“Ho ho ho, bitch. You messed with the wrong sisters.”
The trailer has been released for Black Christmas, the second remake of the influential 1974 horror film of the same name. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Michelle Trachtenberg starred in a 2006 remake that really, really wasn’t good. So, how will we fare this time?
The film tells of a group of sorority girls – Riley Stone (Imogen Poots), Marty (Lily Donoghu), Kris (Aleyse Shannon), and Jesse (Brittany O’Grady) – that are in for one hell of a Christmas season. A black-masked stalker begins taking out girls one by one, making the men on campus suspects and pushing the college sisters to team up to avoid becoming the next victims.
Hey, studios, here’s a wild idea: don’t reveal too much in your trailers. Sigh. The many plot beats revealed aside, the trailer makes it look like a serviceable enough ‘girl power’ slasher, although there doesn’t seem to be anything to make it stand out from the plethora of similar slasher films out there. The original classic was incredibly atmospheric and filled with tension, this… guess we’ll see.
Directing is Sophia Takal, entering the mainstream after much smaller films Green and Always Shine. Takal also co-wrote the screenplay with first-time feature writer April Wolfe.
Black Christmas, also starring Cary Elwes, Simon Mead, and Caleb Eberhardt, arrigves in Australia on December 12 and opens in the US on December (Friday the) 13th.
Official synopsis for Black Christmas:
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.
This December, on Friday the 13th, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas.