One of the most influential horror films of all time is 1974’s Black Christmas. Based on a popular urban legend, Christmas helped usher in the slasher films of today, including John Carpenter’s Halloween, and made the careers of Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder. The film has been forgotten in the annals of history, with the exception of a 2006 flop of a remake. But as new voices rise in Hollywood, and producers like Jason Blum wisely give them carte blanche, the film may finally get its due, thanks to a modern day retelling from director Sophia Takal and film critic-turned-screenwriter April Wolfe.
Hawthorne College is your average university. However, things go horribly wrong when an unknown stalker finds his way inside the sorority house over the holiday break and begins picking off the girls one by one. However, what the killer doesn’t know is that these girls are aware of his schemes, and are willing to put up a fight – by any means necessary.
Based on suggestions from Wolfe herself, I will be avoiding this trailer until the film’s release. I want to go in fresh and horrified, just like the director intended. But on paper, this is a pretty impressive production. Both Takal and Wolfe have a firm understanding of horror and a unique vision, and a cast that includes Imogen Poots, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue, and Cary Elwes (presumably as the killer) is nothing to sneeze at. This is definitely a can’t-miss for fans of horror. Black Christmas will be released December 13th (Friday the 13th…), and you can watch the trailer below.