For the 3rd review of Christmas, I give you:
I first saw this movie no more than 2 months ago, and in the short time periods between then and now, this has become one of my favourite horror movies, and one that I look forward to watching every Christmas.
With such a simple plot – a group of sorority sisters are stalked by a killer during their Christmas break – it might be easy to write this movie off as a typical slasher. Which you should NOT do.
From the well-established holiday setting, to the camerawork which inspired so many horror films to come (including ‘Halloween’ (1978), to the fantastic cast of Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, John Saxon, Andrea Martin and the late Margot Kidder (RIP), to the way the whole movie is done. What makes this such a great movie for me is, the Christmas setting and the slasher tropes mix together like Rum & Egg Nog. The characters’ reactions to the horrors occurring around them is very realistic, and really helps the viewer care about them. Especially come their death. The two most iconic things in this movie are certainly the way Margot Kidder’s character is killed. It’s such a gruesome yet, artistic scene that stands out, and puts it above so many other slashers. The other thing has to be the recurring phone calls throughout the movie. There’s such unsettling sound design sprinkled throughout the 98 minute runtime, it’s ultimately creepier than any Friday the 13th or Halloween ever featured. At least for me.
Not a lot I can complain about with this one. It’s a well-crafted low budget slasher that I have only seen twice, but I can’t wait to watch it many more times in the future, and the fact that it was made 4 years before ‘Halloween’, how this movie was the start of the upcoming slasher craze, makes this one all the more important.
Much like the original Superman, it’s a movie that makes me miss Margot Kidder. Watching it is my way of remembering her.
Final Verdict: 9/10