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Black Christmas (1974)

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director:

Bob Clark

Writer:

Roy Moore (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Hussey ... Jess
Keir Dullea ... Peter
Margot Kidder ... Barb
John Saxon ... Lt. Ken Fuller
Marian Waldman ... Mrs. Mac
Andrea Martin ... Phyl
James Edmond 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 Martha Gibson ... Mrs. Quaife
John Rutter John Rutter ... Laughing Detective
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Doctor
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Storyline

It's time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don't express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally begin to get concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

Christmas is coming early this year. And it's murder. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Christmas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$620,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,053,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Quinn Labs)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Mrs. Mac was offered to Bette Davis who turned it down. She would later work with Olivia Hussey on Death on the Nile (1978), though reportedly they did not get along while filming. See more »

Goofs

One of the times Jess answers the phone, it continues to ring for more than a second after she picks it up. See more »

Quotes

Sergeant Nash: [Jess has managed to keep the caller on the line for almost a full two minutes, allowing the phone company to trace the call] Uh, Lt. Fuller?
Lt. Fuller: Yeah, Nash, what is it?
Sergeant Nash: The phone company's on the other line, sir. They say they got a trace on this one.
Lt. Fuller: Yeah, let's have it!
Sergeant Nash: He says the calls are coming from #6 Belmont Street.
Lt. Fuller: For Christ's sakes, Nash, you got it wrong. That's where the calls are going into.
Sergeant Nash: That's where they're coming from too, sir.
Lt. Fuller: [pause] Oh, shit...
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Crazy Credits

A telephone is continously ringing throughout the final credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was released 3 different times (ntsc format)on DVD and each disc features a different aspect ratio. The first DVD edition from Critical mass (25th anniversary) used the proper full frame format (the film was shot this way). The second DVD release from Critical Mass (listed as being just a special edition) uses a 1:75:1 aspect ratio, it was also noted that director Bob Clark approved of this ratio. The latest DVD special edition from Critical Mass (December, 2006) uses an over-matted 1:85:1 ratio. This 1:85:1 over matted ratio also appeared on the special edition laserdisc that was released by Warner Bros. a few years back. See more »

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Soundtracks

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
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Written by George Wyle and Eddie Pola
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Simple but Very Dark and Suspenseful Horror Movie
19 November 2009 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Bedford, most of the girls of the sorority house Pi Kappa Sigma that is administrated by Mrs. Mac (Marian Waldman) travel in the Christmas holiday to the houses of their families. Clare Harrison (Lynne Griffin) schedules to meet her father on the afternoon; however, an intruder kills her in her room, hides her body in the attic and Mr. Harrison (James Edmond) never sees his daughter. Meanwhile Jess (Olivia Hussey) receives obscene anonymous phone calls while Phyl (Andrea Martin) and Barb (Margot Kidder) go to the precinct with Mr. Harrison to report that Clare is missing. Lieutenant Kenneth Fuller (John Saxon) is interviewing a mother that reported that her thirteen year-old daughter has never got home and the police organize a search party. When they find the body of the girl in a park, Lt. Fuller asks to bug the telephone of the sisters. Meanwhile the prowler has killed Mrs. Mac and is stalking the three sisters.

"Black Christmas" is a simple but very dark and suspenseful horror movie. The deranged serial-killer is never seen and the slightly ambiguous conclusion clearly indicated that Peter had nothing to do with the murders or calls, and the incompetent police officers do not find the bodies of Clare and Mrs. Mac. In 1979, the idea of a psychopathic killer calling from the inside of the house was brilliantly used in the creepy "When a Stranger Calls". The future Superman's girlfriend Margot Kidder is very beautiful but her character is completely fool. My vote is seven.

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