Black Christmas (2019)

Black Christmas
Director: Sophia Takal
Writer: Sophia Takal, April Wolfe
Remake of: Black Christmas (1974)
Cast: Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O’Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Cary Elwes, Madeleine Adams
Seen on: 13.12.2019

Content Note: rape, sexualized assault

Plot:
Christmas break is approaching and Hawthorne college has mostly emptied of students. Riley (Imogen Poots), Kris (Aleyse Shannon), Marty (Lily Donoghue), Jesse (Brittany O’Grady), and Helena (Madeleine Adams) are sorority sisters who have remained on campus for now. They are preparing to go to a fraternity talent show, despite the fact that Riley was raped by one of them and that Kris has run afowl the boys’ club at the university with her feminist activism. But sexism and rape culture are not the only threat to women at Hawthorne: there is also a killer going after the girls.

Black Christmas is an openly feminist retelling of a beloved slasher classic, reinterpreting a genre that is usually more interested in killing the women than in exploring them as characters. I really enjoyed it.

The film poster in black and white  showing Kris (Aleyse Shannon), Riley (Imogen Poots), Marty (Lili Donogue) and Jesse (Brittany O'Grady) sitting on a park bench, looking dishevelled and ready to fight.
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