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



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


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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Christmas  »

Box Office


$620,000 (estimated)

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1.75 : 1
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The role of Lieutenant Fuller was originally supposed to be played by Edmond O'Brien, but due to failing health from Alzheimer's he had to be replaced. John Saxon (who was originally considered for the role) was brought in at the last minute when a space in his schedule opened up. See more »


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 »


The Killer: [to Barb, while on the phone] I'll stick my tongue up your pretty pussy!
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Crazy Credits

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


References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »


Jingle Bells
by James Pierpont (uncredited)
Jingle Bells and Choral Effects performed by the Counterpoint Singers
Conducted by Paul Feheley
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Heavily Underrated and Overlooked Classic Slasher
24 September 2001 | by (Lincolnshire, England) – See all my reviews

To those of you Halloween fans, THIS is the film that came first, John Carpenter's Halloween is doused with aspects lifted directly from Bob Clark's Black Christmas. Alongside Psycho it remains one of my personal classics. Very unnearving and in parts horrific - the phone calls for instance. Basically its Christmas time, as the title suggests and an unknown killer has found his way into the attic of a sorority girls house and begins killing them one by one. Kidder's performance of the drunken, outspoken Barb is fantastic, followed closely by Olivia Hussey, who is truly beautiful in this movie. The camera work and direction is first rate, the first person perspective, heavy breathing - which most will know from Halloween, Mr Clark did it here first, and in my opinion, did it better than JC. It's not full of gore its full of suspense and wonderful creepy atmosphere, as I mentioned before, the phone calls really will put you on edge, as will the 'eye' scene. Get ready for a shocking ending and watch it again for all the bits that you didn't catch, believe me there will be some. Alongside Jacob's Ladder, Don't Look Now and The Fog this really is one of the most frightening films I have ever had the pleasure to acquire.

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