Black Christmas (2006) - Trailer

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  1. MrKateB

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    At the risk of pissing off fans of the original (which I am myself) I think this has the potential of being better than average, but it also has the potential of being really lousy, too, for the reasons described above...

    I do think what worked so well with the original film was the mystery surrounding Billy's identity, but perhaps all the stuff shown in the trailer is meant to throw you off? I dunno...It really could go either way, beyond the issue that it's yet another remake.

    I don't see any way that this will end up being PG-13, because the new Fangoria has an article on it and there are some pretty gruesome looking pictures in there. Haven't had a chance to read any of the article, but I did focus on a paragraph where the director said they were not going PG13 route.

    Anyway...I think I will probably end up seeing this unless further glimpses or news warns otherwise, I won't expect anything other than some adrenaline scares and hopefully some good creepy moments during Christmas season...I'm not ready to 100% fully discount it yet, but I may be "eatin them words" come Black Christmas time...
     
  2. maskull

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    There's the part in the trailer when the girl puts the phone on speaker phone and that's obviously the voice of Billy. It sounds like the guy doing the voice tries to replicate the original style but half way chokes and then switches to a cleaner style. It sounds a little goofy.
     
  3. It's me Billy

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    I never expected this to be anywhere near as good as the 1974 original so I'm not as disappointed or angry as others are. You have to remember that a lot of the modern movie-going public are dullards and expect to have everything spelled out for them. One thing that has me jazzed is how festive this film looks. That's one thing they got right; lots of Christmas decorations. I also love that lovely little Lacey has a part in this, though she should have been chosen as the heroine. She looks somewhat similar to Olivia Hussey's Jess Bradford, I think. Not only will I be seeing this on opening day, I'll be buying it on DVD later in the Spring. It will be a nice companion to my 2006 SE and 2002 CE DVDs of the 1974 original.

    Hey, it can't be anywhere near as bad as Psycho (1998). Now that is a piece of shit.
     
  4. DopeChamberX

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  5. I think I'll pass on this one.
     
  6. YottNik

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    "You're my family now."

    Wow, that's awful! :lol:
     
  7. Myron Breck

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    Just caught the trailer on the CLERKS II disc and I must say it looks pretty terrible. I'll rent it of course, just in case, but it looks pretty "hip" and lame.
     
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    i will get iot when it hits dvd i thought it look cool though i caught the tv spot on wwe raw
     
  9. maskull

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    I saw the trailer on TV the other night and...I still really dislike the voice of the killer. It's not very scary (well I suppose it might be if it was happening to me but it ain't). Anyway I'm still looking forward to this but I don't see how it can work as well as the original when one of the best things about the original has been so drastically changed.

    Unless they actually come up with some original ideas of their own to scare people....
     
  10. Myron Breck

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    :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  11. Cydeous

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    I couldn't agree more.
     
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    the killer in the remake is a modern day spiderman.:confused:
     
  13. DopeChamberX

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    Saw a commercial on TV for this the other night and OMG. The last shot of the commercial is little Michelle Tractenberg with a big-ass shotgun saying, "Merry Christmas Mother Fucker!"

    My soul died just a little... :cry:

    The UK Site has a few clips up as well
     
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    BWAH HA HA HA HA!!!

    Wow, this is going to suck ass! :lol: :lol: :lol:
     
  15. Justin Kerswell

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    That particular shot isn't in the UK version. Sound like we got the better of the deal.

    Make no mistake, this is a travesty - but, if you can forget they are trashing a classic, it's an entertaining and very silly slasher flick. Well, maybe the US Dimension edit pushes it into a different realm altogether.
     
  16. DopeChamberX

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    Hmm.. I just been doing some research to make sure what I saw was accurate and Dread Central had this article (Beware: MAJOR Spoilers in it). Sounds like this could take the crown, as "most-fucked-with-movie-by-Dimension", from Halloween 6. Interesting...
     
  17. Justin Kerswell

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    Ok, further to my recent post here's the review I just posted on my site ...

