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Black Christmas
     

Black Christmas

3.1 7
Director: Glen Morgan, Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Cast: Glen Morgan, Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead

 

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A few innocent women experience a nightmare before Christmas in this bloody thriller. Billy Lenz, a severely maladjusted child, finally snaps under years of brutal treatment by his family, killing and eating them in an explosion of violence on Christmas Eve. For years, the Lenz house stands vacant, but in time it's purchased and renovated as the new home for a college

Overview

A few innocent women experience a nightmare before Christmas in this bloody thriller. Billy Lenz, a severely maladjusted child, finally snaps under years of brutal treatment by his family, killing and eating them in an explosion of violence on Christmas Eve. For years, the Lenz house stands vacant, but in time it's purchased and renovated as the new home for a college sorority. A few days before Christmas, a handful of sorority sisters -- Dana (Lacey Chabert), Melissa (Michelle Trachtenberg), Kelli (Katie Cassidy), and Heather (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) -- are enjoying a quiet evening with their house mother, Barbara MacHenry (Andrea Martin), exchanging gifts and swapping stories before heading home for holiday break. While Barbara remembers the story of Billy's crimes, the atmosphere is peaceful until the young women receive the first in a series of disturbing telephone calls. Before long, they learn that Billy has escaped after years in a mental institution, and has come back to the house where he grew up to once again spill blood for the Christmas season. Black Christmas is a remake of the 1974 horror film of the same name by director Bob Clark, who later made a less-threatening film about the Yuletide season, A Christmas Story; Andrea Martin, who plays the house mother, also appeared in the 1974 film as one of the sorority girls.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
In the time since the remake craze took over Hollywood, rarely has there been an example of such slapdash slasher sludge than 2006's revamp of Bob Clark's seminal shocker, Black Christmas. Shunning the stripped down simplicity of the original, this vapid redo dares to craft a new expansive plot where none was needed in the first place. Far-too-forgiving viewers might go along with the predictable proceedings all well and good, but when it comes down to it, someone needs to be held responsible for this hunk of junky cinema. Whether it was the widely rumored studio interference or writer/director Glen Morgan's wrong-headed approach to adapting the project, there's plenty of blame to go around when genre audiences are through with this one. For starters, the filmmakers have decided to follow rule one of the remake trend and ridiculously explain the killer's back-story, which couldn't be more of a mistake when one considers how random and mysterious the psychopath was is in the original. Secondly -- and yes, we're dealing with spoilers here -- there is not one, but two killers, which is every bit as silly and stupid of a plot scheme as they come. It's not as if Morgan hadn't watched the first film either -- proof comes in the form of the killer's M.O., a suffocating bag-over-the-head technique was chilling when used sparingly before, becomes tired even before the halfway point. Also in question is the remake's eyeball fixation, no doubt inspired by a brief, chilling shot in the original -- only here, the entire movie is doused with so many eyeball through holes in the floors, walls, and never mind the incessant eyeball gore, that it completely loses its power and just like the rest of the film, becomes an old hat trick real quick. Taken simply as a stupid slasher entry, the flick might actually age better with future audiences mocking the preposterous proceedings, though hopefully they'll have the still very effective first film to compare it to.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2007
UPC:
0796019801089
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Weinstein Company
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
9,015

Special Features

Closed Caption; What have you done?: The remaking of Black Christmas; May all you Christmases Be Black ; A filmmaker's journal; Deleted scenes; 3 alternate endings

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katie Cassidy Kelli
Michelle Trachtenberg Melissa
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Heather
Oliver Hudson Kyle
Lacey Chabert Dana
Kristen Cloke Leigh
Andrea Martin Ms. Mac
Robert Mann William Edward Lenz. Billy (35 & 20 Years)
Crystal Lowe Lauren
Jessica Harmon Megan Helms
Leela Savasta Clair Crosby
Kathleen Kole Eve
Karin Konoval Billy's Mother
Howard Siegel Lover (Stepfather)
Peter Wilds Billy's Father
Dean Friss Agnes (16 & 22 Years)
Cainan Wiebe Billy (5 & 12 Years)
Aaron Pearl Bludworth
Christina Crivici Agnes (8 Years)
Peter New Sanitarium Orderly
Michael D. Adamthwaite Santa
Christian Sloan Patient in Robe
Ronald Selmour Security Guard
Alycia Purrott Candy Stripper
Evan Adams Doctor
Jerry Wasserman Medical Examiner
Derek McIver Hospital Orderly
Anne Marie De Luise Kelli's Mother
Greg Kean Kelli's Father
Jody Racicot Morgue Attendant
Kent Kubena Reindeer

Technical Credits
Glen Morgan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Marty Adelstein Producer
Marc Butan Executive Producer
Bob Clark Executive Producer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
Mark Freeborn Production Designer
Ogden Gavanski Co-producer
Jack Hardy Asst. Director
Steven Hoban Producer
James Wong Producer
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Toby Lindala Makeup Special Effects
Gregory Mah Costumes/Costume Designer
Coreen Mays Casting
Robert McLachlan Cinematographer
Satsuki Mitchell Co-producer
Roy Moore Original Story
Scott Nemes Executive Producer
Wendy O'Brien Casting
John Papsidera Casting
Dawn Parouse Producer
Patrick Ramsay Sound/Sound Designer
Noah Segal Executive Producer
Dawn Shindle Casting
Victor Solnicki Producer
Mike Upton Co-producer
Jojo Villanueva Musical Direction/Supervision
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Shirley Walker Score Composer
Tim Walston Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Wilke Camera Operator
Chris Willingham Editor
Tony Wohlgemuth Art Director
Michael Wrinch Camera Operator

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black X-Mas
1. Criminally Insane [5:18]
2. Home for Christmas [9:57]
3. Billy's Story [5:19]
4. My Family Now [1:24]
5. Christmas Cookies [6:04]
6. Big Sis [9:47]
7. Blackout [5:11]
8. Calls for Help [8:57]
9. Divide and Conquer [5:50]
10. "He's In the Attic" [5:35]
11. A Creature Is Stirring [10:51]
12. End Credits [8:35]

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