I have always felt Black Christmas is superior to Halloween. Saying that both are great films. Halloween does have some good Character development but Black Christmas has about ten characters and they are all interesting and well developed not to mention that I believe Olivia Hussey does a much better job of acting then Jammie Lee Curtis IMO. Especially towards the end when she is yelling upstairs for her friends. This scene sends chills down my spine. Halloween has great music that ranks it among with the best scores, the problem for me is that it can can get a bit repetitive. I also think this is the case with many of it's scenes. You see him. then you look away and then you look back and then he's gone. They do that scenario too may times. He's not supernatural he's just a person. Black Christmas score overall isn't as memorable but it's still great. It's more subtle as it has these creepy sounds effects throughout with one amazingly effective murder scene set to a back drop of children singing christmas carols. Not to mention the creepy obscene phone calls that just gets under your skin. One thing that bugs me about Holloween is that there are a few times when Myers try to stab Jamie lee Curtis when she is not looking and misses by a mile. He just killed everyone else no problem, so why is he all of a sudden have such difficulty but hey that's a small quibble. One thing I look at when thinking of these two films is that they are both extremely influential but Halloween I believe is also at fault for started some of the worst of the slasher cliche's. The sluts have to die, The guy swinging upside down from the closet for no good reason, The walking killer, the Killer is never really dead I mean how many times does Jamie Lee Curtis hurt Myers just enough to knock him out and then walk away like everything is OK. Everyone knows he's going to get up again he just did it in the last couple of scenes. Black Christmas may have started the calling from the house bit which I wouldn't say is a cliche or the going upstairs when she should be going out the door. At lease in BC though you believe she needs to go upstairs because she genuinely doesn't know if her friends are still sleeping or dead. Some people say the cops in Black Christmas are annoying. I love Donald Pleasence but how many times does he have to sprout out those overly dramatic lines, I mean I get it he's evil. Do you need to say it every two minutes. The Ending to Black Christmas is IMO is perfectly ambiguous. You never actually know what happened or who the killer is, It keeps with the rest of the film's mystery. The ending of Halloween is wow what a surprise he got up again. I never saw that coming. Wait for the over dramatic Donald Pleasence he's evil line. The END Ever film has it's flaws though and Halloween does make up for these flaws. It's music is pulse pounding and stays with you, the pacing and cinematography are top notch. It does hold the overall edge in these areas. On the whole though I have to give the edge to Black Christmas It has this haunting effect on me that is hard to shake.