In 1974 the holiday themed slasher Black Christmas, now considered a cult classic, follows a group of sorority girls who begin getting receive anonymous, lascivious phone calls on Christmas break. While they are creepy, the girls brush the whole thing off, assuming it’s just a bad joke. However, things take a very dark turn when one of the girls goes missing and it turns out this mysterious caller is much closer then everyone realizes.
In 2006 2929 Entertainment gave this vintage horror flick a reboot. It was…okay at best. I’d be generous and give it a solid 6/10. It follows the same story though it’s gorier (maybe too gory) and provides us an insane backstory for our killer. On Thursday, Blumhouse not only announced they would be giving Black Christmas another reboot, but that it would be directed by Sophia Takal, the first female director to direct a Blumhouse theatrical release. Which is really cool.
While this Black Christmas won’t be released for another six months, we actually know all the juicy details. The film will be co-written by Takal and April Wolfe and will star Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O’Grady, Lily Donoghue and Caleb Eberhardt. It’s also been confirmed to film in New Zealand and is set to debut December 13th – which is a Friday!
Stay tuned for a deep dive on the the trailer when it’s released. I am very excited for this remake. While it isn’t the best movie out there, the 2006 Black Christmas was one of the first horror movies that really sparked my infatuation enough to big deeper into horror genre. The whole “the call is coming from inside the house” shtick was mind blowing to a 11 year old. With some high exceptions, all I can do now is cross my fingers and hope they’re able to do the original justice. Considering how well they did with Halloween, I have a good feeling about this one.