Saturday, October 31, 2009

Random Movie Review: Black Christmas

My special Halloween Movie Review is Black Christmas. I am not talking about the 2006 remake, but the 1974 original. The film is considered by some the inventor of the modern day slasher movie and is given high praise from most of the horror community. It is directed by Bob Clark (A Christmas Story) and stars Margot Kidder (Superman) and Olivia Hussey (Romeo and Juliet). The plot is about a sorority house that is terrorized by a person making frighting phone calls and sorority sisters going missing and murdered over the holiday break. The film from the start is pretty creepy with how the killer got in the house to the first kill. The plastic bag scene is great even by todays standards just look at the poster. The phone calls are kinda funny at first in the sexual nature then frighting later in the movie. The way you see the film through the killers eyes is a staple in horror film history. The point-of-view is later used in Halloween and Friday The 13th. The thing I love most about the film is the eerie score by Carl Zitter. It added so much to the feel of the film as a whole. Some might think it is stupid at would never happen, although it is partly inspired by real events that happened in Montreal, Quebec around Christmas time. The aged of the film might make it somewhat hard for todays teens to watch it without getting a little bored. For diehard horror fans like me it is a must watch. If you like Halloween and Friday The 13th then you will want to watch this low budget slasher film. I give this film a 78 out of 100.

Benjamin Myers

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