I'm watching it for the first time to celebrate the holiday.
It's not as good as I had always heard. After the first murder it takes the killer forever to kill everyone else. The best thing about it is the POV camera work (very innovative for its time given the limitations on technology), and the resence of so many famous performers (why were they all in it?): Margot Kidder (much fun), John Saxon, Keir Dullea, Olivia Hussey, and (of all people) Andrea Martin.
My husband and I watch it every Christmas. It's a little clunky, but fun.
Keir Dullea, gone tomorrow.
It is always my Xmas eve treat along with a double billing of Silent Night, Deadly Night!
[quote]It's not as good as I had always heard.
Just finished watching.
No way was I gonna look at this at night!
Liked it more than I thought I would, and it was creepy.
Sadly, now I know where they got a lot of the plot for When a Stranger Calls.
Actually, "When a Stranger Calls" was based on a true story.
I never understood who the killer was supposed to be...was there a twist ending I didn't get? Or is it supposed to be a mystery.
It's brilliant, super creepy (especially with that ending) and ahead of its time. It seemed like it set the way for future slashers like the best of them all, Halloween.
I'll never watch the recent remake, but I wish there were more alternative Christmas films like this, can't think of many Xmas horrors. I seem to remember in childhood one with a Santa with a gun terrorizing a shopping mall.
And I agree with R3, the wonderfully trashy Silent Night, Deadly Night is also great to watch at this time.
I also didn't understand who the killer was, and why his name was important. Anyone care to explain it?
I watched the newer one when it first came out, on Xmas. T'was pretty good. I haven't seen the original but now I want to.
You're not supposed to know who the killer was...that's part of what makes it so creepy.
What did Billy do to the baby?
Good movie, best if you saw it back in the days before it got over-hyped.
"You can't rape a townie."
"Why don't you go stick your tongue in a light socket, maybe that'll give you a charge!"
Margot Kidder as Barb, who gives beer to a 5 yr. old in this
The telephone calls are scary and used 4 actors' voices, good sound editing. And this was the first film to use "the calls are coming from inside the house" device. Funny 70s outfits, hoopy Andrea Martin. Director Bob Clark & his son were killed on the PCH a few years back by an idiot going the wrong direction. His treacly, overrated "A Christmas Story" is shown countless times and this one is rarely shown. Also directed "Porky's" - people assume he's Canadian because his films were shot there and he attained his first success there, but he was American. Also Susan Clark who appeared in "Porky's" & "Webster" is not his sister.
"Silent Night, Deadly Night" is the same movie as this, I think it was re-titled 2 times.
Found out it isn't the same movie as this one, and it has only one name I recognize, Linnea Quigley the Scream Queen of the 80s. But I do think one of the titles for "Black Xmas" was "Silent Night, Deadly Night". . have to look on imdb.
Yeah, it's too dated for me. The remake got horrible reviews, but when I finally saw it I didn't think it was that bad. I prefer it now. Andrea Martin returns, this time as the house mother.
I also like the remake of When A Stranger Calls better.
I love the original. Watch it every year. It's not quite Christmas without it.
I was only 10 years old when this came out, and R rated horror movies were off limits in so many ways those days...no vcrs, no cable, no dvds...the print ad was so creepy, which I believe was the victim in the rocking chair with the plastic bag wrapped around her head and a cat on her lap....
"Black Christmas" is ok, but not the horror classic many make it out to be. There's an exploitation flick called "Silent Night, Bloody Night" from 1974 (but filmed in '72) that's much creepier and fun. Plus, it's got an appearance from Candy Darling.
Watched it about 10 years ago with a friend. She had her door open because it was a balmy night. I asked her to close when the killers voice started on the phone. Sent chills through me. Very effective and creepy as hell. And horror films normally dont get to me.
Is there a transcript of the phone calls online anywhere?Those were the scariest part but you couldn't understand much of what was actually being said in the movie.
I'd like to stick my tongue up your pretty pussy, R14.
Can someone confirm that the phone calls are "explained" in the re-make?
I remember watching it when it premiered on network television on NBC's late movie on a Sunday night. Though heavily edited (I don't think I have ever seen it uncut) it scared the crap out of me.
R27 - yes, the remake gives Billy's backstory. In the same way Rob Zombie's version of Halloween gives Michael's backstory. In either case, it wasn't entirely necessary.
TCM aired Black Christmas 3 years ago, but I haven't seen it on TV since. They air the remake all the time.
Really, R30? It's on every year where I live. Mind you, it's Canada.
"Hoopy"? We're using Douglas Adams slang?
Thanks, R29. Thought I was losing it.
Just watched it for the second time.
One of the few truly creepy movies there is.
Especially the last 3 or 4 minutes.
This movie is awesome and as soon as my boring ass partner and his mom go to sleep I'm popping it in the Blu ray player. We watched the shitty-yet fun remake last night for laughs. Man was Oliver Hudson going through a carb-phase or what?
Classic scene - Margot Kidder yanking the chain of the police officer by telling him the exchange for the telephone number was "fellatio" and the clueless cop doesn't get it even when the other officer burst out laughing. Also shows how old the film is - telephone exchanges in the form or words hadn't been used since the 1960s. Way ahead of its time.
This movie scared the shit out of me when I first saw it when it first came out. I think it was on HBO. Back in the day they had a really good selection of current movies and no parental controls. I never want to see it again.