Saturday, 13 December 2014

Christmas Countdown 2014: Day 13


It's Saturday, the 13th, and today our Christmas Countdown offers you a check-up for a rather unconventional holiday movie. Does it have the ultimate Christmas factor anyway?

Black Christmas (1974)
Canada; 98 min.; horror, slasher
Director: Bob Clark
Writing: Roy Moore
Cinematography: Reginald H. Morris
Cast: Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, Keir Dullea, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, James Edmond, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin

Synopsis: A psychotic killer makes use of the holiday season by terrorising the members of a sorority house.

Christmas Factor: 35%
I admit that there is a fair amount of Christmas decoration and music as well as a man in a Santa costume. Still, the fact that a number of girls are brutally slaughtered while jolly carol singers are roaming the streets rather turns this into a film more suitable for ultra-Grinches than for the sugar-sweet Christmas-adoring crowds. Add to this a batshit crazy psychopath, a fair amount of profanity and a young woman who's contemplating an abortion, and you have the ultimate anti-holiday experience. Great horror movie? Yes. Great Christmas factor? Hell, no.

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