Since I've been doing this Christmarathon, I've noticed that 99% of Christmas movies fall into four main categories: Adaptations or pastiches of A Christmas Carol, stories about dysfunctional families that come together over the holidays, movies about Santa Clause, and horror movies. I don't get it. Are these films for people who love horror movies and just want an excuse to see one in December? Or are they for people who hate Christmas and want to see somebody dressed as Santa either commit murder or get murdered? All in all, I'm not a fan of this genre of films. But if I had to pick one to watch, the 2006 version of Black Christmas wasn't bad.
I'm not going to say it was good, however. It was just as good as a movie can be about a deranged serial killer stalking a group of sorority girls on Christmas Eve. Pretty stupid, but it was done pretty well. The film had a good sense of humor and had some good scares. It was pretty gory and had some good kills, if you're into that sort of thing, but some of them were a little too Christmasy (somebody actually gets impaled by a Christmas Tree, and another guy gets stabbed in the throat with a candy cane).
There's also lots of pretty girls, which is par for the course for this type of film. Lacey Chabert is always fun to watch, and the rest of the cast members were likable and charming and cute too. Michelle Trachtenberg, however, is just a horrible actor. She seemed bored and uncomfortable throughout the entire movie, and she read all of her dialogue in a dry monotone. Pretty girl, bad actress.
Oh, and Andrea Martin (of SCTV fame) makes an appearance. I'm glad to see she's still working. She's always good.
So... Black Christmas. It is as advertised, and I find it hard to believe anybody who knows what it's about could feel let down after renting it. If you want to watch a movie like Citizen Kane (or even Citizen Ruth), you're not going to enjoy this. But if all you want is a Christmas slasher movie where a bunch of cute girls get killed on Christmas, this will definitely be on your nice list. (Uggh).