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Black Christmas (2019)

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A group of female students are stalked by a stranger during their Christmas break. That is until the young sorority pledges discover that the killer is part of an underground college conspiracy.

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Cast overview:
Imogen Poots ... Riley
Aleyse Shannon ... Kris
Lily Donoghue ... Marty
Brittany O'Grady ... Jesse
Caleb Eberhardt ... Landon
Cary Elwes ... Professor Gelson
Simon Mead ... Nate
Madeleine Adams ... Helena
Nathalie Morris Nathalie Morris ... Fran
Ben Black ... Phil McIllaney
Zoë Robins ... Oona (as Zoe Robins)
Ryan McIntyre Ryan McIntyre ... Brian Huntley
Mark Neilson Mark Neilson ... Gil
Lucy Currey ... Lindsay
Jonny McBride ... Black Mask
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Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation's young women aren't willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to the finish.

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Rated PG-13 for violence, terror, thematic content involving sexual assault, language, sexual material and drinking | See all certifications »
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13 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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Black Christmas See more »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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2.39 : 1
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initially conceived as an R-rated remake, the film was re-edited to PG-13 after test screenings, See more »

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Remake of Black Christmas (1974) See more »

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Slasher or Soap Opera?
12 December 2019 | by bryce-zippiSee all my reviews

Given that the 1974 Bob Clark's "Black Christmas" is my favorite Christmas movie, I was hoping that this would live up to it. Watching the remake, I kept asking myself: is this even "Black Christmas?"

After watching the previews, it's pretty obvious who dies, who lives, and whose the killer. The real killer for this film is Director/writer Sophia Takal. She brutally slashes this classic into something that's not "Black Christmas." She uses the #MeToo movement in a horror film, which clearly doesn't work, or needs a different writer. As for Blumhouse, this is by far their worst film they produced. How can you go from 2018's "Halloween" reboot to this? Shame on Blumhouse.

The story is simple. Sorority girls being killed off one by one by an unknown killer. If you've seen the original, along with first 2006 remake, then you know killer is the killer. Wrong! I'm not going to say who the killer is. Just watch the previews. As for fans hoping to see Billy in the film, guess again. There's no Billy. How can you make "Black Christmas" without Billy? That's like making "Halloween" without Michael Myers.

As mentioned, the script is brutal, the acting is so-so. The scares are YAWN. There's nothing scary about this film at all. If they wanted to make this movie scary, they should have given it an R rating. Instead they wanted to attract younger audiences to see it. But also because as I read online, the writers felt that the girls in the film couldn't handle the gorey violence, as was depicted in the first 2006 remake. You say this film is all about feminism when you're against women fighting back in an R rated movie. Look back at Laurie Strode in "Halloween." She's destructible like Myers was. For this film, you're hoping all the sisters die because there's no character development, and wanting the movie to finally be over.

I'm giving this film 1/10. The only thing done right about this movie is that it's only an hour and 32 minutes. Short enough for it to not waste too much of our time.

All in all, stick with the original 1974 classic. If you want something with more violence and gore, the 2006 remake is for you. As for this movie, let's leave in 2019 to be forgotten and not remembered.

Thanks Sophia Takal for ruining a classic. Word from advice, leave this film out of your resume if you ever want to direct a horror film again.


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