    BLACK CHRISTMAS 2006 (UK version) review
    By Justin Kerswell

    Contains some spoilers

    In John Waters’ FEMALE TROUBLE Dawn Davenport knocks a Christmas tree on top her mother just because she didn’t get cha-cha heels. Glen Morgan pretty much does the same to the memory of the original BLACK CHRISTMAS (and then sends it a turd in a box for good measure) – but, surprisingly, this remake still isn’t completely worthless.

    Firstly, Morgan certainly made good on the promise of ripping away any mystique the killer Billy had in the 1974 version. In the remake we get the full back-story, right from “Baby’s first Christmas 1970”, where Billy’s Mom tells the boy’s kindly father in no uncertain terms that this wasn’t the child she wanted. Billy was born with jaundice – a condition that makes his skin yellow – and is only seemingly introduced to signify him from the beginning as being an “other” (following in the not so grand tradition of the slasher flick and psychological horror film in placing the blame for psychopathic tendencies on physical malaise). It probably goes without saying that Billy’s childhood is not a happy one – it is full of cruelty, murder and incest. Finally, in 1991, Billy, now a grown man (and handsome pretty boy to boot – albeit a yellow one!), snaps and kills his Mother and Step-father, as well as maiming (but not killing) his younger sister, Agnes (by bagging her head and gouging out one of her eyes – in the same method he saw his Father being killed). The police drag him away to the mental institution after they find him eating ‘skin’ cookies he’s made from his Mother's corpse - all washed down with a glass of milk.

    This story is shown in the several lengthy flashbacks that pepper the first half of the film (and, if truth be told, hamper the flow of the present day action). Billy’s old house is now the Alpha Kappa sorority house, filled to the brim with buff teenage girls (all apart from the obvious red-herring with bottle topped glasses (not to mention collage of Billy in her bedroom!) that makes the other girls think she’s a bit weird). This gaggle of “rich bitches” is presided over by the house mother (Andrea Martin) (who was in the original BLACK CHRISTMAS). They run the gamut of drunken (obviously a nod to Margot Kidder’s character in the original), virginal, horny, sweet, troubled and just plain cookie-cutter fodder. None of them give bad turns, but neither do they particularly distinguish themselves from each other – so dabs on final girl status is open for grabs.

    It’s Christmas Eve, and a major snow storm is blowing outside, meaning that many of the girls won’t be able to get home from Christmas. Instead, they are staying up to give each other presents. Bizarrely, one of the house’s Christmas traditions is for one of the girls to buy Billy a gift (even though they think he’s dead). Quite why they would celebrate a famous murder in the house is just one of the many things you’ll need to suspend you disbelief in this film for.

    Now, it is really no spoiler what-so-ever to let you know that this redux has two killers. Even Agatha Christie with Alzheimer’s could work that one out. One of the sorority sisters is bagged and has her eyes gouged during the opening credits, long before we cut to the Clark Sanatorium where Billy has been incarcerated for the last 15 years. It’s here that you really realise that Morgan really never had any intention of truly matching the intensity or the scares of the original, instead the redux paints itself very broadly with (pitch black) comedy asides and visual puns. Having said that, Morgan has the sense to know that what he’s really making is a horror film with a wide vein of black comedy – so he keeps the horror horrific (in some cases very horrific) and the comedy dead pan. Needless to say, Billy makes good of his promise to escape – utilising a sharpened candy cane and knocking off a lecherous Santa Claus (just for the extra anti-festive flavour).

    Pretty soon, some of the sorority girls start to think there’s something in the attic, and in time honoured tradition they wander off on their own to investigate. And then the phone calls start … If you’ve seen the original you’ll know that the calls were the scariest thing in it. Quite unlike anything heard before: a cacophony of inner torment spewing forth and pained screams. The famous, “It’s me, Billy.” still send shivers down the spine. The remake uses the same technique – but just less so, and any frisson is considerably lessened. The other disturbing factor of the calls in the original was the swearing – and it’s telling that despite the oodles of gore in the remake you obviously can’t use the word 'cunt' any more. So much for progress! … One nice updating though (especially as that the-killer-is-calling-from-inside-the-house trick has been so over used and abused in the 22 years since the first film’s release) is that the killer uses the cell phone of the girl just killed to taunt the others.

