Black Christmas (2019)

Black Christmas (2019)

Black Christmas (2019)

Imogen Poots stars in this Blumhouse remake of the 1974 Canadian slasher flick. Shot at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

As Hawthorne College quietens down for the Christmas holidays, sorority girls start to be killed one by one by an unknown stalker. But rather than become hapless victims, the remaining girls resolve to square off against the killer.

2019Rating: TBC92 minsUSA
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Black Christmas (2019) / Reviews

Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

Naturally, qualms are raised about the dubious reputation of the university’s 19th-century founder ('He owned slaves – in the North!'). Naturally, too, there are protests afoot against the resident conservative literature professor (Cary Elwes), an amalgam of culture warrior Jordan Peterson and Giles from Buffy who quotes Camille Paglia and smirkingly defends his choice to teach an all-male canon. All this threatens to veer towards the heavy-handed, but there's enough wit to make it work.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

But if the 2019 "Black Christmas" is not nearly as chilling as the original, it is genuinely barbed as gender satire, and it cleverly pre-empts obvious outrage.

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IGN

IGN

Blended brilliantly, this remake of Black Christmas makes for holiday horror that's a tantalising and terrifying treat.

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IGN

IGN

Blended brilliantly, this remake of Black Christmas makes for holiday horror that's a tantalising and terrifying treat.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

[Black Christmas] mostly feels personal and urgent thanks to some atmospheric scare scenes and some sharp dialogue that reflect the world outside the movie theatre in ways that most other studio-distributed horror films don't.

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Time Out

Time Out

It's a movie made for a syllabus, not to entertain.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The second attempt to resurrect the 1974 campus-set horror is a well-intentioned yet ultimately unconvincing modernisation.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Unfortunately, Takal's Black Christmas is far more ordinary, a blunt object in a fight demanding either sharp knives or explosives.

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Variety

Variety

An innovative if at times crudely diverting fright flick in which the heroines, and the villains as well, are all playing their part in a larger scheme.

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