Black Christmas (2006)
"This holiday season, the slay ride begins. "An escaped maniac returns to his childhood home on Christmas Eve, which is now a sorority house, and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one. A remake of the 1974 horror movie,
Should have called it Silent Night, Deadly Night 6
After finally seeing the original for the first time and after seeing
the trailer for this film I was more than a little excited to see it.
Even the negative reviews couldn't keep me from seeing it on the big
screen. To my dismay the film was not all that great. Even on it's own
merits it was just an OK popcorn horror movie, but nothing more.
Everyone knows about the re-shoots, and so naturally I hoped for a
Director's Cut DVD so that we could all see the film that Glen Morgan
intended to make. Sadly that hasn't happened, yet, but we did get an
Un-rated version and after seeing it my opinion has changed...a little.
Pros: Moves at a decent pace most of the time. The kills are abundant,
intense, and gory. The acting is quite good, especially when
considering what little the actors had to work with. Some twisted
humor. The film looks polished and most of it is shrouded in darkness,
giving the film a spooky feeling. An interesting back-story. An
exciting climax. The sight of carnage with Christmas decorations and
music in the background should warm the hearts of horror fans
everywhere. The filmmakers do a good job of not making this a xerox
copy of the original.
Cons: Lacks good scares and suspense. Also lacks character development
and some of the characters are unlikeable. Pace drags in a few spots.
There are signs of re-shooting. Though the back-story is interesting
it's also not necessary and makes the killer less scary. Some plot
Final thoughts: This remake of the beloved 1974 film has more in common
with the Silent Night, Deadly Night series than the original. That's
not to say it isn't a fun watch, but it's in a completely different
league than the original. That film is subtle, suspenseful, and has
depth, whereas this remake is tacky, gory, and brainless. Not that I
don't like that, but this is supposed to be a remake of classic! To be
fair, word has it that the producers called for re-shoots and more
editing, which may explain some of the film's faults. Overall, a good
popcorn movie, but nothing more.
My rating: 3/5
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