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Black Christmas ()

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featuring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, John Saxon

Although this Canadian production saw its widest U.S. cable TV distribution in the early '80s (primarily under the title Stranger in the House) to capitalize on the phenomenal success of Halloween and its offspring, this effective suspense-thriller actually predates John Carpenter's film by four years. The story involves a dangerous psychopath hiding out in the attic of a sorority house who torments a small group of pretty young sisters (including Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder) who are staying behind over Christmas break. His tactics range from making obscene phone calls from their house-mother's phone, to stalking the terrified boarders with sharp objects and murderous intent. Director Bob Clark, who mistook dreariness for tension in his previous horror effort Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things! (1972), here demonstrates a tight, aggressive style that generates some very original shocks -- particularly the surprise ending -- which clearly influenced dozens of similarly-themed slasher films to follow. Cavett Binion, Rovi Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 2.500

Good old flick

by Tamara on Oct 17, 2010

I recollect this oldie as a goodie! Other reviewer has to remember, back in the day movies were different! For that erra in time, it was a good scary flick. I loved it in the 80's and I love it still...I loved Shelly Winters.



by frontrowreviewer on Mar 4, 2010

I'm a fan of Bob Clark but this movie is a real sucker of a movie... Director Clark directed this movie during his sleep... Poor storyline needs more than a horror plot...A REAL FLOP of a movie... Needs a better cast...and acting was so so poor... Only good thing about this movie was THE END of this movie...Next time I will bring my own popcorn and got pillow to sleep though it....

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