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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

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This Christmas, He'll Treat Them Like Family... See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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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:

$3,723,364, 31 December 2006

Gross USA:

$16,273,581

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,510,851
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michelle Trachtenberg and Katie Cassidy would go on to collaborate again on Gossip Girl (2007) and The Scribbler (2014). See more »

Goofs

When Ms. Mac is first telling the story of Billy, she eats a marshmallow that she just cooked in the fire. There is no way that the marshmallow and the tongs that just came out of the fire place wouldn't have burned her mouth. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Lenz: [hands her gift] Merry Christmas, Agnes.
Agnes - Age 8: [loud noises come from upstairs] Is that Santa's reindeer?
Mrs. Lenz: There's nothing up there. Now, do you want a Christmas cookie? You're my cookie, and I could gobble you up!
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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 unrated DVD adds the following scenes:
  • 1. There is an extra shot of Agnes under Clair's bed in the opening scene.
  • 2. When the security guard is killed in the nut house, there's an extra shot of Billy climbing up from under his bed, and another shot of blood dripping from the guard's neck.
  • 3. In Megan's death scene, there is an extra shot that shows the weapon Agnes stabs Megan with.
  • 4. The phone call scenes are more brutal.
  • 5. There's a completely new scene that shows Lauren's death.
  • In the scene, Billy and Agnes sneak into Lauren's room while Lauren's asleep.
  • Billy starts touching her under the covers and Lauren wakes up and she sees the glass unicorn on her nigh stand.
  • She tries to stab Billy with it, but nobody's there.
  • But then Agnes grabs Lauren by her throat and she stabs her with the unicorn in her eye. (off screen)
  • 6. When Kyle is killed, there is a little more blood gushing out of his head.
  • 7. At the ending, there is an extra shot of Leigh standing next to a closed door in the hospital hallway and we see Billy walking past it in the shadows, foreshadowing something bad is going to happen.
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Connections

Referenced in Black Christmas (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag
Written by Dudley Brooks (as Dudley A. Brooks), Hal Stanley (as Harold Stanley) and Irving Taylor
Performed by Kay Starr
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Goes down well with milk and cookies… kind of.
5 August 2009 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Boo these constant remakes filling modern horror features… well actually to tell the truth, for most part I actually didn't mind this recent remake (although some like to call these a re-imaginative) of the 1974 Canadian seasonal slasher 'Black Christmas', which was directed by Bob Clark. Don't get me wrong, as I do adore the original with it being one of my all-time favourite horror outings. I'm sure I will find myself in a very tiny minority, however this installment while inferior, remained mildly amusing, up until its bonkers last twenty minutes of silly revelations and one climax too many. The tone is a lot different, while the original was creepy and suspense driven with plenty of mystery behind the killer. On this occasion we get a considerably gruesome and unpleasant shocker (which can be a nasty piece of work), which goes on to over-explain the origin and motives in flashbacks of our killer… Billy. Still everything does have that one-dimensional feel (mainly surrounding the female victims) and the red herrings don't work because everything is shoved in your face that's its hard not to pick up. I liked the ambiguity the original went for, as for the remake I could live with the angle it headed for, but it didn't feel as unnerving as his character is painted out to be. The deaths scenes are over-the-top with its blood splatter and jolts, relating to a by-the-numbers body count formula of characters showing up to meet the meat grinder. The performances feel forced, due to a clash of (lacking) personalities and a rather self-knowing script. More time is spent delving into the billy character, than the girls. The headstrong cast featuring Katie Cassidy, Kristen Cloke, Michelle Trachtenberg, Crystal Lowe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert, Oliver Hudson and the lovely Andrea Martin give potent efforts even with their sketchy drawings. Director Glen Morgan (who also penned the overdone and contrived screenplay) adapts a shinny gloss to the visuals, capturing the neon lighting with a stylish colour scheme of the festive season, but also asserting a bleakly cold winter backdrop and an underlining darkness of impending doom. His pacing is quite spot on, with curious camera angles showing up and a clunky score that's a bit too much with the simple Christmas carols working out better. Overcooked, but a reasonably lukewarm sled ride.


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