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Universal Studios/Blumhouse received a backlash after the first trailer was released for the film due to the extreme amount of spoilers within it.
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The first "Black Christmas" film in which Bob Clark was not involved in the production process, as Clark had died in 2007. Bob Clark had produced and directed the original Black Christmas (1974), and had been an executive producer on the remake of Black Christmas (2006).
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The film received a massive backlash due to the PG-13 rating. Coincidentally, the first remake Black Christmas (2006) was at one point rumored to be PG-13 but the producers wisely decided to release an R-rated film.
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The first Black Christmas film to be rated PG-13. Both the 1974 original and 2006 remake were R-rated.
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First "Black Christmas" film to not feature actress, Andrea Martin.
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The icicle scene, initially thought to be a reference to the icicle death scene in Black Christmas (2006), is an homage to one of the most infamous events in Hollywood history: The 1921 rape and death of actress Virginia Rappe which resulted in the murder trial of obese comedian Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle. Arbuckle was exonerated, proven to be innocent of the charges, in 1922. The case electrified the nation and became a cause célèbre among early feminists. Writer-director Sophia Takal has stated the original scene in the screenplay was far more graphic and explicit, but was watered down to receive a PG-13 rating.
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Actress Imogen Poots stated in an interview that she signed on for the role of Riley before she had read the screenplay.
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Director Sophia Takal worked extensively to make this vision of "Black Christmas" as feminist as she could, stating in an interview, "I wanted to make a movie where instead of feeling objectified or watched from a distance, the audience felt seen."
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All four of the sorority sisters have unisex names (or go by unisex variations of their names): Riley, Kris, Marty, and Jesse. However, this was not the case in earlier drafts of the screenplay. In the original story treatment by Sophia Takal and April Wolfe, the character of Kris was named Crystal and was a homage to anti-rape activist Crystal Mangum who garnered national attention in 2006. Purportedly, Universal Studios/Blumhouse insisted upon the names being made unisex.
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The first trailer, released on September 5, 2019, was code-named "Kwanzaa".
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Not screened in advance for critics, due to the expectant negative reviews.
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The film-makers reportedly asked Gloria Steinem to cameo, but she declined after being told there wasn't a completed script.
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This is the first "Black Christmas" movie not to be filmed in Canada. Instead the production was set in New Zealand.
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Full names of the Mu Kappa Epsilon sorority sisters can be seen on the list dropped by Mr. Gelson while stumbling upon Riley near the fraternity house: Riley Stone, Kris Waterson, Marty Coolidge, Jesse Bolton-Sinclair, Helena Rittenhouse, Fran Abrams, and Lindsay Helms from a different sorority. Also there's name "Mel Stevenson" in MKE section, but this character had never appeared on-screen.
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BODY COUNT: 25+ (Lindsay, Fran, Jesse, Nate, Marty, Gil (campus security guard), 5 hooded killers on-screen, 1 hooded killer off-screen, Helena, Professor Gelson, Brian, Phil, at least 10-15 frat brothers)
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There is a scene that references The Exorcist III (1990) and its garden shear scene when Fran is seen walking through several rooms looking for her cat in a long static shot before the killer suddenly runs out, the camera crash zooms, and they start to strangle her from behind with Christmas lights before the scene cuts away.
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First "Black Christmas" film not to feature a killer named Billy.
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In various close-ups, the gloved hands of the killers actually belong to director Sophia Takal.
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Besides that the movie takes place during the Christmas holidays and in a sorority house it has no other similarities to 1974 original or the 2006 remake. Also no scene happens during Christmas unlike the other two movies, the movie ends before Christmas.
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