Not everyone is into the holly, jolly cheer of a traditional holiday movie. For those people, there are alternatives, and few holiday movies are more alternative than Black Christmas. Directed by Bob Clark of A Christmas Story fame (a movie that has its share of horrific moments), the 1974 Canadian slasher has become a bona fide cult classic. This December, director Sophia Takal and co-writer April Wolfe will introduce a new generation of cinephiles to yuletide terror with a timely remake featuring an excellent ensemble led by Imogen Poots (Green Room). For this edition of Birth.Video.Death, we spoke with Wolfe about the original Black Christmas, Clark's influences, and how she and Takal updated the classic for a new era.
Black Christmas also stars Lily Donoghue, Aleyse Shannon, Brittany O'Grady, and Cary Elwes, and hits theaters on December 13. Here's the official synopsis:
Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood.
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.
As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes). Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims.