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Black Christmas (2006)

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On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.

Director:

Glen Morgan

Writers:

Glen Morgan (screenplay), Roy Moore
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Cassidy ... Kelli Presley (as Katie Cassidy)
Michelle Trachtenberg ... Melissa
Mary Elizabeth Winstead ... Heather Fitzgerald
Lacey Chabert ... Dana
Kristen Cloke ... Leigh Colvin
Andrea Martin ... Barbara 'Ms. Mac' MacHenry
Yan-Kay Crystal Lowe ... Lauren Hannon (as Crystal Lowe)
Oliver Hudson ... Kyle Autry
Karin Konoval ... Billy's Mother
Dean Friss Dean Friss ... Agnes - 16 & 22 Years
Robert Mann ... Billy Lenz - 20 & 35 Years
Jessica Harmon ... Megan Helms
Leela Savasta ... Clair Crosby
Kathleen Kole Kathleen Kole ... Eve Agnew
Cainan Wiebe ... Billy Lenz - 5 & 12 Years
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Storyline

In the 70's, the boy Billy is born with yellow skin due to a liver disease and his dysfunctional mother rejects him. Later he witnesses his mother and her lover killing his beloved father and burying him in the basement of their house, and he is locked in the attic alone along his childhood. When he is a teenager, he is sexually abused by his mother and she has a baby girl called Agnes. During Christmas, the deranged Billy escapes from his imprisonment, kills his mother and stepfather and blinds one eye of Agnes. He is declared insane and his sister is sent to an orphanage. In the present days, Billy escapes from the Clark Sanatorium to spend Christmas with his family. Meanwhile, his former house is the Delta Alpha Kappa sorority house in the campus of the Clement University, and the housemother and the sisters Kelli Presley, Dana, Lauren Hannon, Megan, Heather, Megan Helms, Melissa and Eve Agnew are preparing the house for Christmas party in a stormy night while Clair Crosby is in ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Silent Night Evil NIght See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong horror violence and gore, sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black X-Mas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,307,602, 24 December 2006

Gross USA:

$16,235,293
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Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Glen Morgan wanted either Margot Kidder or Andrea Martin (who were both in the Black Christmas (1974)) to play the house mother in this movie, to pay respect to the 1974 version. See more »

Goofs

Michelle Trachtenberg's character has her name spelled in the credits (M-e-l-i-s-s-a) differently from the way it appears on screen as part of a Caller ID (M-e-l-l-i-s-a). See more »

Quotes

Melissa Kitt: Happy Holidays!
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Crazy Credits

The final credits include the message "Goodbye, Shirley," in tribute to composer Shirley Walker, a frequent collaborator with director Glen Morgan. Walker passed away in November 2006, before "Black Christmas"' release. See more »

Alternate Versions

The European version features different and more violent kills and the complete hospital showdown has been re-cut completely.
  • In the European version Billy dies on an operating table as doctors try unsuccessfully to revive him.
  • Leigh (Kristen Cloke) is taken to the morgue to ID Agnes and finds Clair's (Leela Savasta's) remains in the body bag marked for Agnes. Leigh returns to Kelli's ('Katie Cassidy''s) room to find Agnes hiding in the bed pretending to be her. Agnes attacks Leigh and snaps her neck. Kelli returns from getting X-rays done, is attacked by Agnes and kills her by shocking her to death with a defibrillator.
  • Kelli is picked up by her parents and leaves the hospital and the camera zooms in on a PEACE ON EARTH sign hanging on a door.
  • In the US version Billy drops down through a ceiling tile after Agnes is killed and chases after Kelli. Kelli breaks the window to her room and runs out into the hallway with Billy close behind. He fights with her before ending up falling over a railing and being impaled on the star on top of a Christmas tree in the lobby below.
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We Wish You a Merry Christmas
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Violence and Gore
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Black Christmas (2006) uncut U.S. version

*** (out of 4)

Incredibly violent and rather trashy remake of Bob Clark's 1974 classic does what any remake should do; it offers us something new. The basic storyline is still in place but this remake goes for a totally different approach to the subject matter and with all the insane violence in this film it's really no wonder there was so much protest when this was released last Christmas. The story is pretty simply as a group of college girls are in their house and are eventually picked off one by one. There's no doubt that the 1974 version is a better made movie that features better director and better acting but style is not what this remake went for. Instead of style and atmosphere this remake gives us non-stop violence, which is so gory and over the top that you can help enjoy it on that level. Yes, there are many plot holes here as new characters are introduced by for a slasher film this pretty much delivers all the goods. The one interesting change to this film is that we see flashbacks of what happened to the killer when he was a child. At first I didn't know what these scenes were trying to do but they add to a few plot twists that make them worth watching. There are several references to the first film including the rocking chair and the attic as well as references to various other early slashers. The film also takes a very strong hatred feel towards religion and Christmas as there are several scenes talking bad about the two and other scenes where statues of Jesus are shown falling and various other things. I'm not sure how much of the violence made it into the theatrical version but this uncut version is pretty damn brutal with some incredibly graphic violence (including some to kids) and a sexual situation that I won't spoil since it's part of a plot change. Again, if you want a classy horror film then stick with the original. If you just want an old fashioned slasher with a pinch of a Euro giallo then this film is right up your alley.


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