After the success of last year’s Halloween reboot, Blumhouse is digging up another pre-existing horror property to complement their stable of original films: Black Christmas. Bob Clark’s 1974 genre classic was actually a very influential predecessor to John Carpenter’s own holiday-themed slasher film, so it seems only appropriate that Blumhouse should reinvent this one for a new audience as well. Here’s an excerpt from the recent press release:
Hawthorne College is quieting down for the holidays. One by one, sorority girls on campus are being killed by an unknown stalker. But the killer is about to discover that this generation’s young women aren’t willing to become hapless victims as they mount a fight to the finish. This December, on Friday the 13th, ring in the holidays by dreaming of a Black Christmas.
From director Sophia Takal (Always Shine) from the script she wrote with April Wolfe (Widower), comes a bold new take on the 1974 horror classic starring Imogen Poots (Green Room, The Art of Defense), Aleyse Shannon (Charmed), Brittany O’Grady (Star), Lily Donoghue (The Goldbergs, Jane the Virgin) and Caleb Eberhardt (Broadway’s Choir Boy).
Black Christmas was previously remade in 2006 by Glen Morgan (Willard, The X-Files) but it was not very well-received (although it did feature an early performance by Mary Elizabeth Winstead). Blumhouse offers a better promise of quality, although it will be interesting to see how faithful they are to the original. Director Sophia Takal also helmed a New Year’s-themed episode of the Hulu / Blumhouse anthology series Into the Dark. Black Christmas hits theatres on Dec. 13th. Are you looking forward to a brand new Black Christmas?