Black Christmas (1974)

‘Tis the season… to be scared shitless by Bob Clark’s underappreciated classic. I’ve seen this movie probably about 10 times in the last 15 years, and it still gets under my skin every time. A true, true classic that hasn’t lost its impact despite the 45 years that have passed since its release.

Pop Culture Thoughts

Bob Clark’s slasher is widely considered the first of its kind by horror aficionados, even pre-dating John Carpenter’s “Halloween” by several years, and it’s that lack of blueprint that makes the movie all the more interesting. After all, in “Halloween,” Laurie Strode is the virginal “goody-two-shoes” who set the blueprint for decades of “final girls” in countless slashers since, but here, Olivia Hussey’s Jess is nothing like that: She’s responsible, yes, but she’s also an active college student, pregnant and planning on having an abortion, and ready to break up with her longtime boyfriend over his demands that she change her life path after his circumstances change. It’s a riveting thing to watch a slasher, in particular one from the 1970s, that does something rare in many horror movies: It treats its female characters like complicated, multi-dimensional people with thoughts, anxieties and feelings of their own that supersede their gender…

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      1. Btw thanks for the C.R.A.Z.Y. recommendation, I finally saw it yesterday and ive been thinking about it nonstop, honestly it could have been my own story, right down to the chronic asthma, the legally declared dead a few times thing, the music, etc. My husband was like, did they Truman Show you and make a narrative out of it?? haha

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      2. It’s a great movie, isn’t it? I cried. I laughed. It made me angry. It made me sad. It made me happy. At the end of the movie I felt like I had taken this incredibly painful but illuminating journey. Above all, it gave me a better understanding of, and respect for, the LGBT community. I’m glad to know that you liked it as much as I did. 🙂

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      3. I can totally see that, to be honest it gave me more empathy for gay people living in the 70s/80s. I think those eras have been romanticized in pop culture for years now and it’s easy to forget how horrible life was for LGBTQs then. Weird how a movie can sort things out in your mind and make you realize things eh? That’s the power of movies I guess 🙂

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