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Sorority sisters are hunted by a crazed killer in black christmasa remake of the cult classic 1974 slasher film.

The phone calls (and texts) may be coming from within as a killer chases a group of sorority sisters in the first trailer for black christmasdirected by Sophia Takal (best known for directing an episode of Into the dark), who also co-wrote the script with April Wolfe. The original 1974 black christmas is widely regarded by film historians as one of the first slasher films.

(Some spoilers for original movie and 2006 remake below.)

Original screenwriter A. Roy Moore was influenced by the infamous urban legend about the babysitter and the man above, as well as a series of vacation murders in Montreal, Quebec. While the film received mostly mediocre reviews, it proved modestly profitable at the box office, and has amassed a strong cult following over the years. Director John Carpenter was reportedly inspired by: black christmas when he made 1978 Halloween† Sure, it’s a typical slasher movie, but you could do worse for gory alternative vacation rates if you’re in the mood for that sort of thing. In addition to the occasional humorous touches, there are some really shocking twists, including an intentionally ambiguous ending (we never learn the killer’s identity, for example). Unfortunately, the 2006 remake had none of those redeeming qualities.

This latest remake is clearly going for wakefulness. According to the official synopsis:

Hawthorne College is quiet for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters — athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon) and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady) — prepare to decorate the halls with a series of seasonal parties. , a stalker in a black mask starts killing sororities one by one. As the death toll mounts, Riley and her team begin to wonder if they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta male friend, Nate (Simon Mead), Riley’s newfound crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt), or even the esteemed classic instructor. Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes). Whoever the killer is, he is about to discover that the young women of this generation will not be anyone’s victims.

Frankly, I find the term “beta male” horrifying in just about any context, and if you’re all about girls in your marketing, at least keep in mind the possibility that the killer could be a woman. The trailer itself covers fairly standard terrain. The sisters throw a winter break party and soon someone wonders aloud if they should have let their friend Helena walk home alone. The sisters think it will be all right.

But this is a slasher movie, so Helena naturally gets into a fight with the killer, who knocks her out with a handy icicle. Then the creepy phone calls and texts kick in, and finally we get to the iconic statement, “Someone’s in the house!”

The “fresh twist” seems to be a long tradition of ritual sacrifice at Hawthorne College. “This school has 200 years of history,” we hear Professor Gelson explain. “Many sacrifices have been made to keep our traditions alive.” And of course, the surviving sisters decide they’d rather not be sacrificial lambs and choose to fight back. I’m honestly skeptical that this remake can do justice to the original. But Blumhouse Productions has a decent track record with horror, so I’m inclined to give the film a shot to convince me.

black christmas is scheduled for release on December 13, 2019 (a Friday, of course).

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By akfire1

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