, and not as, well,
intimidating as he could have been. His scenes here are played out like a play. if not Broadway style, more conservative.
Margot Kidder, being as good as she is, was not surprisingly fabulous! Her
character was the rough tough stuff sister who drinks, swears, and is the only one of them who has the guts to show off some glitz.
The rest of the cast does just fine, particularly Andrea Martin as the soft spoken sister, John Saxon as the police chief who only wants to find the answer, and the actress who played Mrs. Mac was certainly worth the view too!
Writing wise this film was greatly and adroitly planned. The central theme of this film is that you can't trust anyone, friend or foe, and the scares are genuine, and come psychologically, instead of in your face like "Halloween" or "Friday the 13th." Bob Clark is in love with his actors as he photographs them in bright
exuberant colors, while his killer is photographed in jaundiced, grainy colors.
All in all, a very artistic film and very creepy to the bone. Great atmospheric music too!
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