1) Bob Clark’s Black Christmas (1974)
Bob Clark’s ‘Black Christmas’-Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Gifting us all at number 1 on our creepy Christmas list is Bob Clark’s immortal classic, Black Christmas.
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If you’ve seen the film, you know how extraordinary scary the film truly is. Starring Olivia Hussey, Margot Kidder, and a pre-Elm Street John Saxon, Black Christmas is one of the most underrated films on the planet. And for many reasons.
Not only is it one of the first slasher films of all-time, releasing the same year as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre years, and four years before John Carpenter officially began the genre with Halloween, Black Christmas is a terror treat.
With its twisted tale of a killer, Billy, who hides in the attic of a sorority and subsequently offs them one-by-one, Black Christmas is the best Christmas horror film ever made. It’s a fact that will probably always be true. The film is the gift that keeps on giving, and every year on December 25th, I unwrapped its brilliance.
Merry Christmas horror heads. Stay warm and be with the ones you love. From all of us at 1428 Elm, we hope you get tons of gory gifts this year!