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  • Writer's pictureStephen Yanni

Black Christmas (1974) - Pioneering Horror with Dated Flaws

Rating: ★★½☆☆ (2.5/5 stars)

Released 12-20-1974

Watched 05-30-2024

Reviewed 06-12-2024

Watched on Peacock

"No, Clare, it's the Mormon Tabernacle Choir making their annual obscene phone call."

Black Christmas, the 2019 remake of the 1974 horror classic, attempts to blend the festive cheer of the holiday season with the chilling atmosphere of a slasher film. Directed by Sophia Takal, the movie follows a group of sorority sisters at Hawthorne College who become the targets of a masked killer during their Christmas break.

The film’s strength lies in its modern take on the genre, incorporating themes of female empowerment and social commentary. The lead performances, particularly by Imogen Poots and Aleyse Shannon, are commendable. They bring depth to their characters, making the audience root for their survival.

However, where Black Christmas stumbles is in its execution of horror elements. The scares are predictable, and the tension often falls flat. The plot twists, meant to surprise, can feel forced and underwhelming.

Visually, the movie does capture the eerie charm of the holiday season juxtaposed with the sinister events unfolding. The cinematography and set design work well to create a festive yet foreboding atmosphere.

Black Christmas offers a fresh perspective with its timely themes and solid performances but ultimately fails to deliver a truly gripping horror experience. It’s a watchable holiday slasher but doesn’t quite live up to the potential of its classic predecessor.

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