Black Christmas (2006) Review

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Black Christmas (2006) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on December 20th, 2019 | Movie Review | Christmas, Holiday, Black Christmas Series

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It's about an escaped mental patient who goes on a killing spree at the local sorority house.

Black Christmas was directed by Glen Morgan (who also directed Willard) and stars Katie Cassidy (from A Nightmare on Elm Street, When A Stranger Calls), Kristen Cloke (from Final Destination) and Mary Elizabeth Winstead (from The Thing, Final Destination 3).

This holiday season, the slay ride begins

Black Christmas Review

This Black Christmas is a remake of the original Black Christmas from 1974. In that Black Christmas a deranged guy named Billy terrorizes a group of sorority girls for mysterious reasons that are never fully revealed. We only know that it had something to do with the death of his sister Agnes, which we presume he was responsible for. In this Black Christmas Billy is an escaped mental patient whose former home was the new sorority house, a sorority house full of girls he decides to kill off, one of which happens to be his sister Agnes.

This Black Christmas is a tough watch. It starts out okay, but gets boring fast. It's a painfully generic teen scream full of shallow unlikable characters and enough plot holes to drive you as bat shit crazy as Billy. There's some solid gore, but it's not nearly enough to carry this weak remake.

In the original, Billy was a mysterious figure. It's what made his terror so terrorizing. In this remake Billy is the belle of the ball. Everyone knows about him, talks about him and even puts out gifts for him every Christmas just for kicks. There's no mystery in this remake, it just uses Billy as an excuse to make a generic slasher.

This Black Christmas reminded me of the first reboot for Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation . It also abandoned everything that made the original great in order to pander to teens.

Worth Watching?

I don't think so. It's too slow, formulaic and nonsensical to be fun. If you’re looking for a good slasher this Christmas I’d sit down for Silent Night or the super gory Mercy Christmas instead.

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