Category Archives: Christmas Horror Films
BLACK CHRISTMAS-United States/Canada-2006
Directed by Glen Morgan
Screenplay by Glen Morgan
Based on the 1974 screenplay by Roy Moore
Do you like recipes? Do you like following instructions and preparing your food just exactly the way it says in the book? The book says ‘add 1 tsp. salt’ and that’s exactly what you do.
I hate following recipes. I think of different ways I can broil a steak or bake a chicken breast. What new twist can I add to it? Perhaps I can add some ginger to the steak or maybe inject the chicken breast with white wine. It’s my food, I’m going to fix it however I damn well please.
You know who I bet loves following recipes? Glen Morgan, the writer and director of Black Christmas, or Black X-mas; whichever you prefer. The film is a remake of the 1974 classic slasher film and it follows the plot to the letter. I can imagine that the recipe that Morgan followed went something like this:
Take one classic horror film screenplay and use it as a template
Write your own screenplay over the old one; but make sure you add in a little more nudity and a lot more gore. It’s the 2000’s after all. No one wants to see a suspenseful horror film with no blood these days.
Make sure you cast a bunch of hot chicks with big tits and vapid personalities. Also, make sure you feature a cast member from the original film. That’ll draw in the older crowd.
Bake at STUPID for about 90 minutes.
Allow 30 minutes to cool and then shop it around to the producers who wouldn’t know what a good horror film was if it bit them on the ass.
Distribute to theaters and watch the money roll in.
Congratulation! You have now sold your soul and set the horror genre back another 20 years because you don’t have an original idea in your head.
I hope you’re happy.
Andrea Martin, who played Phyllis in Black Christmas, said in an interview that she hadn’t thought about Black Christmas for 32 years and it “came out of the blue” when Glen Morgan offered her the role as the house mother in the movie.
- Horrible Horror #21 – Black Christmas (2006) (mibreviews.com)
- How Black Christmas Has Taken Over Andrea’s Holiday Season (surlygurls.net)
- 13 Christmas Movies For People Who Hate the Holidays [VIDEOS] (ibtimes.com)
It had been a long, long time since I sat down to watch Gremlins. But, as I was watching it again after all those years I got the nagging suspicion that I had seen this all happen before in real life. No, I don’t mean that I saw cute little Mogwais and scaly, slimy little gremlins fighting it out for the fate of a small town straight out of ’It’s a Wonderful Life on Crack’. I just mean the way they were behaving. Then it hit me and I knew exactly what this movie reminded me of: Black Friday.
Think about it. Have you ever been at a mall or a department store on the first shopping day after Thanksgiving? Think about how the people in the store were acting. They knock each other down, grab things out of other people’s hands, tempers flare, fights break out, grown men cry and on and on and on. Now, think about the scene in Gremlins where Stripe and all his scaly Gremlin buddies are in the movie theater. If that doesn’t remind you of the crowds on Black Friday I don’t know what will.
Another defense of my belief in this is the whole thing about don’t feed them after midnight. Everybody knows that most department stores and malls start their Black Friday sales in the wee small hours of the morning. So before that time most people are sweet, calm, cool and collected. In other words they’re like Gizmo, a Mogwai. But lo and behold, a transformation comes over them as soon as those doors open and those sales begin. They turn into Stripes, evil Gremlins all!!
So, it should go without saying that Gremlins is the perfect holiday movie. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have shopping to do. Online.
- The fourfour holiday shopping guide: All Gizmo everything (fourfour.typepad.com)
- Gremlins game would have been a squad-based shooter (joystiq.com)
Directed by Bob Clark
Written by Roy Moore
Olivia Hussey as Jess
Keir Dullea as Peter
Margot Kidder as Barb
John Saxon as Lt. Fuller
Black Christmas is the prototype for the modern day (1980′s to the present) slasher film. The film takes place on a holiday and features a group of sorority girls and their house mother. One by one they are murdered by an unseen killer who terrorizes them after each murder with obscene phone calls. One of the girls, Barb, played by Margot Kidder, is the template for the teenagers who would be hacked, slashed, and diced by the likes of Michael, Freddy and Jason. She drinks, has a foul mouth (in a hilarious scene, she tells the desk sergeant at the police station that the number to the sorority house is Fellatio 2880) and is more than likely sexually promiscuous. Olivia Hussey plays Jess, the final girl. For those of you who don’t know, the final girl is the last girl to either live or die in a slasher film. She is also the one who finds all or some of the bodies of the previous victims. You could also say that Hussey was the prime example of how the final girl should look as she is very beautiful in a wholesome sort of way. The killer, Billy, is never seen and the film is left wide open for a sequel the same way Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween were left open. This is not to say that it’s a bad film or that its predictable. It is quite a good film and the only way it is predictable is that we’ve seen the exact same thing time and time again in the movies that followed it. This is a very good film and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know just exactly where their favorite slashers got their start. Billy was their teacher and he was a good one.
Keir Dullea worked only for a week on this film, never meeting Margot Kidder and barely meeting John Saxon, but the film is edited in such a way that he appears to be present throughout.
- Black Christmas (2006) (jmountswritteninblood.com)
- what have you done to solange? (peanutbutterandgialli.wordpress.com)
- Margot Kidder, Gary Busey, Marshawn Lynch, and more on set in Ballard today (ballardnewstribune.com)
- New film based on real-life experiences of a Ballard man (ballardnewstribune.com)
- Non-Review Review: Scream 4 (Scre4m) (them0vieblog.com)
- Afternoon Palate Cleanser: Annette Funicello, Margot Kidder Chat About Sex (sfist.com)
- Horror Movie Freak Author Don Sumner Presents the Horror Movies to Watch Over the 10 Days to Halloween (prweb.com)
- Film: Newswire: Silent Night, Deadly Night is getting a remake with Malcolm McDowell (avclub.com)
- Top 10 Groundbreaking Horror Movies of All Time (dreadcentral.com)
- Christmas Coupons Floods Website with Thousands of Deals Right Before Black Friday (prweb.com)
- Final Girl Photo Tuesday (finalgirlsupportgroup.wordpress.com)
- Final Girl Photo Friday – The Slasher (finalgirlsupportgroup.wordpress.com)
- Nightmares (1980) (horror-movie-a-day.blogspot.com)
- The Initiation of Stacie: An interview with “Final Girl” Stacie Ponder (moviemorlocks.com)