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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.

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

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25 December 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black X-Mas  »

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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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Trivia

Most of the sorority sisters in the film were named after famous singers who made memorable Christmas songs: Kelli Presley - Elvis Presley, Melissa Kitt - Eartha Kitt, Dana Mathis - Johnny Mathis, Clair Crosby - Bing Crosby, Leigh Crosby Colvin - Shawn Colvin, Megan Helms - Bobby Helms, Heather Lee Fitzgerald gets two names: Brenda Lee and Ella Fitzgerald. Lauren Hannon and Eve Agnew appear to be the only sorority sisters who were not named after singers. Barbara MacHenry doesn't count because she is named after a character from the original film. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Mac escorts/pulls Kyle down the stairs, an Exit sign (such as you might see at the ends of corridors in large buildings) is visible at the end of the upstairs hall, just past the stair landing. There would be no reason to have a commercial Exit sign in a sorority house/personal residence. See more »

Quotes

Dana Mathis: Are you high? It's freezing out there!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in May All Your Christmases Be Black (2007) See more »

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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Courtesy of Extreme Production Music USA
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Another awful remake
29 January 2007 | by See 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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