Just like Target stores, it looks like Blumhouse is putting out the Christmas decorations early.
Director Sophia Takal is rebooting the ’70s classic Black Christmas with all the tropes and carnage you would expect from that period, and just like the original, this incarnation is more of a who-done-it than a straightforward slasher.
For those of you who remember, the original (1974) starred Olivia Hussey and Margot Kidder as college mates tormented by a murderous stalker in their sorority house during the holidays.
This version appears to follow those same plotlines.
Bob Clark directed the first one and would later become known for his comedies. Ironically his family-friendly “A Christmas Story” has become a holiday staple.
The Black Christmas reboot stars Imogen Poots, Aleyse Shannon, Lily Donoghue, Brittany O’Grady, Caleb Eberhardt, Simon Mead and Cary Elwes.
Here’s a synopsis:
In Black Christmas, 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.
From director Sophia Takal (Always Shine) from the script she wrote with April Wolfe (Widower), comes a bold new take on the 1974 slasher classic produced by Jason Blum (Halloween, Split) for his Blumhouse Productions, by Ben Cosgrove (The Good German, Rumor Has It) and by Adam Hendricks (Cam, Bloodline, Lucky) for Divide/Conquer. Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno will executive produce with Divide/Conquer’s Greg Gilreath and Zac Locke.
Black Christmas opens in the U.S. on Friday, December 13.