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Director:
Writer:
Roy Moore (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1974 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Black Christmas will ROCK you too! See more »
Plot:
A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(229 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Olivia Hussey ... Jess

Keir Dullea ... Peter

Margot Kidder ... Barb

John Saxon ... Lt. Fuller
Marian Waldman ... Mrs. Mac

Andrea Martin ... Phyl
James Edmond ... Mr. Harrison

Doug McGrath ... Sargeant Nash (as Douglas McGrath)

Art Hindle ... Chris

Lynne Griffin ... Clare
Michael Rapport ... Patrick
Leslie Carlson ... Graham (as Les Carlson)
Martha Gibson ... Mrs. Quaife
John Rutter ... Laughing Detective
Robert Warner ... Doctor
Syd Brown ... Farmer
Jack Van Evera ... Search Party
Les Rubie ... Search Party
Marcia Diamond ... Woman
Pam Barney ... Jean
Robert Hawkins ... Wes
David Clement ... Cogan (as Dave Clement)
Julian Reed ... Jennings
Dave Mann ... Cop
John Stoneham Sr. ... Cop (as John Stoneham)
Danny Gain ... Cop
Tom Foreman ... Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John 'Frenchie' Berger ... Man on snowmobile (uncredited)

Bob Clark ... Prowler Shadow / Phone Voice (uncredited)

Nick Mancuso ... The Prowler / Phone Voice (uncredited)
Debi Weldon ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)
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Directed by
Bob Clark 
 
Writing credits
Roy Moore (screenplay)

Produced by
Gerry Arbeid .... co-producer
Bob Clark .... producer
Findlay Quinn .... executive producer
Richard Schouten .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Zittrer 
 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Morris (director of photography) (as Reg Morris)
 
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Karen Bromley 
 
Makeup Department
David R. Beecroft .... hairdresser (as David Beecroft)
Bill Morgan .... makeup artist
Katherine Southern .... assistant makeup artist (as Kathy Southern)
 
Production Management
Gary Goch .... assistant production
David M. Robertson .... production supervisor (as Dave Robertson)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Brough .... third assistant director
John M. Eckert .... second assistant director (as John Eckert)
Tony Thatcher .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Keath Barrie .... property buyer
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... property master (as John {Frenchie} Berger)
 
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound mixer (as Dave Appleby)
Patrick Drummond .... assistant sound editor
Rod Haykin .... soundman
Kenneth Heeley-Ray .... sound editor (as Ken Heeley-Ray)
Herb Heritage .... boom
Bill O'Neill .... sound mixer
Charles Owens .... assistant sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Warren Keillor .... special effects props (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert J. Dunk .... camera operator (as Bert Dunk)
Peter Luxford .... first assistant camera
Carmen McDermaid .... key grip
Bob Milligan .... gaffer
David Petty .... second assistant camera
Bev Rockett .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Debi Weldon .... wardrobe
 
Editorial Department
Rick Clarke .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Melody Greene .... production assistant (as Melady Greene)
Barry Leyland .... production comptroller
Sandra Marley .... script supervisor (as Sandra Ulosevich)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Silent Night, Evil Night" - USA
"Stranger in the House" - USA (TV title)
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Runtime:
98 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) | Australia:R | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:A (Ontario) | Canada:18A (Ontario) (Re-rated 2012) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:18+ (TV rating) | Canada:14A (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (DVD) (self applied) (2004) (2007) | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | UK:18 (video rating) (2003) | USA:R | USA:TV-MA | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The audio for the demented phones calls was edited into the film during post-production. While shooting the footage for the phone call scenes the actresses were actually just reacting to threatening dialog being spoken from director Bob Clark from off-camera.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The outside of the sorority house says pi kappa sigma. A picture hung inside the house says pi beta phi.See more »
Quotes:
The Killer:[to Barb, while on the phone]
[sombre]
The Killer:I'm going to kill you.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Filthy (2003)See more »
Soundtrack:
O Come All Ye FaithfulSee more »

FAQ

What is the body count?
I just watched the movie and I'm confused about the ending. Who was the murderer??
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57 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
Amazing, 26 September 2005
Author: TonyDood from United States

It's not often that you find a film in the thriller/horror genre that has something "new" to say, so it's even more exciting to find that one of the original films in the "slasher" genre is actually still one of the freshest, most unique and utterly entertaining of them all. This is the kind of movie you can't wait to tell your friends about, knowing full well they've probably never seen it, but they've heard of it.

Everything about this film is stellar. The acting, to steal the words of a great reviewer who loves this movie, is flawless. The direction is confident and assured. What is Bob Clark's story? How did he go from making quirky, ground-breaking horror to...well..."Baby Geniuses 2?" His black-humored wit is on display in all his movies, and here too. Margot Kidder and Marian Waldman shine as foul-mouthed alcohol abusers. Particularly Kidder--it's hard to believe she did this at the BEGINNING of her career, she's that assured...and fun to watch. Olivia Hussey is alluring as the lead, Jessica, and her beauty, as well as her speaking voice are a welcome presence.

The plot might seem clichéd now, until you understand that it was all the movies that came AFTER that were the clichés--even "He Knows Your Alone," which seemed so vital at the time, can't compare. "Black Christmas" is a FILM, and goes beyond the conventions of a cheap slasher. The key is the ending--only a director with an artistic sensibility would have fought for it (no spoilers here). Suffice to say, in all the slashers I've watched I've never seen the equal. It's a tricky business to sum up a mystery in a plot, and few can maintain the element of surprise, intelligence or creativity required. You will NOT see the ending coming here, and though the end is a surprise, it works well.

If you're like I was and hesitating to watch this because you think it'll just be "another fear film," don't waste anymore time! You will NOT be sorry you spent your Christmas "black..."

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