Feminist Horror in Black Christmas

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A essay on the new feminist horror movie "Black Christmas", (2019).

Horror movies as a genre are known to be recycled yearly. From the early 1920's, to the 1930's monster movies of Universal Pictures, to the 1940's, cinema goers were thrilled by "Frankenstein", (1931), to "The Wolf Man", (1941), in black and white. By the 1950's, there was a more Science Fiction themed monsters like The Blob, (1958). By nineteen sixty, there was "Psycho", (1960), that had a gay killer in Norman Bates, (played by Anthony Perkins), in a Motel off the beaten track. It was based on the 1959 novel by Robert Bloch. By 1974, in Canada, producer/ director Bob Clark directed "Black Christmas", written by A. Roy Moore. The tale of a group of sorority girls who are attacked by a killer during the festive season. It starred Margot Kidder, Olivia Hussey, Art Hindle, and Keir Dullea. Its themes of abortion, scandal, and death, revolved in the Killer in the attic Urban Legend. In America, it was released as "Silent Night, Evil Night". With its mix of humour, and horror Clark created a classic to outdo his previous movie "People shouldn't play with Dead Things", (1972); and "Deathdream", (1974), (both zombie movies), with actor, writer, director Alan Ormsby.


The 2006 re-make of "Black Christmas", (directed by Glen Morgan), failed at the Box Office. The new version of "Black Christmas", (2019), directed, and co-written by Sophia Takal, and co-written by April Wolfe, and produced by Jason Blum, is a feminist horror movie, (with references to the late Bob Clark's 1974 cult classic). In the movie, Riley, (Imogen Poots), suffers from an attack by a fraternity brother, and has nightmares. All of her sorority sisters vow revenge on the boys who are under the guidence of Professor Gelson, (Cary Elwes). There's Kris, (Aleyse Shannon), a radical African-American sorority sister who hates all boys; Marty, (Lily Donahue); and Jesse, (Brittany O'Grady). During a musical number, they rant about the fraternity brothers bad behavior, and it sets up for a war of the sexes. Riley makes friends with a African-American fraternity brother Landon, (Caleb Eberhardt), who hates his brothers. 


"Black Christmas" is an important movie to see. Other anti-male books like "The Power", Naomi Alderman, (2016), also create a sense of feminist attacks on men. The use of technology creates a 21st Century feel to the actors. Lastly, the movie is well directed, written, and made by women who will become famous in the next movies they make in the future. Sophia Takal, and April Wolfe are names to watch in the coming years. 

Movie: 4 stars. 

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Submitted: December 12, 2019

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Robert Helliger

Norman Bates was psycho, I agree. This is my first article on Booksie from the feminism part of "Black Christmas", (2019); I went back to other horror movies of the past to go in-depth about the past, before I wrote about the new film.
Thanks for the feedback A S Cooper.
Have a Merry Christmas, and thanks for reading, and commenting on the article.

Thu, December 12th, 2019 9:05pm

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