Spooktober – Day 24: Black Christmas (1974)

What is Black Christmas?

A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters one by one during Christmas break. Black Christmas stars Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, and John Saxon and was directed by Bob Clark (director of A Christmas Story). The movie has spawned two remakes (both titled Black Christmas), including one in 2006 and one set to premiere December of this year.

Why do I recommend it?

Black Christmas is unofficially known as the kick-starter of the slasher craze, as Halloween didn’t come out for another four years. There have been many debates since the release of both films, which one is better and I am firmly on the Black Christmas side of that debate. Black Christmas terrified me much more than Halloween ever did. Seriously if you don’t believe me, watch this alone in the dark at midnight and try to tell me that you weren’t at the very least nervous when watching by Black Christmas. You can’t! Well, I mean you could, but you would be lying to me and yourself. It’s without a doubt, the most chilling and dreadful experience you will ever have while watching a horror movie.

Black Christmas is a creepy movie with an even creepier killer named Billy. One of the reasons the film is as creepy as it is, is because of Billy. We know nothing about Billy, like why he is targeting this sorority house and that’s what makes the whole situation the more terrifying. Not to mention, we get to see get his perspective on his own killings and it’s unnerving, to say the least. The atmosphere of the movie taking place during Christmas break combined with a deranged serial killer being on the loose is one of a kind. I love returning to Black Christmas late on a December night when Christmas is fast approaching because it perfectly captures a Christmas night perfectly along with giving me a good scare. The suspense and tension the film creates almost is unbelievably uncomfortable. Black Christmas is the horror movie I always revisit and that’s why if you haven’t had the chance to be creep out by Black Christmas yet…tick tock…tick tock…tick tock…

7 Extra Great Horror Movies

  • House of Wax (1953)
  • The Innocents (1961)
  • Don’t Look Now (1973)
  • The Beyond (1981)
  • Cure (1997)
  • Inside (2007)
  • The Wailing (2016)

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