‘Tis the season for a festive fright flick and horror specialist Blumhouse has delivered an all-new version of the 1974 classic, Black Christmas.
Often credited with inventing the slasher film four years before John Carpenter’s Halloween, the seminal original was reimagined in 2006 to mixed response from horror fans, while this latest iteration is a remake in name only. The premise remains consistent – a group of sorority sisters are stalked by a killer – but has been updated as a girl-powered assault on toxic fraternity culture.
Riley (Imogen Poots) and her friends are preparing for the Christmas break when they begin receiving threatening text messages. After one of the sisters is killed with an icicle, and Riley witnesses a strange fraternity ritual, it becomes apparent there’s a conspiracy afoot involving a dark brotherhood committed to upholding the archaic and misogynist values of the college’s late founder.
Director and co-writer Sophia Takal’s take on this horror classic is a post-#MeToo statement on gender politics wrapped up as a slasher movie. Teenaged girls will find plenty to cheer here, and while horror fans might cry ‘bah humbug’ over the lack of blood and gore, they’ll be pleased that the two staples of Black Christmas – a glass unicorn bust and suffocation by plastic bag – are present and correct.
Ultimately, Black Christmas is the perfect date movie for those who don’t fancy watching Khaleesi and the guy from Crazy Rich Asians cuddle up in Last Christmas.
In cinemas: December 12, 2019
Starring: Imogen Poots, Cary Elwes, Lily Donoghue
Directed by: Sophia Takal