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Black Christmas (2006)

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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.

Director:

Glen Morgan

Writers:

Glen Morgan (screenplay), Roy Moore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Cassidy ... Kelli Presley
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Melissa
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Heather Fitzgerald
Lacey Chabert ... Dana
Kristen Cloke ... Leigh Colvin
Andrea Martin ... Barbara 'Ms. Mac' MacHenry
Crystal Lowe ... Lauren Hannon
Oliver Hudson ... Kyle Autry
Karin Konoval ... Billy's Mother
Dean Friss Dean Friss ... Agnes - 16 & 22 Years
Robert Mann ... Billy Lenz - 20 & 35 Years
Jessica Harmon ... Megan Helms
Leela Savasta ... Clair Crosby
Kathleen Kole Kathleen Kole ... Eve Agnew
Cainan Wiebe ... Billy Lenz - 5 & 12 Years
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Silent Night Evil NIght See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black X-Mas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,307,602, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$16,235,293, 11 February 2007
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dean Friss, who plays adult Agnes, would often play the cello during breaks to keep the crew entertained. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Dana Mathis: Can't we just get on with this thing?
Ms. Barbara MacHenry: We have to open Billy's present first!
Heather: I'm really not okay with this. Buying a present for a serial killer?
Ms. Barbara MacHenry: Billy lived here.
[all but Heather laugh]
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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 »

Alternate Versions

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Welshy Reviews: Scream 4: Part 1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz of the Flowers
(from The Nutcracker)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Tchaikovsky)
Courtesy of DeWolfe Music Ltd.
By Arrangement with RipTide Music, Inc.
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Another awful remake
29 January 2007 | by azgolfguySee all my reviews

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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