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

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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Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas
Director: Bob Clark
Writer: Roy Moore
Cast: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, Lynne Griffin
Part of: /slash Filmfestival Christmas Special

Christmas is just around the corner and the Pi Kappa Gamma sorority house is emptying. Only Barb (Margot Kidder), Jess (Oivia Hussey) and Phyl (Andrea Martin) are staying behind with their house mother Mrs Mac (Marian Waldman). But before everybody leaves, they are having a party which is rudely interrupted by an obscene phone call. The caller – Billy – has been calling for a while, but this time, Barb talks back. And then all hell breaks loose as girls start disappearing around and in the sorority.

Black Christmas is a slasher/stalker classic and that for a reason. It has some excellently creepy moments and a fantastic Margot Kidder to keep you engaged.

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