Well we are only a week away from Christmas so it only seemed appropriate that we take a look at a new special edition of one of the best holiday horror flicks ever. Black Christmas was released in 1974 and directed by Bob Clark, who also directed Porky’s, A Christmas Story, Rhinestone, and Baby Geniuses. Now there is a guy with range. Filmed entirely in Toronto, Black Christmas has become a bonafide classic in it’s own right. It was Elvis Presley’s favorite horror movie and reportedly Steve Martin is also a huge fan of the film. It is widely regarded as one of the originators of the slasher film genre as well as one of the first movies to use the POV style of showing the killer. Shout Factory has released a new special edition on Blu-ray just in time for this years holidays.
During Christmas break in the college town of Bedford, a group of sorority sisters at Pi Kappa Sigma make plans for the holiday but are plagued by a series of strange anonymous phone calls that have put everyone on edge. When one of their own, Clare (Lynne Griffin) goes missing, they start to think there is more to it than a crank caller and the police get involved. Now sorority sister Jess (Olivia Hussey) must try to survive the night as the police wiretap the house and try to stop the mysterious psycho before more people end up dead.
Black Christmas has rightly earned its place in horror history with its fast pace, disturbing story and famous set pieces. The cast is actually fantastic and includes 2001: A Space Odyssey’s Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Andrea Martin and Art Hindle. Clark keeps the tension high, peppers in some great humorous moments, and ratchets up the scares as the film builds to its iconic conclusion. This is definitely a must see holiday classic that simply must join your annual Christmas movie list, perhaps paired perfectly with Clark’s own A Christmas Story for the strangest yet most appropriate double feature ever.
The new Shout Factory Black Christmas Collector’s Edition features a new 2K transfer as well as the 2006 Critical Mass HD master, 3 audio commentaries, 2 new featurettes featuring Lynn Griffin and Art Hindle remembering the film, and tons of vintage special features from past editions including the 40th Anniversary panel from FanExpo 2014. Black Christmas is an essential horror film and an essential holiday film and is very highly recommended.