BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974), AYIF Review.


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Directed by Bob Clark, 1979
Written by Roy Moore


Welcome back to AYIF.  Today’s film epitomizes why I started this project in the first place: to mine obscurity and strike paydirt!  I love horror films and have since I was a kid.  While I have grown to be picky, even a bit snobby, on the subject, it is a genre with which I find a comfortable familiarity.  Horror is the gateway drug for my full on film addiction.  I moved to Austin because I wanted to expand my horizons and find my new favorites.  BLACK CHRISTMAS will definitely occupy one of those spots.

BLACK CHRISTMAS takes place just after Labor Day.  Not really, just making sure you’re paying attention.  In lieu of spoilers, enjoy this hopelessly vague synopsis.  It’s the holiday season and we follow one local sorority preparing for their Christmas break.  Some are packing to go home, others are decking the halls, and still others are simply drinking spirits right.  But amid all the festive frivolity, the girls receive numerous phone calls featuring disturbing voices and threats.  They don’t think much of it until unexplained sounds and shadows find their way inside the house.  Who is the mysterious figure lurking outside?  Will our sorority sisters be slaughtered before sunrise?

BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006), Review.


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Directed by Glen Morgan, 2006
Written by Glen Morgan, Roy Moore (1974 Screen Play)


I’m really curious how this current generation of minors turns out, assuming that they also stay up late to watch R-Rated films past their bedtime.  I was one of those kids roughly fifteen years ago and I stayed up into the wee-hours to watch films like HALLOWEEN, MY BLOODY VALENTINE, FRIDAY THE 13TH, and others of their kind.  I knew that if I was patient I’d see a breast, somewhere.  I also knew I’d probably have trouble sleeping, but once my REM kicked in the luscious image of the naked woman would be there to comfort me throughout the night, forcing the image of a lunatic with a knife into submission.  No guts, no glory.

I’m sure today’s youth will probably have the same kind of experience.  Only, I wonder if their dreams of naked women are just bad remakes of mine.

BLACK CHRISTMAS (2006) is another in the constantly growing canon of horror film rehashes.  The original, which is an overlooked landmark in the slasher film sub-genre, was made by Bob Clark who is one of the most under-acknowledged filmmakers in the latter half of the 20th century.  While 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS isn’t nearly as well known as the more popular titles in the horror film catalog it is about as revered, amongst those that have seen it, as some of the genre’s best.




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