The students of Delta Lambda Zeta thought the legend of Billy was a joke. The sorority begins receiving deranged phone calls which frightens them and leads to multiple missing members of Delta Lambda Sorority.
Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.
A decades-old folk tale surrounding a deranged murderer killing those who celebrate Valentine's Day turns out to be true to legend when a group defies the killer's order and people start turning up dead.
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
Dean Friss, who plays adult Agnes, would often play the cello during breaks to keep the crew entertained. See more »
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 »
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 »
The unrated DVD adds the following scenes:
1. There is an extra shot of Agnes under Clair's bed in the opening scene.
2. When the security guard is killed in the nut house, there's an extra shot of Billy climbing up from under his bed, and another shot of blood dripping from the guard's neck.
3. In Megan's death scene, there is an extra shot that shows the weapon Agnes stabs Megan with.
4. The phone call scenes are more brutal.
5. There's a completely new scene that shows Lauren's death.
In the scene, Billy and Agnes sneak into Lauren's room while Lauren's asleep.
Billy starts touching her under the covers and Lauren wakes up and she sees the glass unicorn on her nigh stand.
She tries to stab Billy with it, but nobody's there.
But then Agnes grabs Lauren by her throat and she stabs her with the unicorn in her eye. (off screen)
6. When Kyle is killed, there is a little more blood gushing out of his head.
7. At the ending, there is an extra shot of Leigh standing next to a closed door in the hospital hallway and we see Billy walking past it in the shadows, foreshadowing something bad is going to happen.
Well, call me old school, but to say that this movie was as good or better than the original is confounding and appalling. Scanning some of the comments, I find it interesting that some folks downgrade the original 1974 version because it leaves loose ends, and the new one explains things. I will say that the remake does provide a back story on the killer lacking in the original, but that doesn't make it any better. Quite the contrary. Another slash and gore bore.
The subtle atmospheric dread and suspense BC 1974 in the old version, while not great, is vastly superior. It is hard to improve on one of the best of the genre, and the original Black Christmas certainly belongs near the top. It did influence Halloween, When A Stranger Calls, Friday the 13th I and other classics of a few years later and is as good or better than all of them.
The 2006 version belongs near the back of the rental area at your local DVD store. Watch it on cable some night, but for those who have seen neither, ignore the new version and find a copy of the old one to buy or rent. You'll be better served for your DVD dollar.
A final editorial comment: I have yet to see a 200X horror film remake that came close to the original in spite of all the FX technology.....e.g. The Haunting. No, the Thirteen Ghosts remake was better, but only because the old Castle version was so cheap and campy. One man's opinion is that the Black Christmas remake would have been better not made. Final Destination I (at least) was quite unusual and quality in this genre.
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