Black Christmas is a horror fan favourite for the holidays. For those that can, catch it on Shudder right now! Sure beats whatever holiday plan someone else has made for you, or the lack of plans if that be the case. I’m not a total Scrooge, but this is not my best time of year. With an aversion to cold, having had more terrible holidays than good, and just generally disliking plastic platitudes any time of year I’m not cut out for this shit. That said, I love the look of snow on tree branches. A good latte never tastes better than it does when you have a few days off. Some decorations do look very pretty indoors and out. So it’s not all hell. And then sometimes, it is.
Many times in this review I say I feel for Billy. For all the times I’ve had a hard holiday, I’ve never been as bad off at the street involved or the untreated mentally ill. I’m not an invalid or shut-in, so I do feel pretty blessed just in that. Thinking about someone in Billy’s position and trying to understand how scary and lonely this time of year can be for someone entirely alone and shunned by society is something too many people ignore everyday and treat like a cancer around this time of year. It’s not all holly jolly. It’s not all silver bells. It never is. If more people thought about that at this time of year maybe there would be a little more pleasure found in being alive, having a roof over your head and food in the cupboard – instead of pounding around a mall and maxing out your cards to keep up with the sick status quo.
Okay, so that’s a rant and a half, but I can’t help but get very sad when watching a film like this. Or Psycho, or Hell House (which is a Christmas film by the way) or Maniac (another one) or any number of mad person horror films. And this time of year, those feelings just stick all together like cookies in a tin you put together while they were still warm then put the lid on instead of letting everything cool properly.
Anyhow, on with the show… description…
Wes writes far more fun show descriptions that I ever could.
“On today’s episode of the Dead Air Podcast we finally take a look at the grandfather of all slashers, the 1974 film; Black Christmas.
Jess and her sorority sisters are packing up and getting ready to head home for the holidays and not even a series of strange vulgar phone calls from a man named “Billy” can spoil their revelry. However, in this picturesque house a creature was stirring and the morning reveals one of the sorority sisters, Clare, has gone missing. Her father, boyfriend and closest friends can’t find any trace of her and with news of the disappearance of another local girl the police are just as baffled. Everyone’s a suspect as bodies pile up. Black Christmas gave the world the first true slasher. It’s a story of murder, mayhem and a tortured killer that’s closer than anyone could imagine.”
And have a safe and calm vacation, for those that have time off.