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Black Christmas

Black Christmas

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 1 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: May All Your Christmases be Black: A Filmmakers Journey – Featurette; What have you done?: The remaking of Black Christmas – Featurette; Deleted Scenes; Alternative Ending.

GLEN Morgan has a half-decent pedigree as a horror creator, given that he wrote and produced some of the most memorable X-Files episodes as well as Final Destinations 1 and 3.

Sadly, Black Christmas, a crass remake of the 1974 classic of the same name, has all the hallmarks of a seasonal turkey rather than a dark festive cracker.

Bob Clark’s superior original is widely credited with providing the inspiration for slasher movies such as Halloween and benefited from a low-key approach that placed tension above violence.

Morgan’s remake is a lousy rehash that lacks any chill factor whatsoever.

Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Katie Cassidy are among the shapely occupants of a sorority house who find themselves taunted by a sadistic killer over the Christmas holidays.

Could it be that neighbourhood psychopath Billy Lenz has escaped from prison to pick up where his bloody deeds left off years before?

Morgan attempts to compensate for the overly familiar premise by packing Black Christmas with some very dark humour and supposedly clever in-jokes at the expense of the genre.

But this is no Scream. Rather, it’s a dull retread of countless other remakes that seems to have learned nothing from past failures.

None of the sullen characters warrant any sympathy and merely exist to titillate or get slayed, while the killer himself is over-burdened by a cumbersome back story.

The deaths are gruesome (and warrant a higher certificate) but most are so hopelessly telegraphed that they rob the film of any jumpiness whatsoever.

The ending, too, is so ridiculousy over the top that audiences can’t help but feel angry and short-changed.

The best advice is to slash it from your viewing schedule.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 84mins