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Black Christmas (2006)

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On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, 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 (as Katie Cassidy)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Melissa
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Heather Fitzgerald
Lacey Chabert ... Dana
Kristen Cloke ... Leigh Colvin
Andrea Martin ... Barbara 'Ms. Mac' MacHenry
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Lauren Hannon (as Crystal Lowe)
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

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From the creators of "Final Destination" See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$3,723,364, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$16,273,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,510,851
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As the majority of the film takes place during a blackout inside a sorority home, the cinematographers and lighting department were forced to find inventive ways to achieve appropriate lighting on the actors, which included cutting holes in the walls. See more »

Goofs

Dana's eye noticeably twitches in the crawl space scene, even though her character is supposed to be dead. See more »

Quotes

Agnes: Everyone will be home for Christmas
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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

In the UK version Melissa's death is entirely different. Instead of breaking free from the garbage bag and eventually getting an ice skate through the back of her head, she gets bagged and her right eye is gouged out. She is then dragged by the empty socket down the hallway and killed (off-screen). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Cabin in the Woods (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Carol of the Bells
Written by Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (as Leontovich) and Peter Wilhousky (as Wilhousky)
Performed by The Roger Wagner Chorale
Courtesy of Delos International
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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So it's not the original...but there's plenty of fun to be had here!
5 January 2007 | by NateF88See all my reviews

I know I will get heat for having enjoyed Black Christmas 2006. Hell, I can't really even call this a "good" movie. It is severely flawed in many ways, and it's not even closely comparable to the original. Monster holes are present in the story line. The cinematography at times is choppy, dark, and grainy. And, most of all, there is ZERO suspense. How can a movie with such negativity possibly get a 7 out of 10?Well, technical goofs aside, there is a lot of fun to be had here!

It has a completely different atmosphere and tone than the original had, as well as a completely different approach at it's villain. For one, the violence and murders in the 2006 version are much gorier and more over the top! Okay, so the original's approach at implied violence worked much better, but I appreciated the filmmaker's aiming for something different! I had a lot of fun watching Billy maim and dismember all of the sorority girls and their boyfriends! The kills were absolutely crazy! A lot of blood splashing!

Unfortunately, the characters here, unlike in 1974, are purely 2-dimensional and unforgivably stupid. However, the performances were very well done, and there were some truly witty lines of dialogue! One thing this film reaped was dark humor! Much appreciated! I especially LOVED the performance done by Billy's mother! She was the best actress in the film and unfortunately had the least screen time.

Also different from the original is the fact that Billy is identified and his origin is revealed. Again, this completely takes away the suspense and mystery of the killer like the original's had. BUT, the flashback scenes were very well done! It really got to you and was disturbing to say the least. It also did a very good job of portraying a morbid family. Well done on that part!

Again, as I said before, there is NO suspense here! The violence and scares are pretty much laughable, but that's why this film is fun! It's so bad and flawed that it's a riot and a good time! My advice: Think of it as a completely different film. In no way does this hurt the original. The 1974 version still exists. The 2006 version will go nowhere, but it will always remain a fun little piece of cheese to watch whenever anyone wants to have a good time.


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