Black ChristmasDirector: Bob Clark, Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder
Although this Canadian production saw its widest U.S. cable TV distribution in the early '80s (primarily under the title Stranger in the House) to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Halloween and its offspring, this effective suspense-thriller actually predates John Carpenter's film by four years. The story involves a dangerous psychopath hiding out in the attic of a sorority house who torments a small group of pretty young sisters (including Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder) who are staying behind over Christmas break. His tactics range from making obscene phone calls from their house-mother's phone, to stalking the terrified boarders with sharp objects and murderous intent. Director Bob Clark, who mistook dreariness for tension in his previous horror effort Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things! (1972), here demonstrates a tight, aggressive style that generates some very original shocks -- particularly the surprise ending -- which clearly influenced dozens of similarly-themed slasher films to follow.
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- Somerville House
Cast & Crew
|Olivia Hussey||Jessica Bradford|
|Keir Dullea||Peter Smythe|
|Margot Kidder||Barbie Coard|
|Andrea Martin||Phyllis Carlson|
|John Saxon||Lieutenant Kenneth Fuller|
|Marion Waldman||Mrs. Mac|
|Doug McGrath||Sgt. Nash|
|Martha Gibson||Mrs. Quaife|
|Jack Van Evera||Search Party|
|Les Rubie||Search Party|
|Lynne Griffin||Claire Harrison|
|James Edmond||Mr. Harrison|
|Karen Bromley||Art Director|
|Findlay Quinn||Executive Producer|
|Richard Schouten||Associate Producer|
|Carl Zittrer||Score Composer|
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One of the best if not the best horror film ever made. Contrary to what others think about the remake this does have a back story if you pay close attention to the phone calls. Rewind them if you have to but you will understand the back story and it is creepy. Bob Clark gives you a great horror movie with actually very little violence on screen and little to no gore. He lets the camera work and music do most of the work for him. It's brilliant and in my opinion remains an underrated classic. The trailer said it all: "If this movie doesn't make your skin crawl, it's on too tight."
This movie I heard about when it was annoucned they was coming out a remake to it and I just had to see and was it worth it? Yes, this was a suspenseful and creepy movie as how a horror movie should be and it did come before Halloween. The story was about a killer stalking a couple of girls at a sorority house through his point of view and the ending left a haunting moment with the audience wanting more.
This movie was good and had a creepy ending. Here is the story about a killer who stalks girls at a college or school and keeps calling, leaving disturbing messages.
All I could say is that "Black Christmas" is scary and creepy.
this is one of the best horror films i have ever seen! i love it! it is way better than Halloween and it was made four years before! Anyway, amazing movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My wife and I saw this in the theater back in 74-75. I love scary movies. But, after seeing this one, I even slept with the lights on for a couple of days. It set the standard for the 80's slasher films. This is not gory, it is scary. The ending was original at the time but has been copied endlessly since.