Black Christmas

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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...
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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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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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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • UPC: 796019801089
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Weinstein Company
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Uncensored
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,060

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 Mrs. Mac, Ms. Mac
Robert Mann William Edward Lenz. Billy (35 & 20 Years), Billy
Jessica Harmon Megan, Megan Helms
Crystal Lowe Lauren
Leela Savasta Clair, Clair Crosby
Kathleen Kole Eve
Karin Konoval Billy's Mother
Howard Siegel Stepfather, Lover (Stepfather)
Peter Wilds Billy's Father
Dean Friss Agnes (16 & 22 Years), Agnes
Cainan Wiebe Young Billy, Billy (5 & 12 Years)
Christina Crivici Young Agnes, Agnes (8 Years)
Aaron Pearl Bludworth
Peter New Sanitarium Orderly
Michael D. Adamthwaite Santa
Ronald Selmour Security Guard
Alycia Purrott Candy Stripper
Evan Adams Doctor
Jerry Wasserman Medical Examiner
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, 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
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Black X-Mas
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   Captions and Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
      Spanish
      None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Deleted Scenes
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         Someone In the Attic
         Christmas Ringtones
         Gift Exchange
         The Girls Discuss Kyle and Eve
         Extended Version - Phone Call From Dana
         International Version - Melissa Killed In the Hallway
         Alternate Version - Lauren's Death
      Alternate Endings
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         Alternate Ending #1
         Alternate Ending #2
         Alternate Ending #3
      "What Have You Done?: The Remaking of Black Christmas"
      "May All Your Christmases Be Black" a Filmmaker's Journey
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better than the original!!

    I love scary movies. This was really good with plot twists. I liked how the screenwriter gave us background into Billy's past. He is creepy. The DVD extras were good too. I enjoyed Oliver Hudson & hope to see him in more films soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Don't take it seriously, but this was one of the best horror films of 2006. It was a remake, which made me leery, but had enough gore and humor to keep me entertained. The plot is, of course, out there, and the acting was anything but Oscar bait. In the end, you have to appreciate a good film that can laugh at itself. But if you haven't seen it, see it by X-mas time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Remakes after from when a stranger calls to the upcoming hitcher remake which is coming soon anyway and the upcoming halloween remake we now have another called Black Christmas of the same name as the original. You have the same plot somewhat the characters though a backstory on the killer and a new twist at the end as always.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    This movie was awesome! Okay I will admit that you have to get past the usual random story plot and acting, but it was very entertaining to say the least. Worth a watch for any horror lover!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Creepy and Funny!

    Black Christmas is a remake to the (1974)classic horror film which was great.In this version of the film everything the film had in the first had.I actually like this film because it had a somewhat all star cast,some creepy scenes and some funny scenes,and of course the killer.I think the film was not like the first film,but over all the film was good and I recommended it to any horror fan.

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    Posted May 21, 2010

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