    Again, in time-honoured tradition, Morgan’s film has stirred up a hornet’s nest of controversy amongst some Christians in the States. To be honest, the remake is much more anti-Christmas than the original – even extending to one of the girls giving a long speech about how the whole thing is Pagan anyway and points out that Santa is just some creepy old man who spies on young children. You’ve also got a severed head on the Christmas tree and eyeballs as baubles! However, it’s always worth bearing in mind that we’ve been here before – even if the fundamentalists have such short memories. Plus, controversy sells tickets – and I would be surprised if Dimension didn’t organise some faux-outraged patrons to march in indignant circles outside a prominent theatre come Christmas Day.

    Another controversy, however, is the myriad shoots and reshoots of the film. Now we all know what that means – you only have to look at past Dimension hatchet jobs (CURSED and HALLOWEEN: RESSURECTION spring to mind) to see what a mess too many cooks can make. But, in an unprecedented move, the UK has got a different version of the film than the one opening in the US (something which hasn’t happened since back in the early 80s!). Despite this there are some major pacing problems in a very saggy middle section, which still point to studio interference. Now, I haven’t seen the US version (so bear in mind this review is only of the UK version) – but the fact that it, apparently, has one character brandishing a shotgun saying, “Merry Christmas, Muthafucker!” doesn’t fill me with much optimism! One other change I am aware of is that some of the deaths are shorter or different in the US version – most notably the one that audience wincing when I saw it, where one character has her eyeballs pulled out, and then is dragged along the floor by the killer with fingers in her eye sockets, like a gruesome bowling ball, is missing in the US cut. Incredibly, the BLACK CHRISTMAS redux only has a 15 certificate in the UK (which I heard one ashen-faced patron complaining about as we left the screening!). I don’t want to paint the UK version as an out-and-out gore show, as many of the deaths take place off screen (or are shown as just a geyser of blood splashing up a wall), but there is a pleasing vein of misanthropy running throughout, and it doesn’t matter how strong your stomach is, the sight of someone biting into severed eyeballs is sure to make you a little queasy.

    Morgan also can’t help but give a cheeky nod to his FINAL DESTINATION films (you have to wonder why if they made so much money Dimension were hell-bent on meddling), with a particularly daft icicle death.

    Ultimately, this redux is an absolute desecration – it’s like doing a tap dance remake of HALLOWEEN (Rob Zombie – NO!). However, if you can forget that this is a rehash of one of the best slasher films ever – not to mention one of the most influential – then there’s lots of fun to be had with it. The basic formula of sorority girls being stalked by deranged loons in their snow-bound sorority house is a slasher movie fan’s dream. The comedic elements aren’t so odd either, if you just remember that Bob Clark (who is executive producer here) is just as famous for the original BLACK CHRISTMAS as PORKIES. However, I can’t help wonder what would have come of the mooted ‘straight’ remake (or sequel) that was talked about a few years ago and would have reunited Olivia Hussey and John Saxon. Guess we’ll never know (unless this makes enough money to warrant a sequel).

    My advice for the BLACK CHRISTMAS remake: just turn your mind off and just enjoy the cheesy slayride.
     
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    So anyone else seen this?
     
  19. DopeChamberX

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    Thought it was a total mess. Everything that could go wrong with it, did. I'm hoping that on dvd they get to reassemble the director's cut of this. 90% of the footage in the commercials and trailers was not in this at all!! I also have a feeling that maybe some of these alternate scenes are for a Final Destination 3 type dvd, where you get to "choose your own adventure" deal. Who knows, either way I'd strongly advise everyone to save their money for video.
     
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    I saw it and pretty much agree 100% with Justin's review. As a remake it was an abomination...but watchable enough if you can forget the movie is called Black Christmas.
     

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