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Who’s dreaming of a Black Christmas?- classic remake in theatres Dec 13, 2019
Just in time for the holidays comes a timely take on a cult horror classic as a campus killer comes to face a formidable group of friends in sisterhood. Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. But as Riley Stone (Imogen Poots, Green Room) and her Mu Kappa Epsilon sisters—athlete Marty (Lily Donoghue, The CW’s Jane the Virgin), rebel Kris (Aleyse Shannon, The CW’s Charmed), and foodie Jesse (Brittany O’Grady, Fox’s Star)—prepare to deck the halls with a series of seasonal parties, a black-masked stalker begins killing sorority women one by one.
As the body count rises, Riley and her squad start to question whether they can trust any man, including Marty’s beta-male boyfriend, Nate (Simon Mead, Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story), Riley’s new crush Landon (Caleb Eberhardt, Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle) or even esteemed classics instructor Professor Gelson (Cary Elwes).
Whoever the killer is, he’s about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t about to be anybody’s victims. It’s Friday the 13th, so why not ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas.
From director Sophia Takal (Always Shine) from the script she wrote with April Wolfe (Widower), comes a bold new take on the 1974 Canadian slasher classic produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Split) for his Blumhouse Productions, by Ben Cosgrove (The Good German, Rumor Has It) and by Adam Hendricks (Cam, Bloodline, Lucky) for Divide/Conquer. Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno will executive produce with Divide/Conquer’s Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke.
Fun Facts on the original 1974 Canadian movie.
The original 1974 film was produced and directed by Canadian Bob Clark, and starred a young Margot Kidder and Andrea Martin?
Gilda Radner originally was cast in the role that Andrea Martin played, but had to back out after a month of production due to her commitments to Saturday Night Live, which later brought her much fame.
It was shot in and around Toronto, although it was inspired by the urban legend “The babysitter and the man upstairs” and a series of murders that took place in the Westmount section of Montreal.
The film was originally released under the title Silent Night, Evil Night, and is regarded as one of the earliest slasher films that inspired the likes of Halloween, and Friday the 13th.
The film later had its television debut under the title, Stranger in the House, and created controversy due to its similarity to a few sorority house murders in the Florida area, that were later attributed to the infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy.
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