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An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

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In the 70's, the boy Billy is born with yellow skin due to a liver disease and his dysfunctional mother rejects him. Later he witnesses his mother and her lover killing his beloved father and burying him in the basement of their house, and he is locked in the attic alone along his childhood. When he is a teenager, he is sexually abused by his mother and she has a baby girl called Agnes. During Christmas, the deranged Billy escapes from his imprisonment, kills his mother and stepfather and blinds one eye of Agnes. He is declared insane and his sister is sent to an orphanage. In the present days, Billy escapes from the Clark Sanatorium to spend Christmas with his family. Meanwhile, his former house is the Delta Alpha Kappa sorority house in the campus of the Clement University, and the housemother and the sisters Kelli Presley, Dana, Lauren Hannon, Megan, Heather, Megan Helms, Melissa and Eve Agnew are preparing the house for Christmas party in a stormy night while Clair Crosby is in ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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On the 25th day, of the 12th month, one man will creep around your house... and leave... no one alive. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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25 December 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,307,602 (USA) (22 December 2006)

Gross:

$16,235,293 (USA) (9 February 2007)
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Trivia

Amanda Seyfried auditioned for the lead role of Kelli, but lost to Katie Cassidy. See more »

Goofs

Michelle Trachtenberg's character has her name spelled in the credits (M-e-l-i-s-s-a) differently from the way it appears on screen as part of a Caller ID (M-e-l-l-i-s-a). See more »

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Melissa Kitt: That sucks, everyone should be home for Christmas.
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Crazy Credits

The final credits include the message "Goodbye, Shirley," in tribute to composer Shirley Walker, a frequent collaborator with director Glen Morgan. Walker passed away in November 2006, before "Black Christmas"' release. See more »

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Final Waltz
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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4 January 2007 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

2006 was arguably one of the best years for horror films in recent memory. Things started off with a bang in January with Eli Roth's Hostel and then came to a perfect close with the great fun of Black Christmas, a remake of the 1974 original. While many think that John Carpenter's 1978 flick Halloween was the movie that kick-started the slasher genre, Black Christmas was made four years earlier and used nearly the same premise. In fact, John Carpenter got the idea for the Michael Myers movie after checking out Bob Clark's film. This remake completely re-imagines the original in a fresh and unique way, in almost the same fashion that The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake did. This remake is directed by horror veteran Glen Morgan (of the Final Destination trilogy), and features several up-and-coming actresses; Michelle Trachtenberg, returning to the horror genre after her three-year run on Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Lacey Chabert of 2003's Mean Girls; Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Crystal Lowe, both from this year's amazing Final Destination 3; and Katie Cassidy of this year's horrible When a Stranger Calls remake. Andrea Martin, who played Phyllis in the original film, also stars here as the sorority house mother.

Black Christmas tells the tale of a group of sorority sisters holed up in a house together on Christmas. The sorority house was originally inhabited by the psychotic Billy, who slaughtered his mother and her lover in Christmas of 1991 and made their flesh into cookies. Billy escapes from the mental hospital and heads for his home, seeking new blood. Before long, the girls begin to get menacing phone calls from a mysterious caller. One-by-one, over the course of the night, the girls are killed off in a most grotesque fashion by a dark figure. Everything comes full-circle in a frightening conclusion.

The new Black Christmas keeps the basic premise of the original, but modernizes it, adds a couple twists, a backstory, and an all-new ending. This remake contributes absolutely nothing new to the slasher genre, which may be what makes it so great. It fits perfectly with the mold of a great horror film: interesting premise, good characters, realistic gore and deaths, scary killers, a hint of black humor, a likable heroine, and a decent ending. It's all here. Each actress is perfectly cast in her role, and the few male characters, while most of them don't last long, aren't too bad, either. Glen Morgan mixes the thrilling realism he brought to the Final Destination films and mixes it with great cinematography, an eerie soundtrack, and interesting camera angles to make Black Christmas a very creepy and atmospheric film.

With all of its elements combined, Black Christmas makes for a thrilling, creepy, and very fun horror film. Black Christmas was very surprising in that it was a better movie than the original. That said, this remake is certainly not for everyone. While The Descent remains the best horror film of the year, Black Christmas is certainly among the best.


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