#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – It’s time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don’t express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally begin to get concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem?
Plot: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
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***Historical slasher with John Saxon, Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder***
It’s the Christmas season at a sorority house in the Northeast wherein an ambiguous psycho hiding in the attic makes crank calls to the girls and slays them one-by-one. John Saxon plays the local detective.
“Black Christmas” (1974) obviously influenced “Halloween” (1978), e.g. the closet scene, but was influenced itself by psycho slasher flicks like “Psycho” (1960), “Dementia 13” (1963) and “Silent Night, Bloody Night” (1972).
Honestly, the 2006 remake has a more absorbing story which, to me, is the best indicator of a quality movie. This version is dull by comparison, particularly the first half, but it picks up steam in the second. And the open-ended climax is interesting.
But I strongly prefer the female cast in the remake; they’re just all-around superior IMHO. Of course Olivia Hussey is attractive in this rendition, albeit cold, and Lynne Griffin as Clare is winsome, although her part is small. Andrea Martin (Phyl) comes across as a shorter version of Cher with short, curly hair. Unfortunately, Margot Kidder as Barb is one of the most obnoxious characters in cinema, a real turn-off (so is Mrs. Mac, but less so). Thankfully, Barb’s only prominent through the first half.
The film runs 1 hour, 38 minutes, and was shot in Toronto.
Black Christmas decorates traditional festivities with blood, suffocation and disturbing phone calls. Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas! And have a slashin’ good time! The slasher sub-genre was most proficient during the mid-to-late 70s, with ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, ‘Halloween’ and a plethora of spicy Argento features to add a worldly aesthetic. However, one film that innovated the tropes and traits commonly found in the aforementioned titles, was Bob Clark’s Black Christmas. A horror “slasher” (if you can classify it as that…) where an anonymous serial killer remains secluded in a sorority house, gradually picking off the girls one by one. Just in time for Santa to come down that warmly lit chimney and deliver them coffins wrapped up in cute little bows.
To say that Black Christmas was revolutionary and a blooded sprout for the blossoming sub-genre to come, would be an understatement. A nameless unknown killer that exhumes mental instability? Check. An expendable cast of characters that stupidly investigate ominous sounds by themselves? Check. Excruciating tension with every camera movement? Absolutely! Surprisingly, now that I’ve witnessed various films during the conception of a horror movement, it’s incredibly easy to see how influential Black Christmas is. Not for its innovative concept, as other simpler thrillers utilise slashing techniques with efficiency (‘Psycho’), but rather for its technical proficiency.
Clark’s direction, whilst unpolished, is solid throughout. Taut camera pans to explore the darkened hallways of the sorority house. Minimal sound editing to heighten the suspense. Excellent use of shadows to illustrate the antagonist’s anonymity. Sublime POV perspective to place the viewer in the shoes of the killer. And a ramped up conclusive act that will have anyone watching perched on the edge of their seats eagerly anticipating to unwrap the plot twist, even if that narrative turn was predictable from the offset. The camera can be visible on specific occasions, mostly through reflections in picture frames as it glides through hallways. Emphasising that unrefined quality of Clark’s novice-like direction. It does give the feature some flavour, perhaps not the jolly festivities one was yearning for. More egg nog than champagne.
Yet what really injected some holiday spirit into the story, were the characters. Uniquely all acquiring a distinguishable personality that made them different and relatable. The shady drunk friend or the intellectual gal who has all the common sense (that is until she goes wandering by herself…!). The point is, they were all memorable, and that’s a rare achievement in slashers. The second act, where the campus police become involved, does stagnate the overall pace with minimal storytelling momentum. Fortunately the third act immediately picks it back up for an explosive bauble of…slashing.
So despite the lack of actual slashing, overall unrefined quality and inconsistent pacing, it’s an extremely enjoyable horror flick that takes a gentle holiday season and turns it into a crazy murder-sesh. Perhaps my new annual Christmas film? We’ll see…! I am sadistic after all!
It’s not often that you find a film in the thriller/horror genre that has something “new” to say, so it’s even more exciting to find that one of the original films in the “slasher” genre is actually still one of the freshest, most unique and utterly entertaining of them all. This is the kind of movie you can’t wait to tell your friends about, knowing full well they’ve probably never seen it, but they’ve heard of it.
Everything about this film is stellar. The acting, to steal the words of a great reviewer who loves this movie, is flawless. The direction is confident and assured. What is Bob Clark’s story? How did he go from making quirky, ground-breaking horror to…well…”Baby Geniuses 2?” His black-humored wit is on display in all his movies, and here too. Margot Kidder and Marian Waldman shine as foul-mouthed alcohol abusers. Particularly Kidder–it’s hard to believe she did this at the BEGINNING of her career, she’s that assured…and fun to watch. Olivia Hussey is alluring as the lead, Jessica, and her beauty, as well as her speaking voice are a welcome presence.
The plot might seem clichéd now, until you understand that it was all the movies that came AFTER that were the clichés–even “He Knows Your Alone,” which seemed so vital at the time, can’t compare. “Black Christmas” is a FILM, and goes beyond the conventions of a cheap slasher. The key is the ending–only a director with an artistic sensibility would have fought for it (no spoilers here). Suffice to say, in all the slashers I’ve watched I’ve never seen the equal. It’s a tricky business to sum up a mystery in a plot, and few can maintain the element of surprise, intelligence or creativity required. You will NOT see the ending coming here, and though the end is a surprise, it works well.
If you’re like I was and hesitating to watch this because you think it’ll just be “another fear film,” don’t waste anymore time! You will NOT be sorry you spent your Christmas “black…”
Heavily Underrated and Overlooked Classic Slasher
To those of you Halloween fans, THIS is the film that came first, John Carpenter’s Halloween is doused with aspects lifted directly from Bob Clark’s Black Christmas. Alongside Psycho it remains one of my personal classics. Very unnearving and in parts horrific – the phone calls for instance. Basically its Christmas time, as the title suggests and an unknown killer has found his way into the attic of a sorority girls house and begins killing them one by one. Kidder’s performance of the drunken, outspoken Barb is fantastic, followed closely by Olivia Hussey, who is truly beautiful in this movie. The camera work and direction is first rate, the first person perspective, heavy breathing – which most will know from Halloween, Mr Clark did it here first, and in my opinion, did it better than JC. It’s not full of gore its full of suspense and wonderful creepy atmosphere, as I mentioned before, the phone calls really will put you on edge, as will the ‘eye’ scene. Get ready for a shocking ending and watch it again for all the bits that you didn’t catch, believe me there will be some. Alongside Jacob’s Ladder, Don’t Look Now and The Fog this really is one of the most frightening films I have ever had the pleasure to acquire.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Bob Clark
Writer Roy Moore (screenplay)
Actors Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon
Awards 2 wins & 2 nominations.
Production Company Film Funding Ltd. of Canada, Warner Bros., Famous Players, August Films, Vision IV
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision R 200
Laboratory Quinn Labs, Toronto, Canada
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm