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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Movie Review: Black Christmas (2006)

Do you get a little home sick during Christmas? In December 2006, Billy did, so he broke out from what he was doing and headed home.

Directing this 84 minute horror/thriller is Glen Morgan.

Katie Cassidy as Kelli Presley, Michelle Trachtenberg as Melissa, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Hearther Fitzgerald, Lacey Chabert as Dana, Crystal Lowe as Lauren Hannon, Kristen Cloke as Leigh Colvin, Andrea Martin as Barbara "Ms. Mac" MacHenry, Oliver Hudson as Kyle Autry, Cainan Wiebe as Billy Lenz (5 - 12 years old) Dean Friss as Agnes (16 - 22 years old) and Robert Mann as Billy Lenz (20 - 35 years old).

It’s Christmas time at the Delta Alpha Kappa sorority house. Every year, as is tradition, the sorority leaves a gift under the tree for someone who’s not a sorority sister. That special someone would be
Billy, the previous owner of the house. Billy has been wanting to go back home for Christmas. So this year, against doctor’s wishes, Billy’s going home. Even though the last time Billy spent Christmas at home it wasn’t a very merry experience. Well, it wasn’t for everyone else, but Billy had a jolly time.

This is a remake for the original 1974 Black Christmas (which was also known as Silent Night, Evil Night and Stranger in the House). On kind of a cool note, the original was directed by Bob Clark, who helped produce the remake years later. I did say kinda cool, I thought it was anyway. Now, some things were changed here and there from the original, but for the most part it plays out the same. I liked the story and the playthrough, because it had some cheesiness all in the right places. While it has a decent script and good special effects, we’re not talking about a blockbuster film here. It’s your basic slasher/serial killer flick; see psycho, see psycho kill, see body count rise… that’s Christmas themed. So, ho ho ho! After watching this film, you may not see milk and cookies the same way.

It's rated R for violence, language, nudity and gore.

This silent but deadly night gets 3 stars.

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