Black Christmas (2019)

I rewatched this one over the weekend to officially welcome the holiday season into my home, and found that it’s even better the second time around. Just so angry, righteous and bold, I absolutely adore it. It’s obvious that the low budget and PG-13 rating hamstring the climax which is a shame, but everything else is *chef’s kiss*.

Pop Culture Thoughts

At first glance, a second “Black Christmas” remake sounds like just about the most unnecessary movie to make. However, as the movie progresses, it becomes an excitingly subversive slasher unlike anything else that’s come out. This is a feminine movie through and through: Not only are the director and screenwriter female, but the main characters are all independent-minded, supportive girlfriends who genuinely care about each other from beginning to end. As the admittedly bat-shit plot unfurls, it becomes clear that this is less a straightforward narrative and more of a parable come to celluloid life: The entire thing is a forceful, brazen and bold re-imagining of the original movie’s blueprint, updated not only for the technological advancements that have come since the 1970s (for instance, the sorority sisters are threatened via Direct Messages instead of the telephone, and there’s an obvious parallel to the online harassment that women are often…

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