Black X-Mas (2006)
Black X-Mas (also pronouced as Black Christmas) is a 2006 American-Canadian slasher film written and directed by Glen Morgan and a remake of the 1974 horror classic of the same name.
On Christmas Eve, an escaped maniac returns to his childhood home, which is now a sorority house and begins to murder the sorority sisters one by one.
Why It Sucks
- Much like Leatherface (2017) and Rob Zombie’s take on the Halloween series, the film gives the killer (Billy Lenz) WAY too much backstory taking away the killer’s mysterious, psychotic nature.
- The film also takes away the fact that the killer is never revealed or explained in the original movie and reduces him to a typical “local legend”-type of killer.
- Billy has a clichéd “miserable childhood with abusive parents” backstory.
- All the actors give bland and hammy performances, wasting usually talented actors like Katie Cassidy, Lacey Chabert, Crystal Lowe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, etc.
- There was no point from Billy getting diagnosed with jaundice at birth.
- It completely lacks the suspenseful and horror-filled charm that the 1974 original film had.
- Some unneeded, over-the-top and disgusting gore, like the recurring kill of the killer(s) gouging and/or stabbing someone's eye out and then eating it which is very nauseating to watch.
- The creepy and obscene phone calls are nothing like the ones from the original.
- They seriously hired a man to play the female killer (Agnes) which is some terrible casting.
- It’s incredibly obvious throughout most of the film that the one killing the sorority girls isn’t Billy (it’s Agnes) and the movie treats it like a twist after Kelli stabs her in the eye with a poker.
- Both Billy and his daughter-sister, Agnes, are lame antagonists and are not as intimidating or suspense-building as the original unidentified killer.
- The infamous scene where Billy’s own mom rapes him at the AGE OF 12.
- To make things worse, he gets her pregnant from the result.
- The scenes have some very poor execution.
- Unlike the original killer who stayed hidden and killed his victims off one by one without being seen, these killers kill right out in the open without any subtlety or build up.
- In some scenes in the film, you can obviously tell the snow is fake.
- All of the characters are either unlikable, one-dimensional or just plain bland.
- The line “She’s my family now.” is way overused.
- It’s also basically a rip-off of Freddy Krueger’s “I’m your boyfriend now!” from the original A Nightmare on Elm Street.
- One of the sorority sisters, Eve, is EXTREMELY pointless to the plot and serves no purpose other than to be a red herring and another body for the killers. You can literally write her out of the script completely and the plot would’ve stayed the same.
- Plus, all of the other characters acts like she’s some kind of weird person.
- Several amounts of executive meddling, where even the director of the film (Glen Morgan) hated the result of what the movie turned out to be.
- The final act where the killer(s) are revealed to still be alive and chasing the female protagonist around a hospital feels like a copy and rip-off of Halloween II.
- Mrs. Barbara MacHenry’s death in this movie is extremely unrealistic, she gets impaled right through the head by an icicle after witnessing Heather’s death, which in reality would not be strong enough to go through her head.
- Several scenes from the trailer are nowhere to be a scene in the film itself, the most well-known one is Melissa holding and pointing a gun at someone while saying “Merry Christmas, motherf*cker”.
- It’s pretty decent to see Andrea Martin (who was one of the main sorority sisters in the original Black Christmas named Phyl) return to play a role in this film.
- The film is quite colorful and vibrant.
The film holds a 15% approval rating on the internet review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, labeled "rotten" based on 58 reviews. The site's critical consensus reads: "A gratuitous remake of the 1974 slasher, Black Christmas pumps out the gore and blood with zero creativity, humor, or visual flair." On Metacritic, the film was given an average rating of 22/100 based on 17 reviews. The film has been characterized by film scholars and critics as an example of a contemporary slasher film.
- Amanda Seyfried auditioned for the lead role of Kelli but lost to Katie Cassidy.
- Out of all the actresses in the film, Lacey Chabert is the only one out of all the others in the film that was not involved with the horror genre, whether it be a movie or TV series, prior to this film.
- After the box office failure of Willard (2003), Glen Morgan stated that if this film were to bomb it would be the end of his directing career. This film would be a critical and financial failure (grossing only $21 million against a $9 million budget and receiving an abysmal 15% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) unfortunately proving his fears correct because, as of 2016, he has yet to direct another film.
- Lacey Chabert injured her leg on the first day of shooting while filming the crawlspace sequence where Agnes kills her character. The actress flew back to Los Angeles to see a doctor, and coincidentally enough, the doctor who treated her was the stepfather of her co-star, Katie Cassidy.