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Roy Moore (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 December 1974 (USA) See more »
Black Christmas will ROCK you too! See more »
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 »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A genuinely creepy horror classic. See more (333 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Olivia Hussey ... Jess

Keir Dullea ... Peter

Margot Kidder ... Barb

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

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

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

Art Hindle ... Chris Hayden

Lynne Griffin ... Clare Harrison
Michael Rapport ... Patrick
Leslie Carlson ... Graham (as Les Carlson)
Martha Gibson ... Mrs. Quaife
John Rutter ... Laughing Detective
Robert Warner ... Doctor
Sydney 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)
David M. Robertson ... Uniformed Cop (uncredited)
Debi Weldon ... Sorority Girl (uncredited)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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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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98 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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 (certificate #24261) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Gilda Radner was offered the role of Phyllis Carlson. She was attached, but dropped out one month before filming began owing to "Saturday Night Live" (1975) commitments.See more »
Continuity: The outside of the sorority house says pi kappa sigma. A picture hung inside the house says pi beta phi.See more »
The Killer:[referring to her potential abortion] Just like having a wart removed.
Jessica Bradford:Oh my God!
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Movie Connections:
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the YearSee more »


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47 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
A genuinely creepy horror classic., 30 September 2003
Author: HumanoidOfFlesh from Chyby, Poland

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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