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Dec 4, 2017

December has arrived and this week I kick off Scary Christmas! Every week I'll highlight a Christmas themed horror film along with my normal review. This week it's Bob Clark's Black Christmas and then I move into my review of 2015's period piece, The Witch.

Black Christmas (1974)
Director: Bob Clark
Writers: Roy Moore
Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder
Synopsis: During a festive Yuletide party, a group of sorority sisters receive a creepy call from someone who claims he’s going to kill them all. The girls soon realize the threats were serious, when one by one, they each fall prey to the mysterious maniac. After directing two relatively ignored horror flicks which later became cult classics (CHILDREN SHOULDN’T PLAY WITH DEAD THINGS & DEATHDREAM), a Christmas miracle made Bob Clark’s 1974 classic a hit. A huge influence on John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, BLACK CHRISTMAS is frequently credited with helping spawn the slasher subgenre.
Available on Shudder, ShowTime, and Blu-Ray from Shout Factory

The Witch
Written by: Robert Eggers
Directed by: Robert Eggers
Stars:  Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Synopsis: New England, 1630: William and Katherine try to lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassible wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. 'The Witch' is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own sins, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.

 

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