Starring: Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Kristen Cloke, Crystal
Lowe, Lacey Chabert

Director: Glen Morgan

Synopsis: A remake of the 1974 horror classic that inspired slasher films
like Halloween; A group of sorority sisters are terrorized and murdered,
one-by-one, during Christmas Break.


Review:

The remake of the cult classic Black Christmas (which inspired tons of
slasher flicks) is stocking shelves at your nearby video store hoping you’ll
pick it up the next time you are in. The updated version does have that
made-for-teen-viewers kind of feel, but at times the movie manages to get
your blood pumping full of adrenaline from the rush of being spooked.
Black Xmas - Unrated elaborates more on Billy’s background and up
bringing, a story of his rare kidney disease which caused him to have
jaundice. This is one of the main things I didn't like. He looked stupid
painted yellow, this and the fact that this like most other remakes doesn't
stick to much to the original storyline. They always think they can make the
film better by adding little twists in the plot, but this story was better off
left alone.

Hip, hot young starlets like Michelle Trachtenburg (Dawn Summers from
Buffy the Vampire TV show), Lacey Chabert (Party of Five), and Katie
Cassidy (When A Stranger Calls) grace this colorful cast. My favorite
character from this movie was Kristen Cloke who played Leigh, Claire’s
older sister. She just made this movie for me from her blunt bitchiness to
her strong will to live. I will say there were some nicely done bloody bodies
and pretty inventive deaths in here, everything from icicles to the infamous
crystal unicorn. These snotty sorority sisters are in for a rude awakening
once Billy slowly starts to off them one by one as he creeps through the
house virtually unseen by the others.

The original Black Christmas directed by Bob Clarke back in 1974 is a movie
that chilled my bones the first time I saw it with the way the crank caller
(Billy) would call and breathe heavy and say the foulest things to who ever
picked up the phone or the way he would come slinking down from the attic
to off the sorority sisters one by one. The headmistress was a drinker with
a sharp tongue and of course Margot Kidder. I can still remember the
anticipation of the cop trying trace the call… it was awful. I haven’t seen
that movie in a long time but I’ll never forget being terrified to go to sleep
that night and propping a heavy chair in front of my already locked door.
Sadly, Bob Clark just recently passed away. A drunk driver swerved into
the southbound lane colliding head-on with Clark and his 22 year old son
killing them instantly. Clark also directed one of the best holiday movies
ever made - A Christmas Story - with Ralphie trying so hard to get that
Red Rider BB Gun.

Black Xmas has a lot of genuine scares and some equally suspenseful
moments to have you jumping a little in your seat. The house is so festive
and brightly decorated you never forget for a moment that it’s Christmas
as you watch these students scramble to try an escape their fate of not
living to open their presents up the next day. I thought the whole eyeball
thing was just stupid and totally unnecessary in this film. It was meant to
freak you out but I thought it just looked silly and fake. The Black Xmas
Unrated DVD Special Features consist of three alternate endings, deleted
scenes, May All Your Christmases Be Black- A Filmmaker’s Journey and
What Have You Done?: The Remaking Of Black Christmas. So grub down
on those cookies and milk because Santa won’t be stepping foot in Billy’s
house this year…no way!


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Overall: 5/10
Genres: Horror, Thriller,
Remake

Rated: Unrated

Country: USA

Year: 2006

Runtime: 94 minutes

Studio: Dimension Films

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