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

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Marian Waldman ...
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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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Twas the Night, Before Christmas, and All Through the House, a Creature was stirring. The Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with care, but it was Hard to Say that St. Nick would be there. A Christmas of another Colour, brings a Killer on the Loose. 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

It was composer Carl Zittrer who contacted star John Saxon, who he met on a previous film, about filling in for the role of Lt. Fuller at the last minute. See more »

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When Claire enters the closet to check Claud the cat the camera points to Claire and you can see moving in the background to her right a crew member and cord. See more »

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[upon seeing that Mrs. MacHenry is coming inside the house]
Barb Coard: Speaking of professional virgins - here we have the queen of vaudeville circa 1891.
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A telephone is continously ringing throughout the final credits. See more »

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References Play Misty for Me (1971) See more »

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O Little Town of Bethlehem
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Words by Phillips Brooks (c. 1865)
Music by Lewis H. Redner
Combined words and music first published 1906
Played on church bells
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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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