CHRISTMAS MOVIE COUNTDOWN #24: Black Christmas (1974)

The Christmas movie countdown is our way of sharing the movies that get us in the festive mood, every day until xmas (kinda like an advent calender, minus the chocolate, sorry)

From the director of A Christmas Story, Bob Clark, also comes another Christmas movie– Black Christmas. Oh, but don’t let that fool you, for this completely different and disturbing slasher horror is not exactly the movie you’d want to watch with your whole family on Christmas eve – you’ll probably spill all your hot chocolate while watching this horrifying tale that tells of a psychopath that hides out in the attic of a sorority house and leaves creepy and vile phone calls for the girls. The mysterious creep continues to taunt the girls and then later that night, murders one of them by suffocating her to death with a plastic garment bag. Yet the anonymous killer doesn’t stop there and continues to kill the other girls and even the sorority mother in brutal and frightening ways. What a great way to get you in the Christmas spirit right??


Black Christmas is also often recognized as the origin of slasher films in the horror genre. Although this film may not be the cheeriest movie to watch during the holidays, it is entertaining with its genuinely likable group of girls and occasional moments of dark comedy.



Considering the film revolves around a group of sorority sisters, it evidently does pass the Bechdel test with ease. Furthermore, unlike many horror movie protagonists, rather than having the innocent, virginal female lead, the protagonist, Jess (Olivia Hussey aka Juliet Capulet) is pregnant and strong-willed. Wanting to have an abortion, she stands up against her boyfriend who tell her that she can’t have one, and reminds him of all the things she’s ever wanted to do in her life and how she isn’t ready to give up on them yet and that he can’t tell her what she can and can’t do because ultimately, she’s the one who gets to make the calls. You go girl.

By Rena

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