Released in 1974, the original BLACK CHRISTMAS is noted as one of the earliest slasher films and to this day is a cult classic among fans of the genre. The story — based on a Canadian urban legend — centers on a group of sorority sisters who receive threatening phone calls and are eventually stalked and murdered by a deranged killer during Christmas break.
This holiday season, horror studio Blumhouse Productions is reviving BLACK CHRISTMAS for modern audiences, with a few major twists. We'll be careful not to spoil the new movie as we discuss these details below.
First, let's start with the similarities. The new BLACK CHRISTMAS also centers on a group of sorority sisters who are being picked off one by one by a mysterious, masked stalker. But instead of receiving threatening phone calls, they get ominous chat messages from an account named after the founder of Hawthorne College.
Also in line with the original, the stalker quietly commits multiple murders inside the sorority house, only to have the survivors discover the bodies later. But that's pretty much where the parallels stop.
The Blumhouse team approached the updated script with a decisive purpose, beyond just to scare people. From the beginning, it's clear BLACK CHRISTMAS is a social commentary on modern feminism and the fight against deep-rooted misogyny. There's a lot of satire involved with the brothers of a nearby fraternity and a sexist professor (Cary Elwes), who is being petitioned by students to be fired.
But what may surprise audiences most is that the story depends on a supernatural element, which is entirely new to the story. You will have to wait to find out the full impact of that detail, but we will tell you that as a result there is more than one killer this time around. And unlike the ambiguous ending of the original BLACK CHRISTMAS, the remake concludes with a bang that leaves no questions unanswered.
BLACK CHRISTMAS is not exactly your typical holiday movie, but there's plenty to celebrate about the film, which stars Imogen Poots — who is phenomenal and a total badass as Riley — alongside Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue and Brittany O'Grady. The revamped horror movie opens today, so get your tickets at AMC now!