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Black Christmas (2006)

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On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Director:

Glen Morgan

Writers:

Glen Morgan (screenplay), Roy Moore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Cassidy ... Kelli Presley (as Katie Cassidy)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Melissa
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Heather Fitzgerald
Lacey Chabert ... Dana
Kristen Cloke ... Leigh Colvin
Andrea Martin ... Barbara 'Ms. Mac' MacHenry
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Lauren Hannon (as Crystal Lowe)
Oliver Hudson ... Kyle Autry
Karin Konoval ... Billy's Mother
Dean Friss Dean Friss ... Agnes - 16 & 22 Years
Robert Mann ... Billy Lenz - 20 & 35 Years
Jessica Harmon ... Megan Helms
Leela Savasta ... Clair Crosby
Kathleen Kole Kathleen Kole ... Eve Agnew
Cainan Wiebe ... Billy Lenz - 5 & 12 Years
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In the 70's, the boy Billy is born with yellow skin due to a liver disease and his dysfunctional mother rejects him. Later he witnesses his mother and her lover killing his beloved father and burying him in the basement of their house, and he is locked in the attic alone along his childhood. When he is a teenager, he is sexually abused by his mother and she has a baby girl called Agnes. During Christmas, the deranged Billy escapes from his imprisonment, kills his mother and stepfather and blinds one eye of Agnes. He is declared insane and his sister is sent to an orphanage. In the present days, Billy escapes from the Clark Sanatorium to spend Christmas with his family. Meanwhile, his former house is the Delta Alpha Kappa sorority house in the campus of the Clement University, and the housemother and the sisters Kelli Presley, Dana, Lauren Hannon, Megan, Heather, Megan Helms, Melissa and Eve Agnew are preparing the house for Christmas party in a stormy night while Clair Crosby is in ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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This December terror is coming home See more »

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Glen Morgan wanted either Margot Kidder or Andrea Martin (who were both in the Black Christmas (1974) original) to play the house mother in this movie, to pay respect to the 1974 version. See more »

Goofs

When Ms. Mac is first telling the story of Billy, she eats a marshmallow that she just cooked in the fire. There is no way that the marshmallow and the tongs that just came out of the fire place wouldn't have burned her mouth. See more »

Quotes

[fiddling with the electric box, trying to get the power back on]
Dana Mathis: Oh shit. The main breaker is underneath the house.
[Leigh looks at her]
Dana Mathis: What? I'm not the totally helpless daddy's girl these bitches make me out to be.
Leigh Colvin: Okay, then go outside and turn the power on.
Dana Mathis: Are you high? I'm not going outside, it's freezing!
Leigh Colvin: It'll take two seconds, you know where the power is, I'll keep looking for Clair
Dana Mathis: Ugh, fine.
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Crazy Credits

The final credits include the message "Goodbye, Shirley," in tribute to composer Shirley Walker, a frequent collaborator with director Glen Morgan. Walker passed away in November 2006, before "Black Christmas"' release. See more »

Alternate Versions

The European version features different and more violent kills and the complete hospital showdown has been re-cut completely.
  • In the European version Billy dies on an operating table as doctors try unsuccessfully to revive him.
  • Leigh (Kristen Cloke) is taken to the morgue to ID Agnes and finds Clair's (Leela Savasta's) remains in the body bag marked for Agnes. Leigh returns to Kelli's ('Katie Cassidy''s) room to find Agnes hiding in the bed pretending to be her. Agnes attacks Leigh and snaps her neck. Kelli returns from getting X-rays done, is attacked by Agnes and kills her by shocking her to death with a defibrillator.
  • Kelli is picked up by her parents and leaves the hospital and the camera zooms in on a PEACE ON EARTH sign hanging on a door.
  • In the US version Billy drops down through a ceiling tile after Agnes is killed and chases after Kelli. Kelli breaks the window to her room and runs out into the hallway with Billy close behind. He fights with her before ending up falling over a railing and being impaled on the star on top of a Christmas tree in the lobby below.
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Connections

References A Christmas Story (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Deck the Halls
Traditional tune, lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as written by Eric Chun / Kathie Rollins]
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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"I'm not dreaming of a Black Christmas..."
21 June 2008 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

Some movies are very confident in their ability to do many things right, thus ensuring an intriguing experience. A movie like "Black Christmas," however, is mostly confident in its ability to do many things wrong, yet still remain watchable on some bizarre level. Needless to say, it's an overhaul of the seminal 1974 slasher of the same name, in which a lonely sorority house is besieged by a killer making obscene phone-calls from the attic over the holidays. The 2006 version takes this premise and attempts to build a backstory around murderer Billy Lentz, who remained a shadowy specter throughout Bob Clark's film. I have to give writer-director Glen Morgan credit: while this bit of character development is wildly uneven (including giving Billy a sister-in-madness), it is consistent with the wildly inconsistent rest of the film. Morgan brought a strong sense of macabre humor and visual style (I dare call it "Burtonesuqe") to his exceptional remake of "Willard" (helped by Crispin Glover's delightfully wacky performance), but his stylistic leanings are simply the wrong match for a "Black Christmas" remake. There is not a single suspenseful scene to be found, and the violence is so exaggerated that it defuses any horrific effect (seriously, a killer who eats eyeballs?); additionally, the characters are so ill-defined that it's hard to keep track of who's who (had the number of girls been whittled down the point where they had actual personalities, we might have actually given a damn about them). And, for a slasher film coming in the wake of "Scream" and its kindred, "Black Christmas" just shows a general lack of common sense when an obvious threat is lurking (can you really feel sorry for a security guard who lingers in a maniac's room long enough to get knocked off?). But in an odd way, "Black Christmas" avoids the oblivion of crappy horror remakes due to Morgan's impassioned, assured sense of visual style–that being said, it's nowhere near as good as its predecessor.

4.5 out of 10


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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,723,364, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$16,273,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,510,851
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2.35 : 1
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