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Black Christmas (2006)

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

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£367,743 (UK) (15 December 2006)

Gross:

$16,235,293 (USA) (9 February 2007)
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Amanda Seyfried auditioned for the lead role of Kelli, but lost to Katie Cassidy. See more »

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You can not see anyone's breath when they go outside, even though it is supposed to be really cold. See more »

Quotes

Kelli Presely: They're not your family... and your brother's not here
Agnes: No... MY DADDY IS!
[Her brother *and* father bursts through the floorboards behind them]
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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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References The House on Sorority Row (1983) See more »

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Final Waltz
(from "The Nutcracker")
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Lacks the suspense and character development of the original, but still a good slasher flick on its own.
26 December 2006 | by (FrightMeter.Com) – See all my reviews

If you are a fan of the original like I am--I believe it to be the best horror film EVER made--you may want to stay clear of this remake unless you can have an open mind. I knew that it was never going to surpass the original, so I went into the theater eager and curious to see just what exactly Glen Morgan would do with the story of little Billy and Agnes. Well, what he did was pretty much say "see ya" to the concept of the original and gave us a no-holds barred gore and slash fest that rivals anything seen in theaters in a long time. He also had no reservations about revealing EVERYTHING about the killer and his life, which I know has PO'ed fans of the original. After all, the effectiveness of the original lyed heavily in the fact that viewers knew almost NOTHING about the killer, except what he revealed on the eerie phonecalls.

This film is quite short relative to the original and a lot of screen time is dedicated to the backstory of Billy and his agonizing childhood. While this is entertaining, what it does is take time away from the character development of the sorority sisters which the original spent a lot of time building. They really have no distinct personalities of their own (there is no Barb or Jesse type characters) but just seem like a blend of ALL characters from the original. I was even confused at points about which girl was what character?? The house mother, who was brilliantly characterized in the original (played in this version by Andrea Martin, an alumni of the original) isn't even developed very well at all. I was also disappointed at the "phone calls"-a staple of the original-which were almost left out of this version and the two or three that were thrown in were not nearly as creepy or disturbing as the original.

However, when you get done comparing this remake-and we may just admit that it pales in comparison to the original-to the original-what you do have here is one hell of a fun movie. It's fast paced and certainly ominous in spots with some pretty disturbing and over-the-top deaths. It's almost like this didn't even need to be a remake--with a few tweaks, the film could have stood on it's own. The whole Christmas element is definitely played up more here, which makes the deaths and the situations that unfold just that much more disturbing. The killer is pretty creepy looking and pretty ruthless and brutal. The climax in the attic is flawless and has to be one of the best horror sequences on recent memory. I mean, a Christmas tree decorated with human body parts topped with a decapitated head??? However, the ending in the hospital felt tacked on and I wish the filmmakers could have thought of a different way to end the film. It didn't do the rest of the film justice.

Overall, don't go to this thinking you are going to see the original because you're not. Also, don't go to this thinking you are going to see an Oscar contender because you are not. You are going to see a pure, 100% slasher film, full of clichés and all, so don't bitch when that is exactly what you get. My rating: 9 out of 10 judged on its OWN merit and not comparing it to the original. Have fun with this one!


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