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Black Christmas (2019) Review

Updated on June 30, 2020
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As an avid movie watcher with a Bachelor's in Creative Writing, Aurelie is uniquely qualified to review and give opinions on Movies.


The Basics

Black Christmas (2019) is a remake from the original Black Christmas (1974) it follows the same concept. We're following a sorority right around Christmas. The girls begin receiving creepy texts from an obvious alias. This sorority is in a low-key war with a fraternity on the same campus. Girls begin disappearing but everyone naturally assumes they have just gone home for Christmas. Instead they are being murdered.

Production company: Blumhouse Productions, Divide/Conquer

Black Christmas (2019)

I'll begin this by stating I have not seen the original, so I cannot compare them. Essentially from this version, the movie became a battle of the sexes to the extreme. We follow one Riley, our protagonist, with a personal hatred for the head of the fraternity AKO who drugged and raped her. After no one believed her, and everyone moved on from her 'lies' she became quick to be dismissed by everyone. Once her sisters started disappearing around Christmas, Riley begins to suspect serious foul play. But because of her reputation, no one takes her seriously.

The trailer honestly gave away a lot of the good, intense scenes. Which is usually the problem with a lot of trailers. Aside from that, a lot that occurred was painfully predictable and just plain cringe-y. I wonder if this movie is trying to say something or if it is merely just ... a scary movie and it isn't any deeper than that. The girls vs the boys. The men vs the women. People under the ridiculous assumption that men are supposed to be above women or vice versa. Whether the movie is attempting to say something about society is uncertain. But if it was it was incredibly obvious. In fact, my interpretation of the movie is to point out how ridiculous the far extremes come across.

Men who believe women NEED to serve men, to be beneath them in their rightful place. And then women, who believe there are no good men in the world. That all men want to do is rape and take advantage, take control. That none of them can be trusted. Of course, these voices are usually the loudest, so everyone caught in the middle assumes that these are the only voices that exist. The people in the middle get drowned out, those who are more reasonable. And believe in true equality that does even out between men and women alike.

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