Film / Black Christmas (2006)

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"Let the slay ride begin."
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The Remake of the 1974 slasher film Black Christmas, released in 2006.

Much like in the original, group of sorority sisters are celebrating Christmas. But the killer who crashes the party has more than a passing familiarity with their house: he used to live there, and he's going to relive the deaths of his parents.

The remake provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Billy's mother and stepfather kept Billy locked away and beaten for years, all because the poor kid had jaundice and is related to his dead father.
  • Arc Words: "...My family now." These words persist in the heads of the Lenz children.
  • Asshole Victim: It's hard to feel sorry for Mrs. Lenz and her lover since their abuse created a monster like Billy in the first place.
  • Bad Santa: Billy briefly wears a Santa outfit to escape the asylum.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Lauren's outfit.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Billy attacks Leigh through a wall.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: Very much so compared to the original.
  • Body Bag Trick: The not-so-dead Billy and Agnes pull this off in the hospital by the end.
  • Child by Rape: Agnes, conceived by her mother raping her brother Billy.
  • Creepy Doll: Agnes gets one as a Christmas gift in her childhood, and it shows up throughout the film.
  • Crosscast Role: Adult Agnes was played by a man. And it shows.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The candy cane shiv, for starters.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: Megan is lured into the attic by footsteps and a snow globe tune, while Dana is lured under the step by rustling noises.
  • Danger Takes a Backseat: Billy kills both Heather and Eve in their cars.
  • Death by Irony: "You're my cookie, and I could gobble you up!"
  • Death by Sex: The Santa is killed just as he's about to be get it on with a nurse.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Billy's mother and her boyfriend murdering Billy's father.
    • Also, the abuse she inflicts on Billy, just because he's jaundiced.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Billy and Agnes are never seen wearing shoes, despite the movie taking place at Christmas night.
  • Drop the Hammer: Billy's biological father is beat to death with one.
  • Evil Matriarch: Billy's mother, later devolves into Ax-Crazy.
  • Evil Phone/Harassing Phone Call: Like the original, the sorority sisters get creepy phone calls from the killer.
  • Eye Scream: The killer's forte. Nearly every victim will eventually have both eyes plucked out.
  • Expy: Kelli is an expy of the original's Jess (Final Girl status and boyfriend trouble) Lauren is an expy of Margot Kidder's Barb (alcoholic and bitchy)
  • Final Girl: Kelli is the final survivor after Leigh is killed off.
  • A God Am I: One of Billy's fellow asylum inmates apparently has messianic delusions:
    Orderly: Happy birthday.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: The deaths of the Santa, Heather, and the morgue attendant.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up:
    • Want to see what a head looks like after it gets sliced by an ice skate? This movie's got you covered.
    • You also see one of the victim's eyes forcibly plucked out while their head is covered with a bag.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Lauren drinks the most out of the sorority.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Billy murdered his family on Christmas. Years later, the sorority house becomes a slaughterhouse on Christmas.
  • Hostile Weather: A snowstorm and the accidents it's causing make it so the authorities won't be able to reach them for several hours.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Billy and Agnes. Two words: Skingerbread men.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
    • Ms. Mac's death is by an icicle through her mouth and out the back of her head.
    • How Billy ultimately dies, falling over the hospital railing and onto a Christmas tree with a pointy top.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: The death of the sanitarium guard.
  • Improvised Weapon: Christmas ornaments, a rolling pin, a candy cane, an ice skate, a gardening claw, the list goes on...
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and a few others. Surprisingly effective.
  • Jerkass: Kyle, thanks to cheating on Kelli by having sex with Megan. His response after he's caught? "Fuck all you bitches."
    • Heather is also rather unpleasant, Ms. Mac even comments on it as she's getting the car ready.
  • Kick the Dog: Billy's mother crushing the "Baby's First Christmas" bulb, and later telling him that Santa was shot down by the Russians.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: It is immensely satisfying to see Billy getting revenge on his stepfather and mother for all the things they've done to him. The former being impaled through the head with a Christmas tree topping and the latter being strangled and brutally beaten to death by a rolling pin.
  • Kill the Cutie: Melissa, the only main sister besides Kelli who is halfway decent. Leigh is also a decent character, but isn't one of the sisters.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Billy's mother despised his father, and by extension him (the fact that he looked like That Yellow Bastard only added to that hatred). She and her lover wound up murdering Mr. Lenz, and kept Billy locked up in the attic, presumably only giving him the bare minimum to survive.
  • Made of Plasticine: It apparently runs in the family, as both Billy's stepfather and Billy himself are Impaled with Extreme Prejudice, the former by a christmas tree, no less.
    • Ms. Mac is also impaled, clean through her skull, by an icicle.
  • Man on Fire: Billy and, less severely, Agnes end up in flames when they don't escape the burning sorority in time.
  • Mythology Gag: Several, like most remakes: the victims ending up with bags over their heads, the attic being the most important part of the house for the killers, and Andrea Martin as Mrs. MacHenry, who was Phyl in the original Black Christmas.
  • Neck Snap: Leigh dies by Agnes snapping her neck.
  • Nerd Glasses: Eve wears thick-framed glasses.
  • Not Quite Dead: Billy and Agnes survive the sorority house burning down.
    • Subverted in the UK cut, where Billy is, in fact, horribly burned in the fire, and later dies on the operating table.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Justified, Billy and Agnes frequently use the vents and crawlspaces in the house, and again in the hospital.
  • Off with His Head!: Eve's is found decapitated in her car while Melissa's death is more of a partial example (and by ice skate of all things).
  • Organ Dodge: Kelli stabs Agnes in her glass eye.
  • Parental Incest: Billy's mother rapes him in an insane attempt to impregnate herself. She succeeds.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: Agnes favours this look with the left part of her face obscured.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Eve is found decapitated.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: Clair's death, and the first instance of Eye Scream in the film.
  • Rape as Backstory: Obsessed with having another, better child, Mrs. Lenz, after her lover passes out during a bout of drunken sex, goes up to the attic where she keeps her deformed son Billy, and rapes him, successfully giving birth to a daughter nine months later. Suffice it to say, this contributed greatly to Billy's already steady descent into insanity.
  • Red Herring: Eve, who is obsessed with Billy Lenz, to the point of taking his old room in the sorority house, is initially implied to be the second killer... until they find her body.
  • Red Right Hand: Billy's skin is yellow thanks to jaundice. Agnes's gold-colored fake eye may also count.
  • Rich Bitch: Heather. In spades.
  • Rolling Pin of Doom: Billy kills his mother with one.
  • Scary Black Man: The asylum guard keeps the inmates in line. If only he affected Billy a lot more.
  • Title Drop: An old newspaper found in Eve's room mentions that Billy's first rampage was dubbed "Black Christmas".

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