Thursday, December 22, 2016

Repugnant Review: Black Christmas (1974) - Bob Clark

Everyone I've ever asked when it came to watching classic holiday horror films, always told me to watch the original Black Christmas. This one has eluded me for years, not because I couldn't find a copy of it, but mostly due to the fact that I was turned off by the remake. But that was teenaged Jake, the young ignorant pleb of a horror fan, and to make up for it, I finally took the opportunity to make it a part of my Repugnant Christmas marathon. Directed by Bob Clark, written by Roy Moore, and starring the beautiful Olivia Hussey, this movie has been a cult hit amongst horror fans for 42 years. I'm almost ashamed for putting this on the back burner, because this was actually a very good movie!

To make up a small a synopsis for the film: A group of sorority girls are stalked and murdered by a deranged psychopath that's been hiding in the attic of the house on Christmas break. Yup, a nut job escaped the nut house, snuck into the sorority house (later you find that he used to live in the house), and calls the women in the house, leaving creepy messages and eventually killing them. It's definitely more atmospheric than an all out slasher fest, almost like John Carpenter's Halloween mixed with a classic giallo movie. I'd consider myself a gore hound, but with the lack of blood, came a great story, great performances, and a truly creepy setting for any horror fan to love. Olivia Hussey was fantastic, and how could I forget the great John Saxon (Nightmare on Elm Street), he was just too cool, and their is a scene in there where he and his cop buds laugh about another member of the force for not knowing what "fellatio" was. It was played out perfectly, and I even laughed. This also had a very cool twist ending that really leaves you hanging, but I'd hate to spoil it for you. Only dicks and wikipedia are good for that.

I honestly really enjoyed this, and now I got to say that it'll be apart of my Repugnant Christmas marathon for future years to come. If you weren't swayed by the remake that came out 10 years ago, give this a watch. It was like a breath of fresh air compared with the blood soaked remake, and it just further proves that you don't need 100 gallons of gore to make a fun and interesting horror movie (SHAME ON MY TEENAGED SELF). Let me know what you think!


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