Country : USA
Country : USA
Black Christmas tells the story of a young boy named
Billy. He is locked in the attic of his home by his
mother and her lover. One day Billy breaks out of his
musty attic and murders them. In present day, eight girls,
and their house mother, find themselves living in
Billy's old home, now a sorority house. Billy decides
to come home for the Holiday season, and hides away in
a familiar attic. Through the night, the house
receives obscene phone calls, and the sorority girls
start to go missing.
Turning the title into a pun may be the most original
idea the writer, Glen Morgan, thought of, and it sets
up a decent finale. The twist however is quite lame
and I had it figured out during the first flashback..
or maybe it was the second. This film suffers from
way too many flashbacks and too much backstory.
That's really what made the original so scary. The
lack of backstory and the focus on the killer in the
house, but you never really knew why. Unfortunately,
the overriding outlet for creativity that splatter
fests offer filmmakers lies in setting new limits for
gore and sadism. Black Christmas doesn't unsheathe
its glass unicorn horns immediately, but once it cuts
loose the blood lust pales in comparison to other
remakes like The Hills Have Eyes or even The Texas
Chainsaw Massacre. There are some good kills, but I
was expecting a lot more. The violence at some points
tries to go over the top and it winds up overshooting
the story's logic.
My final word... MEH... it was okay. Nowhere near the
greatness of the original, but it was fun. It had some
good gore and it was nice to see the nods to the
original, like Clark University and of course Andrea
Martin, some of the kills etc.... But otherwise, it
was a very uninspired Final Destination-y type showcase
for gory kills.