"Malcolm in the Middle"

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,
Katie Cassidy Kelli Presley
Michelle Trachtenberg Melissa
Kristen Cloke Leigh Colvin
Mary Elizabeth Winstead Heather Fitzgerald
Lacey Chabert Dana
Andrea Martin Barbara 'Ms. Mac' MacHenry
Crystal Lowe Lauren Hannon
Oliver Hudson Kyle Autry
Karin Konoval Billy's Mother
Dean Friss Agnes - 16 & 22 Years
Robert Mann Billy Lenz - 20 & 35 Years
Jessica Harmon Megan Helms
Leela Savasta Clair Crosby
Kathleen Kole Eve Agnew
Cainan Wiebe Billy Lenz - 5 & 12 Years
Christina Crivici Agnes - 8 Years
Howard Siegel Lover / Stepfather
Peter Wilds Frank Lenz
Ron Selmour Security Guard
Michael Adamthwaite Santa
Peter New Sanitarium Orderly
Christian Sloan Richard Steinmetz
Alycia Purrott Candy Striper
Juan Riedinger Morgue Attendant
Aaron Pearl Bludworth
Peggy Logan Nurse
Jill Teed News Reporter
Peggy Jo Jacobs Weathergirl
Jerry Wasserman Medical Examiner
Derek McIver Orderly
Evan Adams Doctor
Jody Racicot Attendant
Anne Marie Loder Kelli's Mother (as Anne Marie DeLuise)
Greg Kean Kelli's Father
Kent Kubena Reindeer
Wendy Buss Security (uncredited)
Producer: Marty Adelstein,Marc Butan,Steven Hoban,Glen Morgan,Dawn Parouse,Victor Solnicki,James Wong
Writer: Glen Morgan,Roy Moore
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 holes.

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

Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 5
Imdb rating: 4.4
Musician: Shirley Walker
Running time: 84 min / 94 min (unrated version)
Subtitles: Svenska
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Last modified: 2008-01-02 22:37:27