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Black Christmas (1974)

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

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Mrs. Quaife
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Storyline

It's time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls are beginning to put them on edge. When Clare disappears, they contact the police, who don't express much concern. Meanwhile Jess is planning to get an abortion, but boyfriend Peter is very much against it. The police finally begin to get concerned when a 13-year-old girl is found dead in the park. They set up a wiretap to the sorority house, but will they be in time to prevent a sorority girl attrition problem? Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Twas the Night, Before Christmas, and All Through the House, a Creature was stirring. The Stockings were Hung by the Chimney with care, but it was Hard to Say that St. Nick would be there. A Christmas of another Colour, brings a Killer on the Loose. See more »


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20 December 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Christmas  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$620,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,053,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Mrs. Mac was offered to Bette Davis who turned it down. She would later work with Olivia Hussey on Death on the Nile (1978), though reportedly they did not get along while filming. See more »

Goofs

When we see Claud the cat during the first malicious phone call he's rather short-coated, but later he's become conspicuously more shaggy. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Mac: [on her nightgown gift] Well, thank you, girls. It's lovely really...
[muttering]
Mrs. Mac: Got about as much use for this as I do a chastity belt.
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Crazy Credits

A telephone is continously ringing throughout the final credits. See more »

Connections

References The House That Screamed (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
German Lyrics by Joseph Mohr (1818)
Heard during opening credits
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A genuinely creepy horror classic.
30 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Bob Clark's "Black Christmas" is a horror classic.It's obvious that it was clearly an influence on the slasher films of the late seventies and early eighties."Black Christmas" takes place in a sorority house.Most of the sorority sisters go home for the holidays,while Barb(Margot Kidder),Jess(Oivia Hussey)and Phyl(Andrea Martin)stay behind.At the outset of the film,we see a mysterious killer enter the house and hide in the attic.He then begins to kill the sisters one by one,with each murder being followed by a disturbing phone call.Bob Clark managed to create a startling atmosphere of total dread and fear.The finale is extremely creepy and memorable.The soundtrack,particularly the killer's voice on the phone is frighteningly effective.So if you want to be scared give this gem a look.Highly recommended.


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