Black Christmas
Black Christmas (1974)

Black Christmas is an effective, frightening above average slasher movie with a good cast and a frightening, surprise ending. Barb (Margot Kidder) and Jess (Olivia Hussey) are lonely sorority sisters who are having a Christmas party in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 20, 1974
DVD Release Date: November 6, 2001
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Only Marian Waldman as the house-mother comes across with any life.

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Anton Bitel
Little White Lies

Made at a time when there were as yet no fixed rules for the slasher subgenre, here anything goes, and the survival of neither virgin nor even final girl comes guaranteed.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

One of the better slasher films.

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Time Out

The film still manages a good slice of old-fashioned suspense.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

The writing is also very good and a reminder of a time when movies were genuinely made for adults.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

While I'll always love The Shape emerging to chase after Laurie Strode, for my money "Black Christmas" is the supreme slasher film...

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New York Times

A whodunit that begs the question of why it was made.

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David Keyes

A well-made excursion into the bloody unknown, driven by characterization and modulated by a tone that knows when to amplify the scares and when to back away from them, usually at the service of a story with the morbid curiosity to investigate further.

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Generally heralded as the first of its kind, Black Christmas may actually be one of a kind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Stella Dallas
best christmas movie ever
Drew Smith
Here is the grandmother of the slasher film, four years before Halloween. Black Christmas' power is impossible to deny; its characters are compelling, the… More
Pierluigi Puccini
It's a shame that slasher genre and all it's settings and twists had become clichéd, because this movie established most of them for the first time.… More
Aj V
A classic horror movie! From the director of A Christmas Story too! The actors are kind of average, but the story is good, and the movie is really scary.… More
Lee ?
Creepy atmospheric stalk and slash classic. Not very graphic violence wise neither is there a huge body count either, but it's a very well made and put… More
Michael Gildea
A mostly unimpressive, easy to forget Canadian horror film that like a lot of R-rated movies in the early 70s had more fun with shock, swearing and being dirty… More