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Black Christmas (1974)

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


Bob Clark


Roy Moore (screenplay)
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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 ... 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 John Rutter ... Laughing Detective
Robert Warner Robert Warner ... Doctor


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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The sort of Christmas you don't dream of. See more »


R | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The line "Alligators come through the gate but goodbye leg if you get away late" sung by Mrs. Mac while she's preparing her luggage is from Billy Jones and Ernest Hare's 1925 song, "As a Porcupine Pines for Its Pork." See more »


The slide for the chain on the back door of the sorority house is mounted vertically, not horizontally as it should be, making it possible to just reach inside and slide it up to open it. See more »


Billy: Let me lick your pretty piggy cunt!
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove all instances of the word 'cunt' from the obscene phone calls, together with some of the other crude sexual references during the same scene. The 2003 Tartan DVD release restores all previous cuts. See more »


Referenced in Diminishing Returns: Black Christmas (2016) See more »


It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Written by George Wyle and Eddie Pola
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I am probably not the BEST person to review this movie, as I have only seen it twice, but with this particular film, that's enough. It's creepy as hell. I am a major horror fan and because of that that statement is NOT an easy one for me to say. The phone calls from the killer to the girls freak the livin' shhh out of me! The voice sounds almost warped and garbled, uhh I am having chills now thinking about it! It's crazy that it was directed by the same man who did the perennial Christmas family fave "A Christmas Story" and "Porky's". All of the actors did a great job, especially Margot Kidder as the drunken sorority girl. She was my favorite, I think. Also in this is Andrea Martin, most recently famous for "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" as one of the girls. I watched it right around Christmas time and it freaked me out like y'all wouldn't even believe. Of all the Holiday-themed horror movies ("Silent Night, Deadly Night", "My Bloody Valentine", etc.) I think this is right up there with "Halloween". Major props to all involved, just DON'T watch this one at night OR alone, you think you will be able get to sleep? YOU WON'T!!!!

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Release Date:

20 December 1974 (USA) See more »

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Silent Night, Evil Night See more »


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$620,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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