Black Christmas, a classic horror film remade for the first time in 2006 starring these divas Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lacey Chabert and Katie Cassidy the film was written and directed by Glen Morgan. During the films, initial release, the public responded very poorly to the remake of the much-loved original. In 2019 there was another remake, but we would rather not talk about that one.. like ever again.
When it was announced that the movie would be released in December 2006, it drew criticism from religious organizations due to the graphic nature of its subject matter and the fact that it was scheduled to be released on Christmas Day in the United States. This was due to the fact that the film was scheduled to be released in the United States. The movie was initially presented to the general public for the first time on December 19, 2006, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The premiere of the film took place on December 15, 2006 in the United Kingdom, and on December 19, 2006 in the United States. This was the first time the film was shown in public. On December 25, 2006, Black Christmas was at long last made accessible to the general public, in spite of the opposition voiced by a number of religious organizations. According to the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film “pump[s] out the gore and blood with little innovation, humour, or visual flare.” The movie had a budget of less than $9 million, yet it nevertheless managed to bring in $21.5 million all over the world.
Even if a lot of people didn’t like the movie when it came out and a lot of people still don’t, the issue is: was it really that bad? It doesn’t seem likely to me. In my opinion, the newer version of the movie does a far better job of explaining the serial murderer known only as “Billy.” Even if I’m not suggesting that the first one was better than the second one, the reality remains that this one gives us a lot more information about Billy’s past.
When I go back to the remade version of “Black Christmas” that was released in 2006, I recall that I went to see it in the cinema and found that, although I was not entirely unsatisfied with it, I also did not especially like it. This is something that comes to mind when I think about the movie. On the other hand, a different feeling was experienced after a period of fifteen years had gone and a current screening of the film, which was then followed by a viewing of the original, both of which were seen back-to-back. This motion picture provided the feeling that it was essentially a follow-up movie, offering extra insight into the narrative as a whole. In addition, seeing some of the most stunning ladies of the era depicted on screen was like going on another trip down memory lane.
You want to know what the movie is about, do you? It’s basically a repeat of Black Christmas, but with some significant differences this time.
Billy Lenz’s mother, Constance Lenz, mistreated him when he was a baby and he suffered from acute jaundice. She continues to beat him now. On the evening of Christmas Eve in 1975, Billy’s mother’s boyfriend shot and killed Billy’s father, Frank, and buried his body in the crawlspace of the family home. After Billy witnessed her plot, he was locked up in the attic as punishment. In the year 1982, Billy’s mother becomes pregnant by herself in the attic with the help of her son despite the fact that her lover is unable to have any more children. A number of months later, Constance gives birth to their daughter Agnes, and on the occasion of her daughter’s birth, she rejects Billy once more. On Christmas Day in 1991, Agnes, then eight years old, suffered a catastrophic eye injury when Billy ran away from the attic. After taking the lives of his mother and her boyfriend, he goes on to take the life of Agnes. After being apprehended by the authorities while eating cookies made out of his mother’s flesh, he is sent to a mental institution, and Agnes is placed in the care of an orphanage.
On Christmas Eve, Billy, who is now 36 years old, breaks out of his jail cell and makes his way to the location that was once his home but is now used by the Delta Alpha Kappa sorority at Clement University in New Hampshire. A member of the sorority named Clair Crosby is found dead in her bedroom after being murdered by an unidentified individual. Megan Helms, in the meantime, has heard some noises coming from the attic and has gone up there to investigate. The assailant who assaulted Clair when she discovered Megan’s body also kills Megan. Clair was the one who found Megan’s body. The murderer places a threatening phone call to their housemother, Mrs. Mac, as well as to the other sorority sisters, Kelli Presley, Melissa Kitt, Heather Fitzgerald, Dana Mathis, and Lauren Hannon. Soon after, Claire’s half-sister Leigh Colvin, who had been searching for her, found her. The boyfriend of Kelli, Kyle Autry, also shows up, but he is asked to leave once he sees the sex film that Megan took of him and Kelli together. When the electricity goes out, he meets the person in the crawlspace, which ultimately leads to his death. When Dana’s surviving sorority sisters and Leigh understand that she was ambushed by a person, they walk outside to find her. However, they are stunned to see Eve Agnew’s decapitated body in her car when they get there.
As a result of the storm that delayed the arrival of the police, Heather, Mrs. Mac, and Kelli all left the home together, but Melissa and Leigh remained inside. Both Heather and Mrs. Mac are murdered in the vehicle; however, Mrs. Mac’s death is caused by icicles that fall on her. While Kelli and Leigh investigate in the garage, the suspect kills Melissa and then leaves the scene. When Kelli and Leigh returned to the second floor, they discovered the eyeless body of Lauren. In the attic, Kyle climbs the ladder with the other two people in order to investigate; as Kyle ascends the ladder, the attacker, who seems to be Agnes, grabs hold of him and pulls him down to his death. While Kelli and Agnes fight it out in the attic, Billy is climbing through the gap between the house’s walls. Kelli is able to get away from her murderers with the assistance of Leigh just in time to save Billy and Agnes from being burned to death in the fire they ignite.
While Kelli and Leigh are tending to their burns, Billy kills the mortuary attendant who helped him after he was injured at the hospital. During the time that Leigh was having an x-ray done, Agnes showed up in Kelli’s hospital room and murdered her. As soon as Kelli returns to her room, Agnes assaults Kelli through the ceiling, but Kelli is able to defeat Agnes and kill her by using a defibrillator. After that, Billy breaks through the ceiling and chases Kelli down the stairway as he tries to catch her. After a brief altercation, Kelli kills Billy by pushing him over the balcony, where he is fatally pierced by the point of a Christmas tree.
Maybe its nostalgia speaking but I really feel that the film was able to pull it off and add more to an existing film, no sadly it did not have John Saxon in the film but it did hold the line without him.
If you have already watched the movie, you owe it to yourself to give it another go and see it at least once more. Have you never experienced this version before? Give it a shot—you never know, you might enjoy it.
The film, which was released 15 years after Black Christmas 2006, received 3.5 out of 5 stars from me, which is an increase from the first opinions I had about it.
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