Nach 40 Minuten, die der Film braucht um Fahrt aufzunehmen, wird der Kult-Horror-Slasher richtig spannend, fesselnd und gut. Nicht alle Aspekte und Szenen sind gut gealtert, hier und da hätte er blutiger ausfallen dürfen und er kann für mich auch nicht mit den (späteren) Größen des Genres mithalten, dennoch ist Black Christmas sowohl unterhaltsam als auch sehenswert und ist für Genrefans ein absolutes Muss! 7/10
Wins already, as the rare slasher film I can (mostly) shamelessly enjoy without flagrantly compromising all my values. I'm so no longer willing to put in the work to rationalize away my cognitive dissonance at problematic (misogynistic etc) tropes being exploited on screen, so... Won't turn this down! The phone stacks & Ineffectual Cop stock gags are hilariously of the time. Margot Kidder is a goddamn delight! 3.5
29/100 (Hakikaten korkunç bir film. 1) Evde yaşayıp kaybolan iki insan var. Gerekirse 30 cm'lik çekmeceleri açıp bakması gereken polisler çatı katını kontrol etmiyor hahahaha. Katil evi kamp olarak kullanıyor. 2) Evde katil olduğu için kaçması söylenen kız katilin üzerine tek başına gidiyor. 3) 10 km uzaklıktaki yurta kablo çekiliyor. 4) Bir çok ceset, şok yaşayan kız olan evden polisler 5 dk'da ayrılıyor... Komik.)
2-3. There's apparently a lot of debate over whether this, Psycho, or Texas Chainsaw was the start of the Slasher genre, but at least stylistically, I think I see more of the DNA of this one in the genre as it was in the 70s and onward than I do the other two, the killer phone calls, the floating killer POV cam, the killer mostly being offscreen, etc. A lot of Scream's DNA seems to come from it, surprisingly.
The first-half of Black Christmas is actually intriguing. No chit-chat, no waiting. This movie showed us the killer is in action and a few minutes later a murder occurred. The next thing is we will curious who is the killer and what his motive. I think that the middle part of this movie seems lost its direction. Sometimes I feel bored. In my opinion it lacks of thrill. But the climax is good and I love that ending...
Pre-dating 1978's Halloween by four years, Black Christmas may well have been responsible for establishing the stylistic foundations for John Carpenter's seminal slasher. The dialogue and performances are far greater than we've come to expect from films of this type and the scenes from the point of view of the killer are genuinely frightening even today. A masterpiece of the genre and criminally underappreciated.
One of the first "slashers". The camerawork in this was awesome. The phone calls are genuinely creepy, as is the fact that we never get to know who the killer is, let alone even see him. While the gorehound in me desired more from the murders, this is a testament to true horror.
Proto-slasher that astonishingly seems to address all the misogyny that will come to haunt that genre. Effective for its realism, eerie tone and well rounded characters. Also quite relevant (detective in phone stacks aside) with threatened men taunting vocal independent women through anonymous media. Creepy and unique as a result of its understated tone.