I watched this movie for the first time last night. I agree that it is the first real slasher film that helped pave the way for John Carpenter's Halloween. The suspense is great and the mystery behind it all and the atmosphere is what makes it good.
Now reading yall's comments on the remake is reminiscent of the reviews I read on Amazon. The reviews for Black Christmas 1974 are very positive but the remake the reviews take a nose dive toward the negative as negative outway the positive by a long shot. I doubt I'll have motivation to watch the remake as I have had a tendancy to avoid them like the plague anyway. People of this new generation should have more motivation to view the classics instead of thinking this junk that is remade now from classics "are the real deal". A load of gore and foul language does not make a great horror film. It's movies like THIS that help make a great horror film regardless of what year it is!
Post by Zombified Jeremy on Dec 22, 2009 23:36:41 GMT -5
One doesn't necessarily have to like a classic or influential horror film, but it is necessary to not deny what it did for the genre.
I watched this again recently and the phone calls still creep me out
It still baffles me that despite the fact that the boyfriend was dead, the killer was still in the attic and the phone calls were still coming, it is possible to think that said boyfriend was the killer, as his body would have been removed by the police and some reanimation would have had to take place.
For all intents and purposes, Bob Clark has the same authority that Malek Akkad has to say what is and isn't canon for the movie, so just as they can officially ignore three movies, Clark can say who is and isn't the killer.
I watched this again and I must say I love it each time. Bob Clark nailed it with this one. So strange he is the same guy who did the movie "Christmas story" you'll shoot your eye out! Would have never suspected it was the same director. Epic man!
Post by SleepawayCamp661 on Nov 12, 2012 21:25:13 GMT -5
I can't say enough good things about this film. The atmosphere was there just everything from the damn creepy phone calls to the POV shoots of Billy walking throughout the attic and creeping through the house just gives you a unsettling feel. I might get alot of criticism for saying this but I personally think this is a better more effective film then Halloween. Don't get me started on the complete garbage remake though. The original is a classic that I look forward to watching every holiday season *RIP Bob Clark*