This film's title will undoubtedly sound familiar, being of course a remake of the old 1974 film "Black Christmas". What with Hollywood remaking all the old classics in the wake of 2003s "Texas Chainsaw" remake, I guess it was only a matter of time before their attentions were turned to this early festive shocker.
Loosely based on the original, the girls at a college sorority house find themselves being terrorised by a killer hiding in the attic, who begins making threatening phone calls, then starts to despatch them one by one.
However, unlike the original, this version has a backstory concerning the identity of the killer, which has something to do with the sorority house previously being a private residence, where a young lad named Billy was held captive up in the loft by his abusive parents, before he broke out and killed them.
Well it seems that Billy has decided to come home for this Xmas, and with the police unable to get to the house due to the bad weather, it looks like this year’s festivities are going to be murder!
Whilst offering nothing new to the genre, it passes 90mins quite well and features a relatively good cast, including Michelle Trachtenberg (TVs “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”) and Katie Cassidy (TVs “Supernatural” and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” remake). Worth a watch, although the fact there's more than one killer in this is painfully obvious right from the start owing to the fact the first kill happens before Billy's character is even introduced.