I'm continuing my countdown to Halloween covering scary, creepy and Halloween-appropriate Christmas entertainments.
1974's Black Christmas stands out as a classic horror movie. For one thing, it is an early film in the Christmas horror genre. It is also noteworthy in that it is directed by Bob Clark, who directed the 1983 holiday classic A Christmas Story. How come Black Christmas never airs in a 24-hour marathon each Christmas Eve? I'm looking at you, Chiller Network!
|Jess, the phone's for you!|
|Margot Kidder as the bitchy Barb and Olivia Hussey as Jess|
But the thrill in watching Black Christmas today is in the rarely imitated, open ended conclusion of the story. The film ends before the killer is caught! This terrifying lack of completion also means viewers are left to speculate just who is this serial killer and why is he doing what he does--making the imagined far more scary than the usual tying up of loose story ends with a complete explanation provided in most other horror films. There is speculation amongst this film’s fans concerning its legacy and the extent of influence this film has had on the slasher genre. Many claim it as the inspiration for 1978’s better remembered Halloween and its tremendous success.
|Andrea Martin as Phyl in 1974|
|left: Martin as Ms. MacHenry in 2006|
|You better not pout, you better not cry....|
Which version of Black Christmas do you prefer? And, would your family watch a 24-hour holiday marathon of Black Christmas airing on television?