A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
User Reviews: ***Historical slasher with John Saxon, Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder*** rnrnIt’s the Christmas season at a sorority house in the Northeast wherein an ambiguous psycho hiding in the attic makes crank calls to the girls and slays them one-by-one. John Saxon plays the local detective.rnrn“Black Christmas” (1974) obviously influenced “Halloween” (1978), e.g. the closet scene, but was influenced itself by psycho slasher flicks like “Psycho” (1960), “Dementia 13” (1963) and “Silent Night, Bloody Night” (1972).rnrnHonestly, the 2006 remake has a more absorbing story which, to me, is the best indicator of a quality movie. This version is dull by comparison, particularly the first half, but it picks up steam in the second. And the open-ended climax is interesting. rnrnBut I strongly prefer the female cast in the remake; they’re just all-around superior IMHO. Of course Olivia Hussey is attractive in this rendition, albeit cold, and Lynne Griffin as Clare is winsome, although her part is small. Andrea Martin (Phyl) comes across as a shorter version of Cher with short, curly hair. Unfortunately, Margot Kidder as Barb is one of the most obnoxious characters in cinema, a real turn-off (so is Mrs. Mac, but less so). Thankfully, Barb’s only prominent through the first half.rnrnThe film runs 1 hour, 38 minutes, and was shot in Toronto.rnrnGRADE: C+/B-

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