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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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25 December 2006 (USA)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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£367,743 (UK) (15 December 2006)

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$16,235,293 (USA) (9 February 2007)
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Katie Cassidy's on-screen love interest is Oliver Hudson. In Arrow (2012) Katie Cassidy's character Black Canary is the former lover of Oliver Queen / Green Arrow. See more »

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Billy's family really only consists of 4-5 members (his daughter/sister Agnes, his mom, his dad and stepfather) yet for some reason his former home consists of 9 rooms for the 8 sorority girls and the house mother. See more »

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Heather Lee: I'm really not okay with any of this. I mean, buying a Christmas present for a serial killer?
Melissa Kitt: No. You see, serial killers murder repeatedly for sexual thrill. Billy Lenz was a spree killer - dude just fucking lost it.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in May All Your Christmases Be Black (2007) See more »

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Music by Franz Gruber
Arrangement by Henry Stuck
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Just Take It For What It Is
12 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

So there's so many mixed feelings about this movie and I really feel that you're either going to hate it or like it but find a few flaws that you didn't like. Everyone I have talked to has wanted to change something about the film that could have done better. Just that simple. I think there are two categories with this film. A die hard original Black Christmas Fan who hates how this movie turned out or a die hard original Black Christmas Fan who appreciates the remake for what it truly is. It truly is a great film. The remake follows somewhat of the same story the original did. It added a few things here and there, but just like any remake would do. Billy Lenz, a neglected child by his abusive mother is finally sent over the edge one day. He has been locked in the attic for a number of years and has witnessed great events that have changed his life. You could call him crazy if you wanted. Lets just say he doesn't play nice with his sister and mother. He is sent to a mental institution where he tries to get out every Christmas to get back home. 15 years later he finally escapes and he's not coming home to an empty house. He's got a group of college friends waiting there for him. They are snowed in for the holidays and they don't know what horror is in store for them as the night unfolds! I thought the film was fantastic. It has a great opening to the movie and really has that 80's horror vibe going on which I love about the movie. The acting was great. The girls in my opinion were all main characters because they all played a huge role in the film. In my personal opinion I thought Crystal Lowe stood out the most with this being her first lead character she's ever played. She did amazing things with this character and I really don't think nobody else could have done. The other actress in the film was Lacey Chabert who like Crystal Lowe just stood out from the crowd. To me, those two actresses really lit up the screen and made the movie. Even though I liked this movie very much, it did have it's flaws. I know that Glen Morgan pictured something entirely different than this for his film, but of course to Dimension they screwed that up making some parts of the film seem choppy and very short. The film itself is only 84 minutes including credits which I think could have been expanded to at least 95 minutes or so. One part of the movie that could have been expanded greatly was one of the beginning scenes in the living room with all the girls. I definitely felt that there could have been more time to get to know the characters a bit more. One other thing I did not like about this film was the ending. I didn't get it at all and I felt it could have been stronger. It felt very comic and I know that was not the intention which isn't a good sign. Other than that, I thought the film was superb. Overall, I loved the film. I thought it was a great ride and it was a solid remake. Yes, it had some flaws, but why penalize it for that. Every movie has it's flaws and that's just how it is. Coming from me, I think that a remake will never live up to the original. No remake made up until today has and that's the truth. So, appreciate this film for what it is and watch it. Don't compare it to the original because the two films are so different and are equally as good, but in different ways.

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